20 Best Chinese Dishes in Vancouver: Winners of 2013 Chinese Restaurant Awards Announced

Tin_Tin_beefSick of sweet-and-sour pork, fried rice and the same-old MSG-infused Chinese dishes?

You might want to check out this list.

The results of the fifth annual Chinese Restaurant Awards have just been announced.  Top food critics from across the city assembled to pick the top 20 Chinese dishes in Metro Vancouver.  And the results go way beyond the old familiar standbys.

Among the winners this year are baked lemon barbecue pork pie, deep-fried pumpkin sticks with egg yolk sauce and steamed brown sugar rice cake.  Critics opted to throw out the traditional categories used in previous years (best hot pot, best dumplings, etc.) and simply recognize the most amazing dishes available in the city.  Read on for the full list.   Continue reading:
20 Best Chinese Dishes in Vancouver: Winners of 2013 Chinese Restaurant Awards Announced

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 34,000 people voted – Here are the results

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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.   Continue reading:
Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 34,000 people voted – Here are the results

2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards: Results are In!

Landmark HotPot House - Stir Fried Glutinous Rice

Metro Vancouver is blessed with some incredible Chinese cuisine.  Nearly 500,000 of the region’s residents trace their roots to China, which translates into a huge demand for fresh, authentic Chinese food, from Cantonese to Szechuan, Hunan and everything in between.  In fact, more than 200 Chinese restaurants pack Richmond’s famous Alexandra Road alone.

But with so many choices, how do you hunt down the hidden gems?

The answer: the Chinese Restaurant Awards.  Inaugurated in 2009, the awards recognize the best Chinese dishes served in Metro Vancouver.  Professional food critics pore over countless entries before deciding on the top Chinese plates in the region.  And the 2012 results are in:  Continue reading:
2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards: Results are In!

25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012

Image: PuSh Festival

After the gift and booze-fueled revelry of December, January can look quite bleak. Don’t despair. This is mostly chemical and will disappear by January 2, if you drink lots of water.

January in Vancouver is packed full of cultural happenings, sporting events, festivals and markets. I’ve listed 25 events to look forward to in January after the jump.

With options ahead like Dine Out Vancouver, the annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Chinese New Year, good luck trying to schedule a night in, folks.
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25 worthwhile Vancouver happenings in January 2012

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver: 2012 Diners’ Choice Results are in

Black poplar mushroom dumplings at Elite Restaurant in Monterey Park, California...

Wondering where to get the best dim sum in Metro Vancouver?  Or the best Chinese BBQ?  Or the best Szechuan cuisine?

Wonder no longer.  The diners have spoken.  Earlier this year, more than 12,521 votes were cast in the Diners’ Choice Awards component of Vancouver’s annual Chinese Restaurant Awards.  The results (see below) are a veritable road map to finding the best Chinese food in a city justly famous for its Chinese cuisine.

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Best Chinese Food in Vancouver: 2012 Diners’ Choice Results are in