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.

Which is why I’d like to ask for your help:

Do you have a favorite Chinese restaurant in Vancouver or Richmond?  A place that serves incredible dimsum or the best hotpot in the city?  If so, please leave a comment below.

In an effort to bring more attention to the city’s overlooked culinary treasures, the Chinese Restaurant Awards were started in 2009.  Outstanding restaurants are awarded gold and silver medals in particular categories, from the best Cantonese dimsum to best Chinese barbecue.   For diners like me – who love Chinese food but have rarely ventured beyond wontons and lo mein  – the awards offer a kind of cheat sheet, providing descriptions of classic Chinese dishes and explaining where to find the best examples of each one.
Check out my next post for a review of Jade Seafood Restaurant, one of the perennial gold medal winners in the Chinese Restaurant competition.

And please leave a comment below with your favorite Chinese restaurant and its best dish.

Remy Scalza

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