Rediscovering Vancouver’s Chinatown: Part III – Food and Markets

Photo: Remy Scalza

Chinatown is suddenly Vancouver’s most talked-about neighborhood (Just check out this recent Vancouver Sun article).   To understand Chinatown’s past and present, I tagged along on a unique walking tour of the neighborhood called A Wok around Chinatown.   In my last post, I talked about the ancient ceremonies that are alive and well in Chinatown.  In this final installment, I’ll take a look at restaurants and produce and meat markets in the neighborhood.

While the best Chinese food in Vancouver today is arguably being served in Richmond, there are still some authentic and affordable restaurants right in Chinatown.  Jade Dynasty, near the corner of Pender and Main Street, is one of them.

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Rediscovering Vancouver’s Chinatown: Part I – Sacred Places

Photo: Remy Scalza

Is Chinatown the next Yaletown? After skidding along in anonymity for much of the ’80s and ’90s, Chinatown is suddenly Vancouver’s most talked-about neighborhood (Just check out this recent Vancouver Sun article). Trendy new restaurants like Bao Bei are offering an updated take on Chinese cuisine, the boutique hotel Keefer is now open and Jay-Z himself was recently spotted at the new Fortune Sound Club.

To understand Chinatown’s past and present, I tagged along on a unique walking tour of the neighborhood called A Wok around Chinatown (Get it?). The four-hour tour ($90) looks at the gardens, shops and restaurants of Chinatown and uses food as a gateway to understanding Vancouver’s Chinese culture. Today, in the first installment of a three-part series, I look at the sacred places uncovered on A Wok around Chinatown.

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Rediscovering Vancouver’s Chinatown: Part I – Sacred Places

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