Lunch with Beer at Kari House

Kari House is an authentic Malaysian restaurant on the docks of the Steveston Village waterfront. It’s a great place to have lunch with beer because you can walk it off on the docks after. Steveston Village is a tourist attraction so it’s also a place for people watching. unfortunately, Kari House doesn’t have a patio like some of the other restaurants on the dock. Not that this matter right now since the weather is very cold so eating outside wouldn’t be my idea of fun.

For this little lunch excursion, Sarah and I were joined by Greg Morgan and his girlfriend Linda. The room at Kari house is extremely bright, with tall glass windows on three sides. This lets it a lot of light and allows for a really nice view of the water. Here is the typically Dot Com Malaysian lunch.

Tiger Beer and Ginger Soup


All lunch special at Kari house starts with a Ginger soup. The Tiger beer is optional but I highly recommend it because it goes really well with the soup. As a matter of fact, beer goes so well with a Malaysian lunch, I had to order another with the main course. You can’t have just one beer! :mrgreen:

Roti Canai


Roti Canai is Malaysian flaky bread served with a curry sauce. It’s a staple for Malaysian restaurants because it’s one of the most popular appetizers. This Roti was very good but I like the sauce from Tropika more.

The 14 Combination Lunch Special


Kari House offer 14 lunch special choices for only $6.95. The core ingredients are the same (pork, chicken or beef) but the sauces and stuff added to it are different. The mixing and matching creates 14 combinations. I ordered mine extra spicy.

Goreng Pisang


Goreng Pisang is a deep fried banana dessert. It’s the Malay version of the banana split. You have to eat it pretty fast because the hot banana melts the ice cream pretty quick.

At $6.95 per lunch special, Kari House should be a very cheap place to dine at. However, after adding the appetizer, dessert and beer, it turned into $20 per lunch special. That’s still not bad for lunch. If only I can keep my dinner bills to this level.

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55 thoughts on “Lunch with Beer at Kari House”

  1. I have always preferred Malaysian food to others because of 3 reasons –
    1) Healthy
    2) Tasty
    3) Cheap

    What else do you need?

    1. Yes I totally agree Malaysian food rocks.

      But now after all those photos I’m off for a Beer hehe

    2. Mystery says:

      LOL! I’m not familiar with the price, so I don’t know if it is cheap, but yeah Malaysian food is one of the most healthiest..
      Japanese food is also very healthy.

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    3. PinoyTech says:

      I haven’t tasted Malaysian food in my life. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found any Malaysian restaurants around here. I think I am gonna try it out sometime. Or maybe I should travel there just to taste it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    4. xBrainยฎ says:

      Come on !!
      Malaysian Food are not that healthy !!
      You know that the “Roti Canai” is the most dangerous food !!!
      Me is origin from Malaysia -> We get fat bu having these kind of food daily as a daily consume..

      But JC, you are rock by publishing our food !!
      This is the first time I see Canadian published our heritage food.
      JC -> Do come to Malaysia, will treat you in the village sorrounding place for a Fresh BBQ Fish !!!!

    5. Thats the easiest way to sum up Malaysian food ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Carl says:

    That looks nice ! Great price to.


    1. Indeed those plates look really damn nice, maybe better than all pictures John has published of his dinners.

      Good thing I just ate few moments ago, other ways would of be eating the screen

    2. Sure is…i think i might have to take a visit there ๐Ÿ˜ since nice prices and nice looking food ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rhys says:

    “As a matter of fact, beer goes so well with a Malaysian lunch”

    Beer goes well with anything. Fact. I put it on my cornflakes.

    1. Wow man that sure looks delicious.

  4. Stephen says:

    What are those things that are stuck into the dessert? They look like two Cigarette Butts!

      1. Etienne Teo says:

        That looks cute and yummy to eat.

        1. Yeah, maybe they do look like Cigarette butts… lol… yummy.

  5. Some of the more appealing food I’ve seen posted here!

  6. Mastermind says:

    looks very good ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Youfoundjake says:

    If I have a beer at lunch, I’m pretty much done working for the day. It doesn’t make sense to me to only have one, or even two, such a foreign concept to me, even worse is walking away with half a glass of beer sitting on the table. Chipped china, does it bother you like it bothers me?

    1. Yea you just can’t walk away from a glass of beer ๐Ÿ˜›

    2. Neil says:

      That’s a pretty keen eye for detail you have there!

    3. John Chow says:

      I didn’t noticed the chipped plate. Then again, this isn’t a high-end restaurant so I don’t look for things like that.

  8. mcangeli says:

    thats one of the problems with working in the corporate world… no beer for lunch. ๐Ÿ™

  9. Yankees says:

    Looks good, making me hungry. I’m going to go eat something ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Manik says:

    John you becoming a food critique these days! Price seems to be cheap. Some pictures are taken after you eat some. Wouldn’t it look more clean if they where taken before you eat them ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. bloggernoob says:

    not too shabby for 6.95

  12. Wow, looks great. Nice i wanna go eat too.

  13. MMMMMMMMMM. That looks good. I want to try that dessert. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Gary Lee says:

    i wonder if morgan ever cooks or even has a fridge at his house . . . ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    1. Who’s morgan if you don’t mind me asking?

    2. John Chow says:

      I think the only time Greg Morgan cooks is if his mom cooks for him.

      1. Gary Lee says:

        or when he presses “Start” on his microwave ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. sven says:

    yummy. I get hungry.

  16. Flibber says:

    Oh maaaaan, that looks so delicious! I am so desperate for that Goreng Pisang now… Thanks, i am just trying to loose weight ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Tom says:

    Where’s the picture of the view? Dont tease!

  18. squaretan says:

    Wah John, you know also about Roti Canai!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Very famous food in Malaysia. Main reason? Cheap! But not getting cheap anymore as it’s price is soaring second after second!

  19. Gdog says:

    I know where I’m having lunch next…that looks damn good at a reasonable price. Yummy!

  20. Do these restaurants pay you to plug them..or at least provide your meal on the house?

  21. Noor Ashraaf says:

    If you are going to a Malaysian Restaurant, One Meal that you should really try is the Nasi Lemak . It is the Staple food for Malaysian. We eat it almost everyday for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Nasi Lemak is available everywhere in Malaysia. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Etienne Teo says:

      That is a something singaporeans also eat daily.

  22. Mr.Pinoy says:

    Wow, with all those picture you posted makes me hungry.
    That reminds me… I already skipped my lunch. ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Mike Huang says:

    You’re suppose to eat expensive feasts! Com’on, after the review I did for you, you should know that’s who you are ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyways, the fried banana looks similar to the thai dessert ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Bhavika says:

    Malay food is delicious, you shud also try Kambing Kalio, Ikan Masak Lemak Cili Padi, yummy!!!

    John, I am quite an admirer of you, I’ve always got new tips and ways of monetizing my blog, I keep telling my boyfriend that…lol…managed to get him all j….keep up the good work!


  25. Tiger Beer? I learned something new today. Awesome. I am more used to Thai SingHa…

  26. Shams says:

    Tiger beeeeeeeeer ๐Ÿ˜†

  27. Nic says:

    Also, did you know that in Afrikaans the word Pisang means Banana?

    Interesting correlation!

  28. Bhavika says:

    I love Malay cuisine:)

  29. Rosie says:

    I must pay this restaurant a visit!

  30. SolarPowerNM says:

    Ok Now I am really Hungry!


  31. G says:

    What is the price of the roti canai? and how many pieces did u get?

  32. adar says:

    wow, you really have a roti canai. Damm, roti canai is great. another famous malaysian food is nasi lemak.

    If you come to malaysia and don’t try these two, then you really not finish visiting Malaysia.

  33. chris says:

    amazing. I’d never thought I’d live to find Malaysian food being blogged about in an exclusive blog such as this one!

    I’m a Malaysian myself, and I’ve started reading your blog after subscribing myself into your mailing list. You’ve been a lot of help, and I’d like to say thanks for your selfless deeds. After all, we have a saying here that pretty much sums up what you do:
    “you scratch my back, i scratch yours back”

    that’s an analogy of a win-win situation for those who didn’t get it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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