Let's start with the ham, cheese and mayo buns since we went to a bakery before the House of Gourmet restaurant.
I don't know when I started to have a liking to these kinds of buns. We used to always go to a Chinese bakery, back when I used to go to Chinese school on Saturday mornings, pick up some buns and then go home. My favourite ones used to be the BBQ pork buns, but I've recently (the past couple of years) had them too many times. That's when I started to try and get into the curry buns, hot dog buns, bacon-green onion-mayo buns, and the ham-cheese-mayo buns.
The combination of the saltiness of the ham, the tang of the mayo and the sweetness of the bread all combine into a very satisfying snack. The cheese just adds that other dimension to it, cause who doesn't like baked cheese? Think lasagna, pizza, casseroles, etc. *Drool*
So we ran to the bakery and picked up some buns, then ran to pick up some banh mi and then ran across the street to the House of Gourmet place for our noodles, stewed beef noodle soup and sizzling plate - the usual. Hahaa!
The bowl of noodle soup came first. My friend and I noticed that they give us as much soup as usual. It was sad, cause I'm starting to like the broth they use, which is funny because the first couple of times I tried it, I thought the broth was nasty. I'm also starting to like the freshly made egg noodles, as I've always been a fan of rice noodles.
Back to the bowl of noodle soup. The chunks of meat we so tender and almost melted in my mouth. The flavours of the simmering liquid that the meat was in reminded me of home, when my mom would make stewed pork with eggs (not sure what the english name of the dish is...).
My Hong Kong styled cold milk tea came soon after.
This combo itself can be a meal for two. I'm not sure if you can see how large that glass. It actually makes the bowl look smaller than it actually is. So just think of a medium sized bowl (the ones they use for pho) and then think about how large the glass of the milk tea has to be to look like this. For anyone who knows me, that glass of milk tea is pretty much doubled since I water down most things.
My friend and I started to dig into the bowl of noodle soup when the sizzling plate and the plate of my noodles came. I don't like when everything comes all at once, cause then everything gets cold so much quicker and you can't enjoy the food as much. That's just my opinion.
We asked for extra sauce on both plates, but it seemed that they put less noodles in my noodles so then the sauce to noodle ratio is more. I didn't really care this time, just because it's a lot of food for the two of us. But if I was with a larger group of friends/family, I definitely would've complained. I hate when restaurants try to rip you off. I asked for extra sauce, not more sauce, less noodles!
Just playing around with the depth of field. The sizzling plate is in focus in this shot (below).
My noodles were in focused in this shot.
The plate of sizzling beef was good. There was enough sauce this time, since my friend ate most of the noodle soup while I killed my noodles. Nothing special.
The bill, including tip, came to a total of $40. Pretty expensive if you think about it, but I have to remind you that there was enough food to feed 4 people. Just think about that. Plus, we had enough leftovers for another meal.