The week blew by quickly. It was only a matter of days before it was the weekend, but it felt like an eternity since coming back from LA. Monday brings an upcoming business trip to YXE consisting of a five-flight segment run. I’m on my way to AC Altitude Prestige! Oh, and I got SPG Gold! #FuckYeah!
Friday – Living the good life with “A” & Neil @ Bambudda. We tried the new menu items and took advantage of their happy hour cocktail menu where we had a Southside and Sidecar. And a special surprise.
A Painkiller – Tarquin and Dom’s rendition of a classic Tiki drink, complimenting the Southern Coastal cuisine and flavours of China and its neighbouring islands and countries. This was delicious (but I’m a sucker for coconut.) Despite the delicious and tasty flavours of this drink, be forewarned – it packs a punch! “A” got the Cosplay and I think the Post Opium later. I cut myself off after the Painkiller.
Pork and Foie Gras Dumplings – salted plum, black vinegar. A tasty, hearty dish. I prefer their scallop and kale dumplings and their prawn dumplings. Still a great dish.
Pearl Dumplings – soy cured yolk, sunchoke, peanut garlic sauce. This is for vegans. Anything vegan is not good. But this is an exception. My only gripe is that it reminded me of the Chinese dessert soup dumbplings “tong yuen” (?) or the glutinous rice dumplings.
(Not pictured – stuffed wings and the tuna yuba rolls, but I posted these in a previous post.)
On to the mains, we tried the Seared Sea Scallops with yellow coconut curry, chicharron. Man, this was an amazing dish. The coconut curry was just right with enough tang and zest to it, with that lingering coconut flavour to balance it out. And the plump scallops accompanied with the garnishes – amazing. I would have liked some rice to soak up that sauce. That stuff was money.
Wuxi Braised Short Rib – house cherng fun, Chinese mustard greens. This is a modern take on the BBQ pork cherng fun you get at dim sum, except this was highly elevated. The short ribs melt in your mouth and was effortless. The noodles were firm, yet held its ground so you could pick up the entire thing without making a mess. And the sauce. Oh man. I loved it. But be careful – you can get full very quickly!
Neil was kind to crack open his bottle of Hakushu 12 for us. Me, Neil, Dom, and Tarquin all had the opportunity to sip on this rarity. At first, it was peaty when neat, but with a splash of water and some time to air out – Sweet Jesus. Heaven. Thank you Neil for sharing this. I loved it.
All in all, an amazing meal, amazing drinks, with amazing friends. Tarquin brought up a good point – Chinese food, unfortunately, suffers from an inherent racism where people would not want to pay for good Chinese food (in the case of Bambudda.) And he’s correct. Where and how do you get such amazing, quality, well-prepared, and fresh Chinese food in this city or anywhere for that matter? If you want it all, you gotta pay, but people hear/see/think Chinese food and detest the idea of paying a bit more. These people are wrong. And people suck. If this were white food, I’m sure people would easily pay double!
I liked the ladies we sat beside. They were fun and open-minded. They enjoyed the food and drinks a lot and had a blast. They were really pretty too. And the white girl at the end of the night probably knew how to speak more Mandarin than I ever could. Hope to see her again. I think her name was Christina?
Saturday – I went to see John @ Pacific Multisport to pick up some insoles and stopped by Trafiq for cake/lunch with a friend. I don’t think I’d go back. The place is a clusterfuck and the cakes were okay at best. Too hipster for my liking. A hipster disaster.
Coconut Cloud – I was disappointed. The cake layer itself was too lemony and not enough coconut. I hate places that make foods that are too politically correct in order to cater to a broad audience. Fuck you because it sucks, okay?
I had the walnut coffee cake. It was not bad. but you needed some coffee to wash it down. And their coffee is horrendous. Avoid like the plague
I felt like a pig so I went for a ride. First ride this year on the CAAD10. Went on my usual route with a detour at English Bay. Closer towards Roundhouse Community Centre, some moron calls me a stupid cyclist, yet, he trips and falls flat onto his face. I guess karma took its toll, eh?
And Cissy – thanks for your insight. It’s true – Ling inspired me to aspire to something more. And I can only thank her for that.
I got an e-mail for the Porsche shindig on the 6th. Should be good.