Hungry in Vancouver

img_6403We try not to repeat restaurants on holiday, but sometimes you find a place so good you simply have to go back — Miku and Kirin are two such places.

Miku offers amazing aburi sushi, or sear-flamed sushi. Hubs and I both got the premium sushi lunch and also shared an extra order of salmon oshi sushi. It was every bit as good as the last time. Little mum had the “Miku Zen” as she’s not that keen on raw fish and it proved to be a perfect balance of cooked dishes and sushi.

If you decide to try Kirin Restaurant be sure to have reservations, as the restaurant is incredibly popular amongst visitors and locals alike. It is arguably the best Chinese seafood restaurant in the Vancouver area. We haven’t had one dish there that hasn’t been amazing, and although the restaurant is insanely busy the staff are all incredibly on point. The deep fried crab is our absolute favourite.

If you aren’t able to get a reservation at Kirin, another very good alternative is Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant (the spotted prawns above are from SSW). The style of cooking is similar to Kirin but at an ever-so-slightly lower price-point.

I was a little skeptical about eating on Granville Island, but I’m glad we ended our quick jaunt through Vancouver at The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (hmm…can you tell we’re massive fans of seafood?). We were all happy with the great view and beautifully prepared fish. Not to mention, their clam chowder was surprisingly nomworthy — the best we’ve had outside of San Francisco (Sam’s Chowder House is still the best).

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Trending: Edible Nori Cups!

Apparently this is old news amongst Japanese mums and housewives, but I was so excited to find about edible seaweed cups or, if you prefer a direct translation, ready-to-eat nori cups (そのまま食べられるのりカップ) that I just had to try them!

Edible Seaweed Cups

I don’t often make bento for myself or the hubs but I thought we could have mini sushi parties at home and the size of the cups would help with portion control! The “M” sized cups are only slightly larger than the size of mini-cupcake wrappers so they’re great for making bite-sized sushi. Each cup is separated by paper liners, making it easy to unstack the individual cups.

Nori CupsThe roasted seaweed tastes great and the cups are easier to use than expected. When filling these cups, it is best not to use ingredients that contain too much sauce and the rice needs to be cooled. Serve immediately to avoid the cups losing their shape.

Nori Cup SushiNot only do these nori cups make for a healthy snack, they also cut down on packaging waste, so they’re good for you and the environment!

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