Vibe is a fairly new Korean fusion restaurant and sister restaurant to the popular Manna BBQ. Unlike Manna, Vibe is not nearly as popular and hidden away in a small plaza around the corner from Manna.

We decided to try it out a few weeks ago, not going in with very high expectations. The restaurant was nearly deserted during lunchtime.

After perusing the menu, we actually found quite a few items were wanted to try. After much discussion, we finally narrowed our choices down to a few options.

Deep fried crab stuffed jalapeno poppers

First, we were served some complimentary crab stuffed jalapeno poppers. These were tasty though the poppers packed quite a bit of heat. A little too much heat to start off my lunch.

Beef Tataki

DH and I are both lovers of beef tataki. We were impressed with the generous portion size given the mere $9 price. This was definitely enough for us to get our fill without fighting over the last bite. My one complaint was that the ponzu sauce was a little too light and some of the pieces of meat were a little bit flavorless. I had to add quite a few pieces of onion to give them a little flavor.

King Scallops on mashed potatoes

We really enjoyed this appetizer as well but found the $12 price a little high considering there were only two scallops.

I’m pretty excited to share this cake with you today. Not only is it eggless and easy to make, but it tastes good too. It’s one of those soft, melt-in-your-mouth type of cakes. No frills, but so delicious. Sometimes simple is best.

A few months ago, I was gifted with some custard powder along with a lot of delicious other goodies from CC (Thanks again C!). The custard powder is also available on Amazon. I was supposed to use the custard powder to make Nanaimo bars, but so far I’ve only used them to make my egg puffs. When I came across this custard powder cake, I knew I had to try it.

Because it is eggless, the cake doesn’t bind together as well as a typical egg-filled cake. However, it still bakes up like a cake and because it uses so much custard powder, the cake pretty much dissolves on your tongue. Yum.

It’s been a really long time since we paid a visit to Mignon Pho + Grill. I had heard of some new menu items, so we decided to go check it out again with some friends.

On the table, they advertised that they now offer Happy Buddha beer. I liked the bottle.

I was most curious about the new appetizer menu. They offered many appetizers I used to enjoy at Nam An before it went downhill.

Papaya Salad

Unripe papaya is mixed with chili oil, lime, fish sauce, and some other things. This salad had a good balance of sweet, acidity and heat. My one complaint was that the strands of papaya were very long, almost like noodles, making it a little difficult to eat.

Vietnamese Beef Carpaccio (Slices of rare beef, with fresh lime juice and herbs and spices)

This is a raw beef salad, with the fresh lime juice slightly cooking the thin slices of rare beef. While I was happy to see that the beef was still quite rare (sometimes it ends up getting completely cooked), this dish had too many onions and not enough spices. The beef tasted mainly of the raw onions.

Saigon Wings

The skin of the wings were quite crispy and had a sweet glaze. I wished the wings weren’t just sweet. I recall when I previously ate these, they have some other herbs and spices like lemongrass in the seasoning.