I’m off to Toronto tomorrow, returning Friday.  That gives me eight dinners, roughly fifteen meals (minus the turducken/piecaken extravaganza I have planned for Canadian Thanksgiving next Sunday)  to enjoy in Vancouver before I leave it – for seven months!

Last night, Akemi and I got together with our foodie friends, Nicole and Lan, for the first of our many farewell feasts.  Rather than visit an old favorite, however, I decided to try somewhere new – The Union in the city’s Strathcona district – partly because the menu intrigued, and partly because it’s located steps from Crackle Creme and their varied creme brûlées.

The Union is very casual.  Menu items range from spicy wings to Singapore Laksa. Perfect for sharing.  We ended up ordering – well, a lot.  Some of the highlights…

October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin!  The Union!  Crackle Creme!

The Cha Ca Hanoi: fresh snapper, market greens, turmeric chill coconut milk, dill, rice vermicelli, nuoc cham, fresh herbs and scallions.  So good I had to resist the temptation to drink the sauce.

October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin!  The Union!  Crackle Creme!

Sweet & Sour Pork Crepes with marinated pulled pork and spicy pineapple slaw. Akemi loved these so much she couldn’t stop talking about them.

October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin!  The Union!  Crackle Creme!

Sweet & Sour Fried Fish Banh Mi with spicy sriracha aioli, jalapeños, daikon and carrot pickles, cucumber, and cilantro.  This was the first time I’ve tried a fried fish version of the Vietnamese-style sandwich – and I was completely won over.

In truth, pretty much everything we ate was terrific (crispy pork belly banh mi, Hawk thai chicken wings with sweet and spicy nahm jim glaze, fried pork dumplings with scallion soy dipping sauce) with the exception of the bland Nasi Goreng.

Rather than sample dessert (which I’m sure is excellent), we walked over to Crackle Creme for an assortment of creme brûlées…

October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin!  The Union!  Crackle Creme!

Owner Daniel Wong fires ’em up!

October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin!  The Union!  Crackle Creme!Flavors – clockwise from left to right: Madagascar vanilla bean, lemon basil, ferrero richer, black sesame-matcha cheesecake with mango sauce, Guinness-espresso topped with roasted marshmallows.

While I’m away, I’ll have to enjoy my Vancouver meals vicariously through this site – my favorite local food blog: http://dennisthefoodie.com

The Union: 219 Union St, Vancouver – 604-568-3230

Crackle Creme: 245 Union St, Vancouver – 778-847-8533

7 thoughts on “October 4, 2014: The Farewell Feasts Begin! The Union! Crackle Creme!

  1. I’d like to order a couple Sweet & Sour Pork Crepes. Thank you.

    I am very nervous about our move to Toronto. I don’t like change.

  2. Be forewarned, Toronto is having a nasty municipal election with vote on Oct27.

    Also: 6 humans and an android on a ship in your new show huh? Seems like I’ve heard that somewhere before.. maybe in a comic book… Must be a coincidence.

  3. All that food sounds fantastic! I love the idea of the pulled pork crepes with the pineapple, too. Guinness-espresso creme brulee topped with roasted marshmallows? That sounds incredible.

    Hoping for a safe and productive trip to TO for you!

  4. @6 humans and an android on a ship

    It’s a nice amount of crew members too, not too many and not too few. There’s no point just having a load of characters there and doing nothing with them, with 6-7 you can give each one a good amount of attention.

  5. I had creme brulee for the first time this year at a buffet in Las Vegas. I’d really like to try some more. If I ever find myself in Vancouver in the future, I’ll have to try to remember this place and check it out.

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