About time I actually WROTE about a place instead of tweeting photos all the time. XD It’s summertime here in Calgary, so you can expect a lot more foodie posts from me coming soon! :D
Right now though, let me introduce you to a new place to partake your Asian cravings. I happened to find this place while walking back from Shine FM. It caught my eye (among all the other great looking dives on Macleod Trail). This is 3:30 HotPoint Fusion Cafe!
I happen to really like Asian food, but I am severely impressed when it’s authentic and not so “Americanized”, like your average ginger beef and spring rolls. But I so didn’t get that vibe when I walked into this place.
It’s a quaint little place that is definitely catered to those used to the culinary expertise of the East, but they aren’t uptight about it. I was welcomed with a friendly smile and my waitress was kind enough to explain some of the meals to me.
A big feature of this place was their HUGE amount of milk teas, both hot and cold. I chose the hot “Rose Honey Red Tea”. And seriously, WOW. It wasn’t too sweet, but it was far more flavourful than any tea I’ve ever had. The tea itself was light but bursting with a sensual aroma, the honey was a tad tense, but merged with the tea in such a way that every sip tasted creamy and elegant. It was a great start to a meal, especially in the afternoon. Then came my main course: Mushroom Hot Soup with some sliced beef on the side.
This. Was. INCREDIBLE. First of all, this was the first time I’ve ever seen this: A personal heating element that keeps your soup hot the entire time you eat it. Not only did it keep it nice and hot, but it actually COOKED the sliced beef while it simmered in the bowl itself.
The soup had baby corn, bean sprouts, FIVE types of mushrooms, green onions, turnips, and of course, my beef on the side. It came with a bowl of rice too. And if I remember correctly, the soup base was also miso-infused.
Each and every spoonful (or forkful) I took was an eye-in-the-back-of-the-head sensation. Every bite was packed with enormous flavor, every sip of the soup warmed up my entire body, and the smell was near intoxicating. I swear I wanted to just dive into the bowl if possible. :P
And the price wasn’t bad either, both my tea and the bowl came out to about $12, so altogether an amazing experience. :) I am DEFINITELY going back there again. Check it out for yourself. :D Well worth it!
Two food truck posts in a row? I am spoiling you guys! X3
I was downtown again today, so what better opportunity to get some more delicious eats? Up comes Twitter - and today’s selection for my lunch time addiction: The Steakout Truck:
Boasting a big nod to it’s savory prime rib sandwich, this mobile dive particularly enticed my drooling taste buds. This awesome truck, like so many others, had a fairly simple menu.
Pretty much everything on the menu had prime rib in it, minus the sides and the hot dog. Considering this was my first time with this truck, I went with the big bold yellow ad on the front: The Prime Rib Sandwich Combo! I chose the 4oz prime rub sandwich.
It’s smoky aroma was enticing, and had some pretty good presentation. Upon biting into this sandwich, a symphony of taste and juicyness entered my mouth. The downside however, was that the prime rib was a tad TOO fatty for my particular tastes, but that may be part of the reason it was so tender. Topped with fried onions and put between two slices of Italian ciabatta bread, it was still a delicious sandwich. Underneath was the side, basically well seasoned fried, tossed with parmasean cheese, which was an interesting take on cheese fries.
Definitely a truck to check out if you’re a huge fan of tender prime rib, but if you’re a tad squeemish about lighter-cooked meat, give the hot dog and onion rings a try! - @steakouttruck