By Tana Kosiyabong
Last Saturday, I was free all day for the first time in months. So I decided to go to Ikea to buy Brada laptop support I had been wanting for weeks. Just before I walked out the door, Natee, a friend of mine, called and asked if he could tag along. So we met at the Waterfront Station, hopped on the Canada Line, then headed to grab a bite first at the Aberdeen Mall food court.
I have been a big fan of this food court for a long time now. Unfortunately, I rarely make a trip there because it is far away from where I live. But since Ikea and Aberdeen mall are both located in Richmond, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.
After got off the skytrain at Aberdeen station, we headed to the third floor of the mall where the food court is located. According to their website, there are 18 food vendors in this area. So we first surveyed them all, then decided on three different dishes from three vendors: a small Hokkaido Potato Tuna from Strawberry Cones Pizza ($7.86), an Okonomiyaki from Ajijiman Hanabi ($4.48), and Deep Fried Chicken wings with pepper from Wo Fung Dessert ($3.75
It was my first time at Strawberry Cones Pizza. Although the name sounds more like an ice cream parlor than a pizza joint, I didn’t let it bother me. We chose a small Hokkaido Potato Tuna. The “no-sauce” pizza is made of tuna, onion, tomato, mayo and potato & egg salad.
After 15 minutes of waiting, the 7.5-inch, kid’s favorite pizza (claimed by the restaurant) was ready. For almost 8 bucks, it was a bit small and a tad pricey. However, the pizza looks quite pretty with the parmesan and black pepper sprinkled on top. The first bite was quite impressive. It tasted different from any pizza I had ever tried, yet somehow suited my Asian taste buds really well. I felt as if I was eating tuna au gratin on a pizza crust. Perhaps, the pizza connoisseurs would have rolled their eyes over the canned tuna, but I am not the stuck-up type. However, I must say that I had a hard time finding potatoes on the pizza. After all it is called the Hokkaido Potato Tuna, you know!
While Natee was waiting for the pizza, I went to order an Okonomiyaki from Ajijiman Hanabi. According to the menu board, I can add beef, shrimp, mochi or cheese for 71 cents each. However, the cashier said she preferred the plain one most. So I went along with her. Almost fifteen minutes later, the dish was ready.
The Okonomiyaki looked so yummy. The Japanese pancake was about 6.5-inch diameter. The contrast between the dark brown okonomiyaki sauce and the creamy white mayo started to whet my appetite. The large bonito shavings and tiny seaweed flakes caused a tsunami of drool inside my mouth. Once I sank my teeth in, I was a happy man. The pancake was soft and thick. The flour was lightly flavored with green onion and perhaps grated ginger. The savory Worcestershire-ish sauce combined with the creamy mayo and the smoky bonito flakes add layers of flavors to this delicious dish. As digging deeper, I was happily surprised to find I some gooey cheese hid inside the pancake. The only thing I missed, however, was some meat. I wish I added either beef or shrimp when ordered.
Last, but not least, the deep fried chicken wings with pepper from Wo Fung Dessert. This is another weird name because I didn’t see any dessert offers on the menu board. But nobody seemed to care. Wo Fung Dessert had a long line of patrons waiting to order. The deep fried chicken wings ($3.50 for 3 whole wings) are a big hit here. But since there were two of us, I decided to order the deep fried chicken wings with pepper ($3.75 for 8 wingettes) so we can easily split in half without a Muay Thai match for the last piece.
The chicken wings were worth waiting for. They were even yummier than the Prime Time Chicken I wrote about a few weeks ago. However, Wo Fung’s were more expensive. The wingettes were lightly floured and deep-fried until golden and crispy on the outside, yet very juicy on the inside. As far as I know, they were fried fresh to order. My guess was that Wo Fung marinated the chicken with soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, sugar and ginger. However, I am no Chef Gordon Ramsey who could distinguish ingredients even in a blindfold.
This Cheap Appetite Mission is a great success. Thanks to Natee, I could try 3 different dishes for just $8.05. They were all good and suits my Asian tongue very well. I’ll definitely go back again for years to come. Oh btw, I love my new Brada Laptop Support from Ikea. In fact, I’m writing this post on it now.
Strawberry Cones Hokkaido Potato Tuna Pizza: ©©© 2/3
Ajijiman Hanabi Okonomiyaki: ©©© 2/3
Wo Fung Deep Fried Chicken Wingettes with pepper: ©©©© 1/4
Remaining Budget: $218.75
Budget Spent: -$8.05 (($7.86+4.48+3.75)/2)
Budget Available: $210.70
Aberdeen Mall Food Court is located at 4151 Hazelebridge Way, 3rd Floor, Richmond, BC Canada. (T) 604.270.1234
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