Thursday, September 22, 2011

My new favourite 出前一丁 favour

I don't eat 出前一丁 (Demae Itcho) a lot... may be a few times a  year...
My favourite 出前一丁 noodle favours used to be:
1) 麻油麵
2) 五香牛肉麵

Recently, I've purchased the new 黑蒜油豬骨湯味.  
I think it's the best.  It's now my #1 favour!  :)

Basically, Nissin has replaced the seasme oil (麻油) with black garlic oil (黑蒜油). 
The black garlic oil added to noodles smells good and is very tasty.  I guess I like strong taste in soup.  That's why I like this new favour more than the seasme oil favour. ;)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

1st Anniversary

Sept 18 was our 1st year Wedding Anniversary. :)

Wen and I went to Kaji Japanese restaurant for our anniversary dinner.  We went to this restaurant before, but this time we were sitting at the sushi bar.  Actually, I like sitting in the sushi bar.  I could see the chef making sushi and sashimi.  :D   They made sushi creation look so easy.

I had the "Waza" tasting menu and Wen had the "Takumi" tasting menu.

For my Waza tasting menu, I've got...

Grilled black cod - This is good.

Chicken nanban and sea eel & cucumber rolled with egg sheet - This is ok...  It's more like Chinese than Japanese.

Simmered winter melon with duck and shrimp cake
This dish is beautiful.  They made the lily to look like sakura.

Grilled matsutake mushroom / hosho style - It's interesting that they used pine in this dish.  Pines were not just used as decorations.  Some pines were cooked with the food.

For Wen's tasting menu:
Sauteed scallop in pumpkin sauce

Simmered daikon and eggplant - I didn't try this one since it had eggplant in it.  Wen said it's spicy.

Grilled crab, tomatio & kuzu cake, and persimmon sunomono - This dish is good.  I like the persimmon sunomono.

Matsutake mushroom soup in tea pot - interesting way to drink soup...

 Lily bulb and sea urchin cake with crab sauce  - I like urchin.  ;)

Grilled shrimp and matsutake mushroom - This dish was beautiful... using maple leaves and pines as decorations...

We had some dishes that are the same for both tasting menu: sashimi and sushi & cold noodle.

For sashimi, we've got sea trout with fish eggs, lobster, cucumber & Japanese beans, bass, tuna, tuna salad with egg and potato, sesame salad.

For sushi, we had multiple dishes.

Cold noodle, urchin on top of rice, eel sushi - I love urchin.  Also, the eel sushi was good.  The one I had at Guu felt apart when I picked it up using chopsticks.  This one didn't fall apart.  It only felt apart after I bite it.  ;)  It was too big to put the whole piece in my mouth.

Lobster with apple sauce on rice, tuna on rice, eel on rice
Notice that the restaurant gave us a different soy sauce when eating sushi. It's darker with a stronger taste.

Last sushi dish... tuna sushi, white fish sushi (I forgot what the fish is), abalone sushi, toro (tuna belly) sushi, scallop sushi, and toro sushi again but the outside is cooked.  My favourite one is toro sushi.  It was very tasty and melt in my mouth.  However, I did felt a little bit of tendon in it.  I guess it wasn't the highest grade. ;)  In HK TV series, they always say that you don't feel tendon in highest grade toro.

For dessert, I had fruit jelly and green tea macaroon

Wen had peach and strawberry

Overall, this restaurant is very good.
For me, it was a bit too much food for me.  I was very very full at the end.
I love their sushi and sashmi... very fresh... very good... ;)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: Fish Soup Noodles House (魚湯店)

 Overall Rating: 4/5

[2012-10-09 - Drove by the place on the weekend and noticed that this place has been closed down. :(  ]

Wen and I went to the Fish Soup Noodles House (魚湯店) twice.  We really like their fish soup.

This store had very good fish soup.   I wouldn't considered it to be the best.  The best fish soup noodle I had was from 楓林閣海鮮酒家.   Unfortunately, 楓林閣海鮮酒家 had been closed down for a long time. 

For $7.50, we got to pick the type of soup (i.e. fish soup, tom yum goong soup, etc.) , the type of noodle (i.e. rice noodle, vermicell, etc) and 2 toppings (i.e. beef, fish balls, etc.).  Additional toppings required additional charges. 
The first time we went there, I had tried the fish soup with vermicelli (粉絲), pork neck pieces (豬頸肉), and  fish skin dumpling (魚皮餃).  The fish soup had strong fish taste but no 魚腥味.  The soup was hot, which I liked it very much.  In additional to my two selected toppings, the noodle soup also contained japanese crab meat (蟹柳), mushrooms (冬菇), bean curd skin (腐皮), Loofah (勝瓜), and green onion (蔥).   The pork neck pieces and fish skin dumpling were both very good.

We also had 2 appetizers: pan fried fish cake (煎魚餅) and spicy beef brisket (川味牛腩).  They were both good.  The fish cake had small pieces of squid in it, which make the taste and feeling (口感) better than normal fish cakes.  We had ordered the fish cake again the second time we were there.

Today, we went to the Fish Soup Noodles House for a second time.  There were lots of customers.  I had the fish soup with vermicelli (粉絲), cuttlefish balls (墨魚丸), and squid (魷魚).   Wen had  the fish soup with rice noodle (河粉), cuttlefish balls (墨魚丸), and beef (滑牛肉).

The additional toppings were more or less the same as last time: japanese crab meat (蟹柳), mushrooms (冬菇), bean curd skin (腐皮), white turnip (白蘿蔔), and green onion (蔥).   I didn't like the white turnip.  Since I don't really like white turnip except for pan fried turnip cake (蘿蔔糕), I wasn't the right person to comment on it.  However, Wen also preferred the white turnip to be softer, so it wasn't just me.  The cuttlefish balls were good, but the squids were a bit chewy.  The squids were probably boiled a bit too long.

We also had the pan fried fish cake and the tea taste chicken wings (茶味雞翅) for appetizer. The chicken wings had a smoke taste to them, but I didn't taste any tea taste.  It's good if you don't treat it as tea taste chicken wings.

Fish Soup Noodles House 魚湯店

505 Hwy 7 E
Unit 50-53
Thornhill, ON L3T 7P6

View Larger Map