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Bok Choy and Mushrooms

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The very simplicity of this vegetable dish lends it a sort of elegance and the nature of the seasonings makes it very versatile as well as easy to put together. It would be as well at home as a dish in an Asian meal as it would a vegetable side for western style roasts, steaks, or almost anything else… Read more

Foodstuff: Rice Paper Wrappers

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If you have eaten at a Vietnamese restaurant more than a few times, you have probably encountered this particular item in one appetizer dish or another. These semi-translucent circles are made from a very thin batter made with rice flour that is poured into bamboo trays and then dried, usually in the sun. The trays are generally made with a lattice of bamboo and this leaves a visible impression on the dried sheets, as you can see above. The dried discs originate in Vietnam, where they are known as ‘Bánh tráng’, and I have always thought this is probably a better name for them, even in the west, as ‘rice paper’ actually has several different (non-culinary) meanings.

Rice paper was, for a long time, generally only available in Asian stores in larger urban centers in the west, but they have become much more widely available these days. They actually come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and there are even types with different textural and flavor additives like sesame seeds, or dried shrimp to be found. For this post, however, we will be focusing on the basic form, which is the most widely known and commonly available… Read more

Chicken with Peppers and Almonds

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This dish is a bit like the ‘Almond Soo Guy’ or ‘Almond Guy Ding’ you often used to see on Westernized Chines restaurant menus back when ‘Chop Suey’ also used to be regularly featured. I never had either that I recall but ‘Soo Guy’ and ‘Guy Ding’ are phonetic representations of the Cantonese for ‘cooked chicken’ and ‘chicken cubes’ so today’s dish fits the bill either way. It’s quite sweet, with no other particularly exotic flavors, so it is a generically ‘Chinese Restaurant’ production if not especially Chinese beyond the appearance. It is, however, very easy to male… Read more

Review: Diamante – Yellowknife, NWT

1-483 Range Lake Road, Yellowknife – Website

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Date of Visit: October, 2015


I have wanted to try Diamante for quite a while now, but my schedules on other visits to Yellowknife have never allowed it until now. I did read one rather discouraging Zomato review of the place but I am happy to report that my experience was much better… Read more

Review: Vietnamese Noodle House – Yellowknife, NWT

4609 50 Ave, Yellowknife – Facebook


Date of Visit: October, 2015


This is the oldest of Yellowknife’s two Vietnamese restaurants, and I recall it from a visit a good 5 or 6 years ago when I was staying in a hotel nearby. On this trip the territorial capital I stopped by for an early supper and had much the same sort of experience as my first; that is to say, a meal that was not bad, but not especially great either… Read more

Thai Shrimp Curry

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I am not sure of the pairing of shrimp with grilled eggplant and grilled zucchini has ever actually occurred in an actual Thai recipe, but the spice paste I have put together for this dish is very Thai in spirit. I have a very dense (over 600 page) cookery book simply entitled ‘Thai Food’ written by David Thompson (no relation as far as I know), and it contains hundreds of recipes, almost all of which feature a unique spice blend based on the Thai palate. I find endless inspiration for culinary adventures in these pages and I love mixing and matching various ingredients in different quantities for my own creations. I never know exactly how a given concoction will turn out, but I am happy to report that the blend I arrived at for today’s post is a definite winner and well worth using again… Read more

Review: Sushi North – Yellowknife, NWT

4910-50 Franklin Ave., Yellowknife – Website

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Date of Visit: October, 2015


An advertisement I saw for this restaurant specified that it was a ‘take-out’ place and I initially had no intention of visiting until the concierge of my hotel told me that they do, in fact, have tables for customers. She also told me, however, that the food was not as good as at the other, more established, Japanese restaurant in town. I can say, after trying both that she was decidedly wrong on this point and I found Sushi North to have great food at a very reasonable price… Read more

Review: Coyote’s Steakhouse and Lounge

484 Range Lake Rd, Yellowknife – Website

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Date of Visit: October, 2015

I visited Coyote’s a few years ago but only for drinks. The place has two parts; a fairly nice bar on the one side of the building, and a full menu restaurant on the other. On this visit, I went for dinner with the intention of having a large steak but I got side-tracked by the appetizer selection and opted to try a series of these instead. Unfortunately, I rather regretted my choice… Read more

Zucchini with Mushroom and Tomato

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Not long before writing this post, I happened to throw together a little vegetable side dish for a steak I was cooking. I used a half zucchini I had left over, along with some tomatoes and herbs, and the result was so tasty I thought I would share. I actually ended up embellishing the original recipe somewhat, notably by including mushrooms this time, but, as you will see, my opinion as to the success of those embellishments was a little mixed… Read more

Review: The Kilt and Castle – Yellowknife, NWT

5019 49th St., Yellowknife – Facebook

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Date of Visit: October, 2015


I first saw this place in September of this year and I was surprised I had not noticed it before until I learned that it had just opened a month earlier. I didn’t get to stop by on that particular trip to Yellowknife but, on my next, I was able to visit twice and had both a good meal a very nice time… Read more

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