Many of you have asked to know more about our delicious dishes. Starting this month we will be sharing with you, our beloved customers, recipes of dishes not commonly featured in typical Chinese restaurants. In fact, every item will be for food we actually make right in our own home kitchen! The first item we would like to introduce to you is a traditional, flour-based staple known as mantou (饅頭), otherwise known as Chinese steamed buns. Today, we will show you a healthy variation that makes us proud and happy to be Chinese-Canadians.
Food is not something merely to be eaten. More than that, it is an inspiring force that delights all the senses. Here are some delectable movies that are sure to feed your appetite.
Our Four Favourite Food Films
Vancouver has a thriving foodie culture. You can tell that this is true by the quality of fresh produce at your local farmer’s markets and the variety of cuisines available everywhere you go. More recently, Vancouver has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and is home to several innovative ones that roam around the city. However, what is good food without some entertainment and culture as well? We have compiled you a list of summer food festivals that are not to be missed:
Summer has finally arrived. It is now time to reap the benefits of the beautiful season by using the fresh flavors of local produce at its peak. Your local Vancouver vegan/vegetarian restaurants should offer you plenty of inspirations and options to “veggie” up your meals. In this blog, we offer you our selection of the top five summer vegetables as well as tips on how to pick them at their best.
We all know fat is bad and want to avoid it. Yet, we always cannot seem to help ourselves to that extra greasy strip of bacon or that crunchy layer of deep-fried chicken skin, only to end up experiencing regret and repercussions. So, why do we enter this horrible cycle? It ultimately boils down to the misconception people have about how cutting down fat will compromise the taste and the risk-/work-averse attitudes of how it is too time-consuming/effortful to use healthy alternatives. After all, that bag of chips is just within reach and oh-so-good tasting! Little do people know that cutting fat or shortening in cooking is actually quite easy to do and can also enhance the natural flavors of food. Don’t believe us? Why not try these 5 easy tricks and find out for yourselves?
Have you ever taken a good look at your kitchen and think to yourself what a disaster it is and how you wish to have a butler or a maid who will tackle the monstrosity for you? Well, you are not the only one! Thankfully, there are some things you can do on a daily basis to minimize the horrendous mess and to help postpone that big clean-up for as long as possible (because we all want more time in the sun and less time cleaning, right?).
“Feng shui” is an ancient art developed by the Chinese aimed to harmonize the energies (“chi”) between nature/environment and the living entities that occupy it. It is mainly applied to buildings and structures with significance to the local culture, but many people practice the art in their homes in the hope to invite fortune to their families, if not for the simple fun of adding some more cultural touches into their personal spaces. With a little help from your local, Chinese vegetarian restaurant, you, too, can orient your home in an auspicious manner with these five easy, beginner tips:
Unfortunately, many of us in Vancouver don’t have yards but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the pleasantness and tranquility that plant life brings to a home. Luckily, many of the same plants and herbs that grow in gardens can also be grown on a balcony. Here are some guidelines and tips for getting started with your very own balcony garden.
It’s a great time of year as spring has started to show its true colors in Vancouver, which, unfortunately, means more rain with the occasional sunny break. Even though we are supposed to be seeing some cold weather this spring it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying our beautiful city and parks though! We wanted to share some of favorite spring activities with you to help you shake off those winter blues.
- Take a Walk Through one of Many Parks – Don’t forget to take time to experience our wonderful parks and gardens. Some local favorites include Queen Elizabeth, Van Dusen and Stanley Park Rose Garden.
- Get Active – This spring treat yourself to some personal time and rediscover your old bike, gym pass or take on a new activity such as yoga or martial arts. Getting active is a great way to increase your energy levels.
- Vancouver Winter Farmers’ Market – If you’re planning on getting active this spring you’ll need good fuel to charge your body with. The farmer’s market offers sustainable and organic produce, cheeses and meats – if you’re interested. 😉
- Watch the Whales – Whale watching starts in March and luckily enough, Vancouver has a few whale watching companies to choose from.
- Kayak in False Creek – Exploring False Creek from the view of a Kayak will make you appreciate the bay in a whole new way. It’s a great physical activity and it’s even better if you finish it off with a nice meal on the patios of False Creek.
- It’s Patio Season – Take the time to enjoy some of Vancouver’s most renowned patios including the Keg’s roof top patio in Yaletown.
- Enjoy some Street Food – Food trucks and street vendors are making a name for themselves in Vancouver. Take advantage of the next one’s convenience because a lot of these food trucks provide great and tasty meals.
- Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – There are various celebrations and events around the city which you can find out more about here. There are events that include, dance, song, poetry, food, live music and more.
- Rediscover the Seawall – Whether you plan on biking, jogging, rollerblading or long boarding, the sea wall is a great path way to enjoy during the spring and summer seasons. Gather some friends and make an afternoon out of it with coffees and on a patio.
- Think about a new diet – Introducing veganism into your diet at least 2 days a week is proven to be beneficial for your health and can even lead to stronger and healthier joints. It’s also a great way to increase your energy level and you may even lose a few pounds.
If you’re ever in doubt of what to cook, come to our restaurant and we’ll make sure you have a sustainable and nutritious meal. Please refer to our menu for take-out orders.
While living in Vancouver I’ve had many diverse eating habits and diets introduced to me. But, it wasn’t until recently that I found out one of my friends lives by a vegan and gluten free diet. While grocery shopping I discovered that there are in fact many options for those with this particular diet. I understand that living by a vegan diet is usually a lifestyle choice but gluten free diets are usually from an allergy – at least in my friend’s case. I thought I would write a blog post on one of her favorite vegan and gluten free deserts.
- ½ cup of Adam’s smooth peanut butter or any all natural brand
- ¼ cup of honey
- ½ cup natural and unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ gluten free oats
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 ½ cup of shredded zucchini
- ½ cup of vegan dark chocolate chips
1. Lightly coat an 8 x 11 baking pan with canola oil or nonstick cooking spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Blend or grind the oats until they closely resemble oat flour. It doesn’t need to be completely ground but it will require a few minutes.
3. Using a large bowl use an electric mixer to blend the peanut butter, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the zucchini, cocoa powder, oats, baking soda, and salt. Fold in half the amount of chocolate chips (1/4 cup) and pour batter into baking pan and spread the rest of the chocolate chips on top of the mixture.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan.
5. Cool brownies on rack and cut into 20 servings.
We hope that this recipe finds its way into your kitchen and maybe you can even surprise a friend who lives by a vegan and gluten free diet too. For more hearty meals we recommend coming down to Panz Veggie for a delicious vegan lunch or supper. We are known for our Chinese vegan cuisine in downtown Vancouver and we also provide take our orders. Please take a look at our menu.
Recipe Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen.