BAO BAKERY CHINESE STEAMED BUNS AND FILIPINO FOOD – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

 Bao Bakery is the younger hipster version of Vancouver’s
famous historic New Town Bakery & Restaurant.

New Town Bakery, and Bao Bakery serve Cantonese cuisine,
and also Filipino dishes.

Bao Bakery shares the same recipes for steamed buns, and pastries.
However, unlike New Town Bakery, there are no soups, wontons, or chow mein at Bao Bakery, but they do have Siu Mai Dim Sum.

Egg Rolls also known as Lumpia to Filipinos
is served with a side of sweet sauce. $5.25 (9 Pieces)

Chicken filled steam bun $2.85.

BBQ Pork (Asado) filled steam bun $2.50
One of the most popular steamed bun.

Ube Bun $1.95
Soft and delicious.

Ube Puff $2.25
Not so much a puff, more like a crumble.

If you’re craving wonton noodle soup with your steamed buns,  you’ll have to go to New Town Bakery for that.

PRICE:
$ Affordable. Ok prices.
Nothing too expensive but not super cheap.

QUALITY:
Good portion size, and flavors.
Freshness depends on the time of baking.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Fast, unfussy. English speaking.

VERDICT:
Good steamed buns, pastries,
and Filipino snacks.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
5115 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8

PHO LONG RESTAURANT VIETNAMESE CUISINE EAST VANCOUVER FRASER STREET – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

GOOD QUALITY AND CHEAP!

The Price is Right
Pho Long is one of the rare restaurants in Vancouver
offering a Large Bowl of Pho Beef Noodle soup Under $10. Too good to last forever, right?

 The space is large and is good for families. There’s a large TV with Vietnamese entertainment, and lots of neon lights.

We noticed that this restaurant has a funny smell in the dining area, like bathroom cleanser or worse. Something off-putting. It stinks!

What We Ordered

#1 Pho Long Dac Biet Special Combination $9.55 Large
Rare beef, well done brisket, flank, tendon, beef ball, tripe.

Delicious combination of ingredients!

#27 Cha Gio Spring Rolls
Per Piece (1 Roll) $3.49 (2 Rolls) $6.98 (3 Rolls) $10.45

#30 Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio $10.55
BBQ Pork, spring roll on noodles, no soup.

On a second trip to Pho Long.
#1 Pho Long Dac Biet Special $9.55 Large
Rare beef, well done brisket, flank, tendon, beef ball, tripe.

#23 Goi cuon Salad Roll $3.55
Pork, and Shrimp with noodles.

PRICE:
Very affordable. Good prices!

QUALITY:
Good portion size. Delicious light flavored broth.

SERVICE:
Straightforward service. Nothing fancy.
Good portion of bean sprouts, basil.

VERDICT:
Good prices, and portions. Generous noodles,
meat, and veggies. Tea, water, provided.
CASH ONLY.

Address:
3370 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 1B8

BEST APPLE PIE AT THE PIE HOLE CAFE THANKSGIVING CHRISTMAS VANCOUVER BURNABY – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Sweet and Savory pies in a retro cafe setting.
There are two locations, one in Vancouver, and Burnaby.

There are also Vegan options.

Apple Pie from The Pie Hole $28
with Thanksgiving packaging.
Can feed 4-5 adults. depending on slice sizes!

Definitely add vanilla ice cream! (Not sold at The Pie Hole)

PRICE:
$$ for family pie. Not cheap!

QUALITY:
Nice flavor, crust, and spices. Good selection.
Good coffee.

SERVICE:
Friendly, and answered questions.
Offering food, and drink.

VERDICT:
Unique and popular pie place. Recommend pre-order
for Holidays.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
 3497 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4C3

SHARETEA BUBBLE TEA TAIWANESE DRINK KINGSWAY JOYCE – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

ShareTea is a popular international Bubble Tea chain.
This is the soft opening of the fourth location
in Vancouver.

Bubble tea (Boba) is a drink invented in Taiwan.
Containing chewy tapioca balls, tea, milk, and more.

Sharetea prices range $3.80-$6.30.
Add toppings .50 cents each.

Sharetea prices range $3.80-$6.30.
Add toppings .50 cents each.

VALUE:
Costs more than Starbucks.

QUALITY:
It tastes like bubble tea.

SERVICE:
Soft Opening means slow service.
Staff figuring things out.
They made a mistake with customer orders.

VERDICT:
Another bubble tea chain offering
drink customization. Big space, lots of seats.
Free Wifi. Cash, Debit accepted.

Address:
3619 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5M1

PHO THAI HANG 2 VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

For the adventurous eater.

Pho Thai Hang 2 sounds like a funny name for a restaurant.
The outside of the restaurant is plastered in Vietnamese
language so it seems very intimidating.

If you can get past the store front, the menus inside are in English and you will be pleasantly surprised by the selection of authentic food.

This place offers a variety of authentic Vietnamese food,  not just your standard Pho Beef Noodle soup. While the Pho is fine in itself, there are plenty of other dishes worth trying on repeat visits.

The restaurant is large, and has been around many years. It is popular with real Vietnamese families. It was pretty clean on the times we’ve been here.

What We Ordered

The #32 Pork Skewer and Deep Fried Spring Roll over vermicelli. No Soup.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee.

Lemon Grass pork and rice comes with a side of soup.

VALUE:
Good prices, combos, and portion size.

QUALITY:
Fresh veggies, hot BBQ, and fried spring rolls.

SERVICE:
Basic, fast, friendly. Can be slow during peak times.

VERDICT:
Authentic Vietnamese eats., and good prices.
Large menu, and lots of seating. CASH ONLY.

Address:
 1962 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 4N8

DOSA FACTORY INDIAN CREPE SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE ON KINGSWAY – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

DOSA FACTORY SOUTH INDIAN CUISINE

Dosa Factory on Kingsway serves authentic South Indian Cuisine.
Specializing in Indo-Chinese North Indian, and Tandoori dishes.

Dosa Factory serves more than 100 varieties of Dosas. That’s a lot of Dosa!

 What We Ordered
Lamb Dosa
Lamb Biryani

They also have daily specials like Monday Dosa for $6. Prices have gone up so check the website.

VALUE:
Good prices.

QUALITY:
Nicely cooked dosa, and rice dishes.

SERVICE:
Good service. Nothing special.

VERDICT:
Good place to get some quality Dosa and
South Indian Cuisine.

Address:
1345 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E3

POWELL STREET FESTIVAL 2018 JAPANESE FESTIVAL – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Powell Street Festival is a celebration of the Japanese-Canadian culture in Vancouver.
It is held at Oppenheimer Park in East Vancouver.

A 2-day event with martial arts, family activities, historical walking tours and of course FOOD!

What We Ordered:

BBQ Salmon Dinner Plate $10
Comes with rice, and coleslaw.

Salmon BBQ was slightly salty. Cooked well and not burned.
It fell apart very easily.

Watch out for the bones in the Salmon BBQ!

Spam Musubi
1 Piece for $3
Spam on rice wrapped with seaweed.
Spam and rice is a simple combination, popular in Hawaiian cuisine.

Takoyaki
Octopus or Squid
 6 Pieces for $6

Takoyaki octopus was very good. Maybe a little doughy and soft.
Nice toppings, and sauce. Good portion size and price.

There’s also a Sumo Tournament!
Sumo Tournament also had women competitors.
Winners get a bag of white rice from Fujiya Japanese Market!

Powell Street Fest is a nice way to spend the BC Day Long Weekend. The street parking is limited so walking to the park is a good a idea.

It is located in the downtown east side, so be aware of your belongings. The organizers do a good job of cleaning up the park for the event.

CASH ONLY. Bring cash. No debit or credit accepted by the vendors. There is an ATM in the Buddhist Temple open to the public.