Rice Bowl Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Rice Bowl Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Richmond and Langley.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from March 3-27, 2016. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Jay Minter, Joyce Lam and Mary Sheridan.

The Winners are:

1st Place (tie):

Siam in the City Rice Bowl

Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Price: $14

Description:  Cured chicken, water chestnuts, Thai basil fried rice with avocado green curry sauce, caramelized almond and pumpkin seeds, topped with carrots, sprouts and crunchy kale. Served with the side of salt & pepper chicken skin salad!

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

1st Place (tie):

Oka-San Kitchen

Oka-San Kitchen

Oka-San Kitchen

Momma’s style Poke Rice Bowl

Price: $10.95

Description:. A Hawaiian influenced classic that includes a variety of fish tossed in our homestyle poke recipe which is served over sushi rice with wakame, sesame,  furikake, masago, green onions and grape tomatoes.

Created by:

Offered: All the time daily (closed Tuesday’s)

Oka-San Kitchen

3578 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-9898

Web: http://www.okasankitchen.com/

Twitter @Okasankitchen

 

1st Place (tie):

Saj & Co.

Saj & Co.

Saj & Co.

SHAMS Rice Bowl

Price: $13

Description:  Shams means the sun; is Vibrant, is Life, is warm and is health. A mix of organic wild rice, organic brown rice, organic quinoa, burgul, cheese, chickpeas, oven roasted free range organic turkey, pine nuts, roasted vegetables and lots of love.

Created by: Chef Malek Anouti

Offered: Dinner Monday – Friday 6pm – 9 pm; and Saturday and 6pm – 10pm

Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://sajandco.ca/

Twitter: @Sajnco

Chef Malek Anouti

Chef Malek Anouti

2nd Place:

American Grille

American Grille

General Chau Rice Bowl

Price: $17

Description: Korean style bowl similar to a Bibimap with Cajun spiced chicken, prawns with garlic, egg, scallion served with General Chau sauce on rice.

Created by: Chef John Chau

Offered: All the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

 

3rd Place:

U & I Thai

U & I Thai

Red Rice Bowl

Price: $14

Description: Pork jowl, Red Currie paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, bamboo shoots, rice and basil.

Created by: Chef Ui Ratsomjit

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @UIThai2

Instagram: u_and_i_thai_

Chef Ui Ratsomjit and her team

Chef Ui Ratsomjit and her team

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Rice Bowl Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Siam in the City Rice Bowl

Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Price: $14

Description:  Cured chicken, water chestnuts, Thai basil fried rice with avocado green curry sauce, caramelized almond and pumpkin seeds, topped with carrots, sprouts and crunchy kale. Served with the side of salt & pepper chicken skin salad!

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Oka-San Kitchen

Oka-San Kitchen

Oka-San Kitchen

Momma’s style Poke Rice Bowl

Price: $10.95

Description:. A Hawaiian influenced classic that includes a variety of fish tossed in our homestyle poke recipe which is served over sushi rice with wakame, sesame,  furikake, masago, green onions and grape tomatoes.

Created by:

Offered: All the time daily (closed Tuesday’s)

Oka-San Kitchen

3578 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-9898

Web: http://www.okasankitchen.com/

Twitter @Okasankitchen

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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U & I Thai

U & I Thai

U & I Thai

Red Rice Bowl

Price: $14

Description: Pork jowl, Red Currie paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, bamboo shoots, rice and basil.

Created by: Chef Ui Ratsomjit

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @UIThai2

Instagram: u_and_i_thai_

 

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Rice Bowls creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Rice Bowl creations! See all the Rice Bowl Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak