2010 Edgewater Casino Chinese Restaurant Awards announced

The winner: House Special Crab at Richmond's Negative Space Restaurant

In February, Conde Nast Traveler magazine made official what locals have long known: Metro Vancouver has the best Chinese food in the world.

Today the 2010 Edgewater Casino Chinese Restaurant Awards named the best of the best.

A panel of local foodies that included CBC Radio‘s Margaret Gallagher, the Vancouver Sun‘s Nathan Fong and Ming Pao‘s Iris Yim picked the 2010 Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards.

According to food writer Stephanie Yuen, chair of the judging panel, “all CRA judges understand the cooking methods, history and traditions of Chinese food. This is really important. It creates a level judging field where they all share the same criteria.”

Judges receive a directory of Vancouver’s 400+ Chinese restaurants and then submit between three and five nominations in each of the 25 categories. Then all the judges go out and taste each other’s recommendations.

It’s a tough gig, but somebody has to do it.

This year it was a neck-and-neck race between Vancouver and Richmond restaurants with Richmond eateries claiming a total of 24 awards and Vancouver earning 19.

If, like me, you love Chinese food but lack confidence when it comes to ordering, make sure you visit the awards web site before making your reservation.

Whether you’re looking for the best dumpling (Jade Seafood or Empire Chinese Cuisine), the best congee (Congee Noodle House or Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House) or the best crab feast (Negative Space or Ningtu), you’ll find the guidance you’re looking for.

Pork stomach and ginko long-boiled soup anyone? Meet you at Richmond’s Bamboo Grove…

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