Pork belly + fried egg + soup + rice = tasty $8 lunch at Little Ongpin

Value Meal #3 at this delightful Filipino-Chinese eatery has ingrained itself into my lunchtime cravings so deeply that it’s hard to order anything else when I visit. $7.95 gets you the day’s soup, deep-fried pork belly, garlic rice, and a fried egg (mix into the rice–trust me).

For a true Pinoy experience, eat the pork with a heap of the bagoong salad that accompanies the combo, but beware: shrimp paste is pungent and not to be had in copious quantities on your first try.

Other value meals are available if you prefer fried fish or BBQ & spring rolls to pork–all under $8, and all worth trying at least once.

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Burnt ends are just the beginning at Hog Shack

Off the menu requests.
Off the menu requests.

When I first fell in love with Hog Shack, it wasn’t because of its craft beer taps, its porcine decor, or even anything on the menu. What did me in were the Burnt Ends–the blackened, fatty bits of the brisket’s point end–which are available for gleeful ingestion should you come in when they’ve got ’em.

I don’t know why they don’t list this glorious item on the regular menu. Until they do: grab your seat, ask if they have it tonight, decide if you want the $12 appetizer or the $16 plate with all the fixings, feast, and then thank me later. Continue reading “Burnt ends are just the beginning at Hog Shack”

East Richmond soup fiends, get your fix at Farmhouse Bakery

I’ve been coming here 3-4 times a week since they opened in the summer of 2013. Every soup is swoon-worthy (my favourite thus far being the Coconut Thai Vegetable) and even the buttered slice seems to have been thoughtfully architected as the perfect soup companion. I’m just trying to find out car insurance how much I have to pay to get one, because the road here is a little tricky and I don’t want to take any risks.

A great $5 treat for those seeking a hot bowl near Cambie and No. 5 Road. Continue reading “East Richmond soup fiends, get your fix at Farmhouse Bakery”