Today is a simple post – a post about beef noodles. They followed ten days of laugh-filled friend time, during which my pals called Vegetables took a serious backseat to dumplings, bacon, and chocolate. I had such a wonderful time sharing my 365 experience with Emily and Suzie, and know they were so pleased to finally see Richmond in person. But MAN did we eat!
Fellow alumni of masters programs with titles that include “food” do not drink carrot juice and eat steamed broccoli when they reunite. They eat like they mean business, as though the rule ‘constantly seek food’ was written directly onto our graduation diplomas. Our jeans may now be a little tighter than they were a week ago, but we had SO MUCH FUN, and aren’t we a lucky bunch to have these luxuries?
After Emily left for Philly yesterday, I decided I couldn’t face another formal restaurant meal, so I headed to Lai Leung Kee in Empire Centre. It’s a stall known for its meat and organ-based Chinese dishes, and I knew I’d be able to get a good bowl of soup there AND that the woman who works at the counter is super friendly. I knew that because I’ve eaten there before, during an interview last August with Daphne Bramham of the Vancouver Sun. We ate Hainan Chicken, though that was back in the day when I wasn’t that thrilled about it. Still, I remember the soup we had was good, and wanted to give it another go.
Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen is well-known for its stewed beef with organ meat, which I tried ordering. The woman didn’t understand me, however, and we finally agreed on something that turned out to be beef brisket. Only later, when I was sitting down, did I spot the sign that advertised the organ soup. You know what? I was ultimately pleased with this miscommunication, because I didn’t really need to be snacking on aorta and lung yesterday. Plain old beef brisket (for less than 8 bucks) suited me just fine.
It came with a cup of tea, and a portion of chili sauce.
The huge bowl of soup had wheat noodles, slices of very tender brisket, and chopped cilantro and green onion on top. The brisket was excellent and the noodles were good, but the best part of this dish was the broth.
It was flavourful, savoury, and not too salty – pure comfort. I couldn’t finish all the noodles, but I did finish most of the broth, then went home and had a dinner I like to call GIANT SALAD. It was followed this morning by GIANT SMOOTHIE, and this afternoon I’ll be enjoying GIANT BIKE RIDE in the sun.
My soundtrack for these GIANT SUMMERTIME PLANS? The Generationals. Happy Friday, everyone!
Not very vegetarian friendly