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.  Richmond’s BBQ Master was recognized for their barbecue pork belly and cha siu (pork roast), dishes which attract discerning diners from all over Vancouver, selling out regularly.

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This is the fifth instalment of the Chinese Restaurant Awards, which aims to help Vancouver diners discover the amazing – and widely overlooked – culinary scene in their own backyard.  No less an authority than the New York Times declared that suburb of Richmond has “the best Chinese food outside of China.”  Indeed, along Richmond’s Alexandra Road (a.k.a Food Street) hundreds of restaurants representing cuisine from all parts of China jam the space of just a few blocks.

The People’s Choice Awards are followed on February 26 by the Critics’ Choice Awards, where the pros weigh in on the best Chinese dishes in the city.

The complete list of the Diners’ Choice Awards winners appears below.

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2013 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners

Best:       *new awards for this year

1.              Taiwanese Beef Noodle*

Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle

102-3313 Shrum Lane, Vancouver (604) 228-8765

1560 Marine Drive, West Vancouver (778) 279-8822

2800-4151 Hazelbridge Way (Aberdeen Centre), Richmond (604) 295-9357


2.              B.C. Dungeness Crab Dish*

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

3888 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8822

102-4920 No.3 Rd, Richmond  (604) 273-8208


3.              Pan-fried Shanghainese Bun*

Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant

120-8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond (604) 278-8790


4.              Stir-fried Prawns with Eggs*

Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant

6236 Fraser St, Vancouver (604) 324-8855


5.              Salt & Pepper Pork Loin*

Mui Garden

5960 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604) 303-7977

4327 North Rd, Burnaby (604) 421-8838

5797 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (604) 324-3665

4265 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8232


6.              Fine Dining Restaurant

Kirin Restaurants

1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver (604-682-8833)

2/F, 555 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver (604-879-8038)

350 Gifford Street, New Westminster (604-528-8833)

200 Three West Centre, 7900 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (604-303-8833)


7.              Dim Sum Restaurant*

Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant

3580-4151 Hazelbridge Way  Richmond (604) 303-9739


8.              Northern Chinese Restaurant

Sha Lin Noodle House

656 West Broadway, Vancouver (604) 873-1618

9.              Shanghainese Restaurant

Shanghai River Restaurant

110-7831 Westminster Highway  Richmond (604) 233-8885

10.           Szechuan / Hunan Restaurant

Bushuair Restaurant

121-4600 No 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 285-3668

11.           Taiwanese Restaurant/BBT Café

Pearl Castle

1128-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604-270-3939)

1782-6060 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604-279-0177)

12.           Hot Pot Restaurant

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot

5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver (604-568-6630)

13.           Congee and Noodle Restaurant

Congee Noodle King

3313 Kingsway, Vancouver (604) 435-6670

14.           Vegetarian Restaurant

3G Vegetarian Restaurant

3424 Cambie Street, Vancouver (604) 568-9008

15.           Hong Kong-Style Café

Deer Garden Signatures

2015-8580 Alexandra Road  Richmond (604) 278-9229

#1118-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604) 278-3779

6270 Fraser St., Vancouver (604) 322-6116

16.           Bakery Shop

Kam Do Bakery

1120-8391 Alexandra Road  Richmond (604) 231-9216

130-6211 No.3 Rd, Richmond, BC (604) 231-9216

17.           BBQ Shop

HK B.B.Q. Master

145-4651 No. 3 Road, Richmond (604-272-6568)

18.           Food Court Stall

Xiang Yuan Qiao Bridge Rice Noodle, Crystal Mall

2128 – 4500 Kingsway (Crystal Mall), Burnaby (778) 317-5530

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