Vancouver Salad Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge was a success featuring several Salad creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their salad creation from July 8-31, 2016. 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: Zahra Alani, Alyssa Dawson and James Chung.

The Winners are: 

1st Place (tie): 

House Special

Đà Nẵng Summer Salad

Đà Nẵng Summer Salad

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Yen Do

Description: Charred octopus, shiso crisp, compressed watermelon, pickled watermelon rind slaw, arugula, toasted peanut, cucumber, sesame balsamic, lemon + thai basil oil

Offered: dinner only after 5pm

House Special

1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-2939

Web: http://www.housespecial.ca/

Twitter: @housespecialvan

Instagram: housespecial.ca 

Chef Yen Do

Chef Yen Do

 

1st Place (tie): 

Ban Chok Dee

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

Description:  A Refreshingly light medley of flavours with a mixture of juicy pomelo strands, crisp jicama, crushed candied pecan and Thai herbal dressing mixed with prawns and smoked salmon.

Offered: Both lunch and dinner

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

Chef Parinya Lopston

Chef Parinya Lopston

2nd Place:

Saj & Co.

Phoenician Breeze

Phoenician Breeze

Price: $12

Description:  mix of kale ,onions, and spinach, sprouted beans, shoots, beans, avocado, beets, nuts, seeds, halloumi, cheese, wild rice, quinoa, brown rice, tomato, cucumber, mint, Lebanese olives, hemp hearts and chia and a breeze of Phoenician love.

Created by: Chef Malek Anouti

Offered: Mon-Fri between 12pm and 3pm  & between 6pm and 9pm; and Saturday from 3pm till 8pm

Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://sajandco.ca/

Twitter: @Sajnco

Instagram:

3rd Place:

U & I Thai

Grilled Duck Breast Salad

Grilled Duck Breast Salad

Price $14.95

Created by: Chef Ui Ratsomjit

Description: Salad features pea greens, green papaya, celery, cilantro, pineapple, lychee, cherry tomato, cashew nut, seasoned with Thai herbs. Finished with our sweet and sour special house salad dressing.

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

And

U & I Thai

33261 1 Ave, Mission

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @UIThai2

Instagram: u_and_i_thai_

Chef Ui Ratsomjit

Chef Ui Ratsomjit

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

Description:  A Refreshingly light medley of flavours with a mixture of juicy pomelo strands, crisp jicama, crushed candied pecan and Thai herbal dressing mixed with prawns and smoked salmon.

Offered: Both lunch and dinner

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Saj & Co.

Phoenician Breeze

Phoenician Breeze

Price: $12

Description:  mix of kale ,onions, and spinach, sprouted beans, shoots, beans, avocado, beets, nuts, seeds, halloumi, cheese, wild rice, quinoa, brown rice, tomato, cucumber, mint, Lebanese olives, hemp hearts and chia and a breeze of Phoenician love.

Created by: Chef Malek Anouti

Offered: Mon-Fri between 12pm and 3pm  & between 6pm and 9pm; and Saturday from 3pm till 8pm

Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://sajandco.ca/

Twitter: @Sajnco

Instagram: sajandco

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

The Tuck Shoppe

Shoppe Rocket

Shoppe Rocket 

Price: $11

Created by: Chef Martin Keyer

Description: Arugula, basil and grape tomatoes lightly tossed in our white balsamic dressing, then topped with fresh mozzarella, crispy genoa salami, blueberries, strawberries, and finished with a balsamic glaze

Offered: Available Lunch and Dinner.

The Tuck Shoppe

237 Union St, Vancouver

Tel: 604.620.6773

Web:http://www.thetuckshoppe.com/

Twitter: @the_tuckshoppe

Instagram: the_tuckshoppe

Thank you to all the chefs, restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Salads on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Salad creations! See all the creations here.

By: Richard Wolak