Ever wonder where to find Vancouver’s best Taiwanese beef noodle soup or pan-fried Shanghainese bun?
Your search may be over. Diners’ Choice winners of the 2013 Chinese Restaurant Awards were announced earlier this weeks. More than 34,000 ordinary Metro Vancouver diners voted for hundreds of restaurants. The result: An amazing cheat sheet for foodies eager to experience the city’s best Chinese cuisine – both familiar favourites and off-the-beaten-path finds.
Winners were selected in 18 different categories, everything from best hot pot to best dim sum. The Best Taiwanese Beef Noodle prize was claimed by Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle (locations in Richmond and Vancouver), which made its debut in the Lower Mainland after winning three championships in the Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival. Meanwhile Best Pan-Fried Shanghainese Bun went to Top Shanghai Cuisine in Richmond, for its exactingly authentic take on the regional delicacy.
Other notable highlights include the award for Best Chinese Barbecue. Richmond’s BBQ Master was recognized for their barbecue pork belly and cha siu (pork roast), dishes which attract discerning diners from all over Vancouver, selling out regularly.
This is the fifth instalment of the Chinese Restaurant Awards, which aims to help Vancouver diners discover the amazing – and widely overlooked – culinary scene in their own backyard. No less an authority than the New York Times declared that suburb of Richmond has “the best Chinese food outside of China.” Indeed, along Richmond’s Alexandra Road (a.k.a Food Street) hundreds of restaurants representing cuisine from all parts of China jam the space of just a few blocks.
The People’s Choice Awards are followed on February 26 by the Critics’ Choice Awards, where the pros weigh in on the best Chinese dishes in the city.
The complete list of the Diners’ Choice Awards winners appears below.
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2013 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners
Best: *new awards for this year
1. Taiwanese Beef Noodle*
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
102-3313 Shrum Lane, Vancouver (604) 228-8765
1560 Marine Drive, West Vancouver (778) 279-8822
2800-4151 Hazelbridge Way (Aberdeen Centre), Richmond (604) 295-9357
2. B.C. Dungeness Crab Dish*
Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
3888 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8822
102-4920 No.3 Rd, Richmond (604) 273-8208
3. Pan-fried Shanghainese Bun*
Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant
120-8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond (604) 278-8790
4. Stir-fried Prawns with Eggs*
Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant
6236 Fraser St, Vancouver (604) 324-8855
5. Salt & Pepper Pork Loin*
5960 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604) 303-7977
4327 North Rd, Burnaby (604) 421-8838
5797 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (604) 324-3665
4265 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8232
6. Fine Dining Restaurant
1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver (604-682-8833)
2/F, 555 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver (604-879-8038)
350 Gifford Street, New Westminster (604-528-8833)
200 Three West Centre, 7900 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (604-303-8833)
7. Dim Sum Restaurant*
Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant
3580-4151 Hazelbridge Way Richmond (604) 303-9739
8. Northern Chinese Restaurant
Sha Lin Noodle House
656 West Broadway, Vancouver (604) 873-1618
9. Shanghainese Restaurant
Shanghai River Restaurant
110-7831 Westminster Highway Richmond (604) 233-8885
10. Szechuan / Hunan Restaurant
121-4600 No 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 285-3668
11. Taiwanese Restaurant/BBT Café
1128-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604-270-3939)
1782-6060 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604-279-0177)
12. Hot Pot Restaurant
Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver (604-568-6630)
13. Congee and Noodle Restaurant
Congee Noodle King
3313 Kingsway, Vancouver (604) 435-6670
14. Vegetarian Restaurant
3G Vegetarian Restaurant
3424 Cambie Street, Vancouver (604) 568-9008
15. Hong Kong-Style Café
Deer Garden Signatures
2015-8580 Alexandra Road Richmond (604) 278-9229
#1118-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604) 278-3779
6270 Fraser St., Vancouver (604) 322-6116
16. Bakery Shop
Kam Do Bakery
1120-8391 Alexandra Road Richmond (604) 231-9216
130-6211 No.3 Rd, Richmond, BC (604) 231-9216
17. BBQ Shop
HK B.B.Q. Master
145-4651 No. 3 Road, Richmond (604-272-6568)
18. Food Court Stall
Xiang Yuan Qiao Bridge Rice Noodle, Crystal Mall