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May 27, 2012 12:27 AM

Sunny Spot on Main, Vancouver for... roujiamo and cold noodles!

I finally remembered the banner I'd spotted a number of months ago on the Sunny Spot cafe storefront. Mr Zhang's Xian burger and terracotta noodles called my name at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon. The cafe is techically closed till the end of May as they are manning a booth at the new (casino) Richmond night market and with a small staff, decided to focus on that venture. However, if you stop by during business hours (roughly 9-4, YMMV), they will sell you a roujiamo and a plate of cold noodles for $10.80. The rjm is $4 so I guess the noodles are 6.80! Mr Zhang is a very nice guy and knows his way around a homemade bun and pork. Both dishes are generous, with the rjm being larger by at least a third than any of the versions I've tried in Richmond. The meat is cumin-free which for me is a plus, but definitely flavourful and tender. Check out the source material in the shot below. The addition of chopped tomatoes and onions at first view made me nervous, but the proof was in the eating. The bun is lovely and fresh, improved further by being grilled to a pizza-like crunch. This is a damn fine sandwich. The noodles have a good chew to them and taste wheaty but not whole wheaty. There are chunks of gluten in there that I mistook for hard tofu. Cilantro and ground chiles add some zip and heat. If I were to quibble it would be to ask for a wee bit more vinegar for contrast. This is a sizeable portion of which I took home nearly half. I will be back, possibly tomorrow!

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    1. Was there Saturday also, ~11:00AM, one to go.
      They called it a "Chinese Hamburger", but it only had a sprig or 2 of cilantro & a small piece of green bell pepper on the (very juicy) pork - didn't look anything like your picture.
      Didn't have the noodles, as they didn't seem to be offering any.
      Was good, but IMHO, would certainly prefer a good banh mi over the "burger"

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      1. re: gnashingshitfactory

        Looks like Mr Zhang doesn't have a specific way of preparing it, then. I got no cilantro on mine and no (thankfully) green pepper, and yet it was only a few hours later on the same day! The November pic also looks quite different in terms of the bun, which maybe they didn't grill. I don't know about fries though, love 'em but not with Chinese food ;-). Will have to try again as rjms are kind of an obsession for me. I love banh mi also but this type of sandwich fills a bit of a different niche I think. FWIW there are signs on the door and window now that offer both the bun and the noodles during their "closure" so be sure to ask for both if you go and I think they will oblige. Or wait till June 1!

      2. Sunny Spot is gone ?!? Didn't even notice.

        But RJM's definitely will get my attention. $4 feels a bit steep, compared to Want Want in Crystal Mall. But it's way closer to me so what the hey. I could eat RJMs with fries ;-) I'd ask for double cilantro but no green pepper, thankyouverymuch.

        Will try to check them out this week. Thx for the intel, Grayelf.

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          Nah, still there with all the usual breaky items (after May 31 commitment to Richmond Night Market ends) but these items are in addition. Had another rjm yesterday and it was just as good, no green peppers, same as Saturday, but also no cilantro though I imagine you could add it. I like it much better than the RJM at Want Want but it is different. Larger and pork not lamb. My new go-to snack for the nabe.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              I saw that and was wondering if it moved or was a second space.

        2. I think I'm confused. So did Mr. Zhang take over Sunny Spot and the place will change name after May ? Is this the same Mr. Zhang that was on Victoria Drive around 41st before ?

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Dunno if it's the same guy. Sunny Spot is still Sunny Spot, just will return to full cafe service on June 1. The rjm and noodles are extra dishes he added in some time ago.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Not the same Mr Zhang AFAIK. That Mr Zhang opened up a Sichuan Kakaoke joint in Crystal Mall (in the concourse area) and also owns the BBT place at the top left of the escalators to the food court.

              1. re: fmed

                Sichuan Karaoke ? So one has to sing a song in Sichuanese before being allowed to eat food ? ;-)

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  No...some Red Hot Chili Peppers will probably get you in. (Sorry).

                  1. re: fmed

                    Bravo ! Followed by Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On" ? ;-)