Midam Rice Cake House

Last time SarahBear, IKo and I were deciding on a place for dessert when SarahBear suggested Midam Rice Cake House. I have heard MilkTea mention it before, and it received good reviews on Urbanspoon, so we decided to give Midam a try.

The address on Urbanspoon says that Midam is in Burnaby, but it is actually more in Coquitlam. I have never travelled to Coquitlam via the skytrain before, so it was quite an interesting experience! Midam was located just a few minutes walk from the skytrain station, and it’s located in Korean Town. There are many Korean restaurants, as well as H-mart (I only knew about the Downtown and Aberdeen H-marts! Didn’t know that there was one there as well~). It took us a while to find Midam, because it’s kind of hidden away in a corner. If you are looking for it, just follow the sign located above H-mart.

Entrance to Midam Rice Cake House - Just follow the sign (and the sakura symbol!)

There was only one other table in the large restaurant since it was a cold and rainy afternoon. Upon entering the restaurant, I felt like I was stepping from Canada to Korea. The tables and chairs were all made of wood, and there were wooden cabinets inside the restaurant and against the walls. There were Korean clothing hung up on the walls, and cute replicas of rice cakes.

Interior of Midam Rice Cake House

Rice cake models on display

Tiny toy models on display

More rice cake models

We were seated promptly and given menus. Midam offers a variety of different parfaits and shaved ice, as well as drinks and savoury items (hot pot).

Dessert Menu (page 1)

Dessert Menu (page 2)

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of their shaved ice menu.

While browsing through the menu, I saw a red button on the table and wondered what it was. SarahBear told me that it was a call button used to call a server over to the table. IKo also told me that Japan had these call buttons too. I think that it’s an ingenious idea! If only all the restaurants in Canada can also adopt this idea, then I would never have to worry about not being ready when the waiter comes by to ask for orders.

Call button to summon the server

Now onto the actual desserts:

Chocolate Pudding Parfait $5.37
2/5

This was my order. It consisted of a layer of chocolate pudding, some cornflakes, vanilla pudding, more chocolate pudding, topped off with a scoop of chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, a slice of banana, and a piece of milk chocolate. The pudding tasted very normal (like the packaged kind you would find in a store), so there wasn’t really anything special about this parfait. If I go back to Midam, I will definitely order something else.

Green Tea Parfait $6.99

IKo ordered the green tea parfait. It was topped with green tea ice cream, some rice cakes and sponge cake chunks around it, and filled with red bean and more ice cream. It looked really good and IKo said she enjoyed it a lot!

Green Tea Shaved Ice $8.99

This one was SarahBear’s green tea shaved ice. It was a bowl of shaved ice, topped with red bean, walnut pieces, condensed milk, and a scoop of green tea ice cream. The shaved ice was surrounded by chunks of handmade rice cakes dipped in green tea powder. This looked very good and I will probably order this the next time I pay Midam a visit!

Overall, I felt like the parfaits were a bit pricey, but compared to Chicco downtown, the prices here are a lot more reasonable. It is impossible to find cheap Korean or Japanese food in Vancouver, so I think Midam Rice Cake House pulled it off quite well! Next time I want to try their Korean hot pot as well.

Midam Rice Cake House on Urbanspoon

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Chicco

On Thursday I went to Chicco with A, M and J after eating some very yummy Korean food at Chungdam Ahn! (I will write about that in my next post)

Chicco is a Japanese coffee and dessert bar located at 1504 Robson St. Vancouver.

Chicco Cafe

There aren’t many tables and chairs in the small cafe. The maximum capacity is around 15 people so there is a minimum order of 1 order per person if you want to eat-in. There are many cute wall decorations and art displays made from clay plates and cups which makes the interior decoration quite unique. They also sell handmade clay cups and plates created by Japanese artists.

Interesting art work on the wall

I shared a green tea parfait with A. I didn’t want to order anything else since a parfait is more than enough for the two of us after a very big dinner.. However, due to the minimum order requirement, I had to order an iced coffee. It was too cold to be eating a parfait outside.. M got a royal milk tea and J got a medium latte. I think aside from the price, I will like this place a lot! $7.50 for a parfait is a bit expensive in my opinion.. It did taste very good though.

Green Tea Parfait $7.50

The green tea parfait came with green tea cheese cake, green tea ice cream, a couple of rice cakes, sweet red bean, whipped cream, green tea jelly, corn flakes, vanilla ice cream and sponge cake. (In the order that they are presented in the parfait)

My favorite was the vanilla ice cream and corn flakes layer. The salty flakes go really well with the sweet ice cream! However, the sponge cake layer was very dry.. The moisture in the parfait did not blend together really well. It was hard to get everything mixed together.

There are things about Chicco that I like and things I do not. All in all, I would say that Chicco parfaits are delicious but for the price that you are paying for, it can only be a once-in-awhile indulgence. It would be even better if they can lower their price just a bit and expand the store. I prefer places where the minimum order is a certain $ per person instead of one entire order per person.

Chicco on Urbanspoon