[MTL] Never Say No to Omakase – Saikō Bistrot Izakaya

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I had my first omakase experience at Ten Masa, in Taipei, last year during Christmas break. Ever since a horrible Japanese food experience I had 3 years ago in Montreal, I never had Japanese food in Montreal again. It left with me an impression of expensive, poor quality, and lack of variety of fish. I always hold my cravings until I go back to Taiwan, where I can get authentic Japanese food without traveling to Japan.

Saikō Bistrot Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant located on Côte du Beaver Hall, which Station Square Victoria is the closest metro station. I’ve walked passed a lot of time whenever I am heading to Old Montreal, but didn’t look further into it. As I already had a big no to all the Japanese restaurants in Montreal, I was still doubtful when my friend suggested to visit this restaurant. I looked it up on Yelp, and it has a lot of good reviews, even from Japanese! Therefore, I decided to give it a try, especially when I found out they have omakase.

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[TW] “The Best Taiwan Roast Duck Restaurant” – Red Lantern in Silks Place Yilan (宜蘭晶英酒店紅樓中餐廳)

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Red Lantern (紅樓中餐廳) is located at the 6th floor of the Silks Place Yilan (宜蘭晶英酒店), which is the only international 5-star hotel in Yilan County of Taiwan. Maybe some of you have not heard of Yilan. It’s situated at the north of Taiwan, right next to Taipei. Yilan has been a popular short getaway destination for people living in the north. There isn’t much constructions, hence the natural sceneries are still well-preserved and not so polluted. I strongly recommend a visit to Yilan (or the east of Taiwan) if you have time! Okay… Back to the main topic..

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[MTL] Filipino Comfort Food – Junior

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This is definitely an overdue post, I have to admit. Junior opened in late October 2014 in Griffintown. It was already one of the most anticipated new restaurants before its opening, hence Kristin from CHEN CHEW and I went there for our first outing together just before I went back to Taiwan for Christmas break in December!

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[MTL] Authentic Sichuan Food Spiced-Up in Brossard – Le Ming Chuan

To be honest, I never thought that I would have a chance to go to Brossard (South of Montreal). However, my friend recommended me a Chinese restaurant there, and she was nice to offer me a ride there, so I thought why not? :) I love spicy foods anyway.

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Le Ming Chuan isn’t new in the neighborhood. It is just right next to  the Taschereau Boulevard. They serve a variety of Chinese foods, but they are the first Chinese restaurant that serves Sichuan food in Brossard! That’s a good news for people who live in the South shore! No more needs to come all the way to downtown for authentic Sichuan food. They have a lot of options and choices, from beef, lamb, chicken, seafoods, preparing in variety of ways. It is also vegetarian friendly too!

They also offer different set menus for people who didn’t know what to choose (just like me…), and would like to try a variety of dishes. Check out their menu for more details!

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[TW] Taiwan’s “mega dumpling” – Ba Wan (肉圓)

As I’ve mentioned in the Xiao Zhan Du Sticky Rice Pudding‘s post, small eats are big things in Taiwan. Ba Wan is one of the Taiwanese foods that we can’t live without. It is no doubt my top 5 Taiwanese food.

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Ba Wan

Ba Wan can be found everywhere, from small booth on the street to food stall in the traditional market. The taste of it varies too. Just like every family knows how to make fried rice, but they all taste differently. The “skin” or the outer layer of Ba Wan is made with rice flour, corn starch, and sweet potato starch, and stuffed with pork and bamboo shoots. The sauce is poured on top upon serving.

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[TW] Xiao Zhan Du Sticky Rice Pudding (小暫渡米糕)

This is another top must-visit place as soon as I come back. This is one of the small eats (小吃) in Taiwan. Small eats play an important role in Taiwanese’s eating. I’ve heard of a philosophy describing Taiwanese food, which is “eat often and eat well”. Basically all these gourmet snacking can be found any time of the day, and not limited to weekdays or weekends.

Sticky Rice Pudding (米糕)

Sticky Rice Pudding (米糕)

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