I think I’m going to have to retire Deep-Fry Fridays. Not because these zucchini sticks were horrible – they were quite good – but because I’m so over deep-frying, especially in the summer.
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Deep-fried, crisp, fluffy batter surrounding juicy, perfectly cooked prawns used to be a party dish my mom would make on special occasions. I would pull up a stool and watch her while she shelled and de-veined what seemed like hundreds of prawns. The pile of shells would get bigger and bigger as she went – it always seemed to me that the pile of peeled prawns were so much smaller, and to my child’s eye, the more to less equation seemed unequal somehow.
The first time I had banh tieu, or Vietnamese doughnuts, was while I was wandering the heart of Vancouver’s Little Saigon with my sister-in-law. We’d already eaten banh mi but were on the hunt for sweets. When she saw the little puffs of fried dough, she told me we had to get them.
I love eating at Japanese izakayas: drinking holes that serve small share plates that you munch on while drinking copious amounts of alcohol. There’s quite an izakaya scene in Vancouver and the food they serve is some of my favourite. Most izakayas usually have a small variety of sashimi (hardly sushi); yakitori and kushiyaki; noodle and rice dishes; and tonnes of deep-fried goodness. A lot of the food is innovative, cheap and delicious.
If you’ve ever visited Vancouver, you’ll know that the Taiwanese bubble tea houses are as ubiquitous as the sushi joints. The bubble tea houses serve a variety of drinks, desserts, Taiwanese snacks and mini meals into the wee night. Generally, the food at bubble tea places is cheap, fast and filling.Mike’s favourite thing to order is crispy-salty-peppery chicken. They’re deep-fried popcorn chicken nuggets with a thin, non-existent crispy skin tossed in white pepper and Chinese five-spice powder. They’re super delicious and very addictive.