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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot 韓州豆腐火鍋

4500 Kingsway #1218 (Crystal Mall)
Burnaby, BC V5H 2A9
Tel: (604) 434-8098

The taste of food here makes people keep coming back. This place has Taiwanese style Korean food, well more specifically 'tofu hot pot' because their menu only consists of those things. Although you can also order some bubble tea here but I wouldn't expect too much. Its more of a lunch place since at night they close fairly early (@ 9pm). There are ALWAYS lineups outside and inside. Because its always packed, you might be put at a table that's right beside another set of customers and it might be socially awkward for people who aren't used to that (sitting at the same table as other customers is common in small restaurants in Asia). Like most Asian places, this place is cash-only.

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Korean BBQ on Rice $6.90
Tasty! The meat was sweet and went well with the rice, vegetables and egg. Didn't like the tofu that much, but it tasted better mixed in with the rice. The soup was too salty :( This dish is a favourite among many and also for those who don't eat soupy noodles.

Seafood Tofu Hot Pot $5.90
Tasty broth and I really like the vermicelli and tofu. This place has the best tofu hotpot in Burnaby! (Better-tasting than Sasaya's on Royal Oak). This time they did not give me mussels that had a shell on them or even one that's decent-sized. Next time I go there though I will still order this!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oysi Oysi Japanese & Chinese Restaurant

1136 Alberni St. (Downtown)
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A5
Tel: (604) 682 - 0011

I found that the food here was surprisingly good. I'm usually skeptical of these 'typical Japanese food' types of places (ie. Daimasu, Fish On Rice, Richmond/Kingsway Sushi). Oysi Oysi took me by surprise! I really like the traditional decor and general atmosphere. Even though its located in downtown, the food isn't priced ridiculously expensive. The taste and quality of food is definitely a lot better than most of those other "Japanese" restaurants although I wouldn't group it with places like Guu. I want to come back to try the other things on their menu! I've gone there twice now, once for dinner, once for lunch.

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Sashimi Salad $11
3 of each salmon, tuna, prawn...
Very yummy! I would get this again so other people could try it, even though I don't order 'salad' usually...

Tuna Tataki ~$8
I would get this again ^_^ so tasty! the tuna pieces were the right size for me. And I really love the liberal amounts of green onion on top!

House Roll ~$7
No artificial crab here.
I would also order this again, its really unexpectedly tasty.

Lunch Combo $7.25
Miso, rice, 5 sashimi, chicken teriyaki, 2 prawn tempura, some veg. tempura.
Prawn tempura was really good! Chicken teriyaki was crispy and perfectly cooked. The sashimi was like an added bonus. For this price especially, this combo is REALLY GOOD!

Lunch Combo $7.50
Tonkatsu ramen with cha siu and egg & gyoza
This didn't taste as good as the other things :( the soup base was mediocre (doesn't stand up to the nearby ramen shops, cha siu (pork) was REALLY tasty though! :) The noodles themselves are white and straight, they remind of Chinese ramen noodles more than Japanese ramen. Gyoza's were good though. I wouldn't order this again..

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