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.

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

Dim Sum (with a twist) Comes to Yaletown

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For a while now, tapas – little plates of food you nibble and share – have been big in Vancouver.  But, long before tapas ever came to the city, we had dim sum.  As much a social experience as a meal, dim sum involves sampling from dozens of different bite-sized Chinese dishes, usually served in small, bamboo steamer baskets.

Filled with everything from shrimp dumplings to fried radish cakes, the steaming baskets are wheeled out on a rolling cart that makes the rounds through the restaurant.  If you see something  you like, you just flag it down.

There are literally hundreds of Chinese restaurants serving dim sum in Vancouver.  In fact, for many people, sitting down to a weekend dim sum is the culinary highlight of the week:  It’s cheap, the food is authentic and, when you get down to it, it’s like a buffet that comes right to your table.   Options are plentiful in Chinatown, along Main and Fraser Streets and in Richmond and Burnaby.  But there hasn’t been a great dim sum place in Yaletown.

Until now.
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Dim Sum (with a twist) Comes to Yaletown

The Search for Contemporary Chinese Cuisine in Vancouver

Ah . . . the elusive search for great Chinese food in Vancouver.  In nearby Richmond, of course, finding authentic Chinese is no problem – There are something like 200 Chinese restaurants clustered on Alexandra Road alone (aka “Food Street”).  But it gets a bit trickier in Vancouver.

There’s Chinatown proper, which features some traditional restaurants of note, like Jade Dynasty, as well as many touristy joints.  There’s also Main Street, which was once a hub of great Chinese cuisine and is still home to some classic restaurants like Sun Sui Wah Seafood.  But finding top-notch contemporary Chinese food in Vancouver – which respects traditional recipes while also incorporating international influences and all of BC’s natural bounty – can sometimes be a challenge.

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The Search for Contemporary Chinese Cuisine in Vancouver

Sun Yat-Sen Garden 2.0: Chinatown’s New Cultural Hub

Photo: Remy Scalza

Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is a well known and well loved Vancouver fixture.  Nearing its 25th birthday, the classical garden was built by 53 master Chinese craftsmen at a cost of more than $6 million in anticipation of Expo ’86.  Today, it’s koi ponds, stone walkways and intricate chambers are one of the city’s most popular attractions, offering an idyllic retreat from the bustle of downtown.

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Sun Yat-Sen Garden 2.0: Chinatown’s New Cultural Hub

Beyond Wontons: Where to Find Vancouver’s Best Chinese Cuisine (Part II)

Despite Vancouver’s reputation for great Chinese cuisine, finding a stellar Chinese meal isn’t always easy in the city.  In my last post, I asked for your advice and talked about the Chinese Restaurant Awards, an annual competition that highlights the city’s best restaurants.

Armed with a copy of the Signature Dish Dining Guide (which lists winners of the awards), I headed to Richmond’s “Food Road” recently, where more than 200 Chinese restaurants are packed within the space of a few blocks along Alexandra Road.  My mission was to try several of the award-winning dishes at Jade Seafood Restaurant, a perennial winner of gold and silver medals in the competition.

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Beyond Wontons: Where to Find Vancouver’s Best Chinese Cuisine (Part II)

Beyond Wontons: Where to Find Vancouver’s Best Chinese Cuisine?

Photo: Asian Canadian Cultural Association

Conde Nast Traveler recently awarded Vancouver a gold medal for its outstanding Chinese Cuisine – the best in the world (China included), according to the article’s author.  But despite this embarrassment of riches, finding a great Chinese meal isn’t always easy in the city.

The best restaurants are often well off the beaten path, tucked away in smaller neighborhoods and below the radar of most diners.  Plus, many restaurants are so authentic that menus are printed only in Chinese, deterring even the most intrepid of eaters.

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Beyond Wontons: Where to Find Vancouver’s Best Chinese Cuisine?

Quiet zones: Top 5 places to rest and recharge during the 2010 Winter Games

Sun Yat-Sen Garden (Photo: Tourism Vancouver)

It’s all fun and games in Vancouver these days–except when it ain’t.

There have been a couple of  times in the last day or two when I’ve felt like a salmon struggling upstream as I’ve made my home through the crowds after a shift at the Main Media Centre.

When you find yourself needing respite from the riptide of humanity, reclaim your sanity at these Top 5 downtown oases of calm:

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Quiet zones: Top 5 places to rest and recharge during the 2010 Winter Games