I Ate a Sea Cucumber!

Hi everyone – quick post for you today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Last weekend, the family and Iย visited Nao Sushi in Burnaby, for a lovely family lunch!

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Here is the menu. My relatives ordered off the combo meals + soup menu, but I wanted two rolls and miso soup.

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There was green tea to start. I always have a bit of tea in Japanese restaurants – it just feels right. Here’s my lovely aunt Mimi – can you believe she’s NOT in her 20’s or 30’s? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Here’s my steaming hot and delicious green tea and the big plate of sashimi for our appetizer.

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I had a piece of raw shrimp – notice how it’s a little grey! – and I found it a little sweet and fibrous. Gave some to Mom ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer cooked shrimp!

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We also ordered squid. I’m not a big fan of squid, but apparently this was perfectly cooked. I ordered the house roll and the yam tempura roll, which are always my go-tos. I just love them!

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These two rolls from Nao’s did NOT disappoint. Perfectly cooked and spiced rice, super-fresh fillings, and so much flavour. I don’t like wasabi or soy sauce, but I found this SO flavourful – especially the tempura. YUM.

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Creamy avocado, sweet Japanese egg, and mellow raw salmon are my idea of the perfect lunch!

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Do you want some? Here, have a bite.

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Or two. Mimi had something similar on the right – with soup and rice as well as some more sashimi. Mimi loves sashimi. She’s Sashimi Mimi… SashMimi. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mom had a sticky vegetable rice bowl with cooked shrimp. She shared a bit with me – you’ll see in a second – and I really loved it! My sea cucumber is on the right. I tried a little bite and found it surprisingly tasty! Finished this little plate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you tried sea cucumber before?

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Here’s a little plate of rice with steamed carrots and shrimp, from Mom’s combo. I loved it! Will definitely try to recreate this dish at home because it was absolutely amazing. The soft carrots and tender rice were AWESOME with the shrimp! Wish I could have some right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also had a bit of soup with udon from Dad and Grandpa’s humongous lobster udon bowl.

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Whoa! This was MASSIVE. Enough for the whole table to have two bowls of soup with noodles! The lobster was insanely good in here. I love miso soup!

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I also love tamago, which is Japanese rolled egg. It’s slightly sweet, and served cold. There are dozens and dozens of layers here and it’s quite a big chunk. Really yummy! Had a bit more soup, too.

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Smile, Mom! Whew, we were stuffed after this meal.

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We’ll definitely return to Nao Sushi in the future – it was such a delicious meal and truly one of the best sushi places I’ve been to. It was just so fresh and high-quality. I could tell that the chefs put lots of love into their cooking. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Back at Grandma’s house, Mimi bought curry from Curry King for our grandparents. And Mom brought some of the failed red bean mantou!

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Then, everyone had some douhua, which is tofu pudding in ice. It’s made of silky smooth soft tofu and served on shaved ice with brown sugar, condensed milk, sometimes fruit and grass jelly or pearls. It’s a classic Taiwanese dessert favourite and we get ours from Crystal Mall.

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I’m not a fan of cold desserts, though I love the occasional ice cream, but my aunt + uncle and dad raved about this. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d rather have a homemade muffin though. How about you? What kinds of desserts do you prefer – hot or cold, fruity or rich, homemade or store-bought?

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Thanks for reading and I apologize for the shorty-short post! There are lots of awesome recipes coming up that I just can’t wait to share with you all. Have a wonderful week everyone!

8 thoughts on “I Ate a Sea Cucumber!

    1. Aww man! The one thing I didn’t try happens to be tasty ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I will definitely give it a shot next time Rachel! Thank you for the comment – crazy how we’re both in Vancouver! What’s your favourite Vancouver restaurant? ๐Ÿ˜€


      1. i love connecting with other bloggers, and yeah it’s so cool that we’re both vancouverites and around the same age. (; and that’s so hard to say! i feel like i haven’t been to a lot of places yet and every new restaurant i go to ends up being like my new favourite. xD hmm.. i love hi genki though and i’ve been there quite a lot of times, have you tried it?

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    1. UGH it’s crazy how addicted I am to sushi (I could eat two rolls a day, no joke) – especially anything with avocado or shrimp/yam tempura. What are your favourite sushi rolls?
      It’s funny because I ALWAYS get hungry after looking at your posts – anything of yours with yogurt or sweet potato makes me drool ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Sushi is literally life. My faves are spicy tuna, salmon and anything with avocado and tuna on top!! I’ve never tried yam rolls before–I really should!!
        Thank you so much—my mouth literally dropped in awe when I saw your photos *0* even if they’re so simple your food looks gorgeous!

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