Logo’s Bakery – Chinese Buns
Feb20

Logo’s Bakery – Chinese Buns

I just realized today I haven’t written a blog post about a place I’m always at, Logo’s Bakery.  If you love Chinese pastries and baked goodies, this is one of my favourite places to get them here in Calgary.  This is my usual routine when I go there, have dim sum at Central Grand upstairs, then walk down the steepest set of stairs ever, and right there, Logo’s Bakery, with tons of different options.  My usuals are raisin sticks, coconut buns, pineapple buns, hot dog buns, and something curry. The baked goods are super fresh, very tasty and I always pick up at least 6 or a dozen for home.  Prices are very reasonable and you won’t be disappointed in this place.  You can find this place on the main floor in the 2 storey Chinese mall on the SW corner of 16th Ave and Centre Street N. What’s In Front Of Us:...

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Kung Hei Fat Choi Happy New Year – Forbidden City
Jan22

Kung Hei Fat Choi Happy New Year – Forbidden City

It’s that time of year again, Chinese New Year!  Year of the Dragon!  Kung Hei Fat Choi!  Since I’m chinese it’s a feast fest every time this great day comes around.  Usually we spend Chinese New Year’s in Vancouver but this year we’ve decided to stay here.  As a family we always head out at least once to have a nice big dinner, this year it was at Forbidden City in Pacific Mall in the NE.  For 4 adults and my 2 little girls, my mom ordered 6 dishes.  It had to be an even number of dishes (superstition), so that means, tons of food. When Forbidden City first opened we weren’t huge fans of the restaurant but over the past year it has been excellent for dim sum and dinner meals.  The quality in my opinion is getting better and better.  The dishes are cook just perfect every time.  For this festive meal we started off with my all time favourite soup, Crab Meat and Fish Maw soup, so delicious, if you ever try it, make sure you put a little spoonful of red vinegar in it.  Next up is my all time favourite Chinese Veggie, Dou Miao (Snow Pea Stems), fried perfect with garlic.  This next dish was nothing fancy, stir fried shrimp and asparagus, but let me tell you it was outstanding, the shrimp were cooked absolutely perfect and tender and the flavours where, mmm mmm mmm.  Crispy Chicken was moist, flavourful and tender, the fish was fantastic and this tofu was a new dish we had not tried before, dip this in some hot sauce and you have an absolute winner!  The Last dish we had is everyone’s favourite, Peking Duck.  Always great from here, never disappointed and plenty to go around today. I hope you all have a prosperous, happy and healthy new year! Happy Chinese New Year!...

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Delicious Dim Sum – Central Grand Restaurant
Dec22

Delicious Dim Sum – Central Grand Restaurant

    Restaurant: Central Grand Restaurant Cuisine: Chinese Date Visited: December 11, 2010   10:30am Location: 1623 Centre Street Northeast Hours:  7 Days a week, 10am until late (call to find out when they close) Contact: 403-277-2000 Price Range: $3 to $6 per Dim Sum item, ranging from $15 to $20 per person if eating lots. Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 4.5/5 Service: 3.5/5 Ambiance: 3.5/5 Overall: 4.5/5 Additional Comments: Traditional Push Cart Dim Sum Free parking available it does get full fast but street parking is close by I normally go early around 10:30am usually and never have to line up The food is mainly fresh and hot even for being a push cart style Dim Sum Restaurant is a good size so it can fit large groups Convenient location Best Egg Tarts ever and Best Char Sui So (pastry) I grew up all my life around Dim Sum (Chinese brunch) mainly eating it in Toronto, Calgary, and, Vancouver.  I’m not sure if this is fortunate or unfortunate, I guess it’s who you talk to, but I’ve never tried chicken feet, I’ve attempted but I just can bring myself to eat it.  That’s probably the only thing I won’t eat at Dim Sum.  I have my favourite items in each Dim Sum restaurant whether it is from Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver.  If you are looking for an overall good experience and quality of food with Dim Sum, I have a handful of locations to suggest, but I would say this place ranks among the top.  I love the traditional push cart style of dim sum service, just takes me back to being a little boy in awe of all the food going by me.  I can’t disagree though when you go to places now, you can order off a piece of paper which makes the food is hotter and fresher.  My personal preference is push cart though. All the items that I’ve tried at Central Grand have been very good.  I find the taste and quality of each dish is amazing, it makes my mouth water while I’m typing this review.  The top items, sui mai (pork dumpling) and har gow (shrimp dumpling) are very good quality plus it’s always hot because they sell this the fastest.  The bests of this Dim Sum are the egg tart.  By far and no joke, these are the best egg tarts I’ve had in my...

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Home of the Wor Won Ton – Kings Restaurant (Wonton King)
Nov19

Home of the Wor Won Ton – Kings Restaurant (Wonton King)

Restaurant: Kings Restaurant Cuisine: Western Chinese and North American (Breakfast and Lunch) Date Visited: November 19, 2010 Location: 104 Meridian Road NE, on the corner of Barlow Trail and Centre Ave. Hours:  Mon to Fri 7:30am-4:00pm  Sat and Sun 8:00am-2:00pm  Holidays-Closed Contact: (403) 272-2332  www.kingsrestaurant.net Price Range: $5 to $11 Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 4/5 Service: 4/5 Ambiance: 3.5/5 Overall: 4/5 Additional Comments: –          Parking on the side of the building and street (watch the signs for where you can park) –          Been around for 25+ Years –          Popular for Lunch –          Local Favourite –          Casual Dining –          3 Satellite locations around the City (Wonton King) –          Get their early, it lines up often –          Serve Breakfast and other non-Chinese menu items –          Down at the Stampede Grounds during the Calgary Stampede If you’ve ever wondered where Guy Fieri, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, would go if he came to Calgary, he would check out this diner style gem that many Calgarian’s love which is King’s Restaurant.   They are famous for their #5 Original Wor Won Ton Soup, which is a complete meal in itself. I’ve been going to King’s for about 10+ years now, it was easily a place that we rolled out of bed late on a weekend and dragged ourselves over there for some great food to energize us for the day.  I even had quite an addiction to this soup where I would get the soup and the insides separated, so I could bring it home to Regina, SK, when I lived there for a few years.  Once heated back up on the stove, it tasted like I sitting right there in the diner enjoying one of my favourite meals.  There are many other menu items that I’ve tried, like different appetizers and rice dishes which I like very much as well.  Even for the people who aren’t feeling up to Chinese style food, there are some burgers which I hear from a friend that they are amazing.  I guess I’ll see if I can pry myself away from the #5 Wor Won Ton Soup to give it a shot.  When I first went to King’s I use to describe the place like a truck stop restaurant with no trucks.  Now when I go to King’s I think of it as a great Diner.  Simple and nice decor, over the years they have updated the place with newer...

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