Bowl Challenge Winners 2019

The Vancouver Foodster Bowl Challenge  was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their rice or grain Bowl creation from October 2-27, 2019. 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.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{105 points}

Food by Fanta

Khao Yum 

Price: $19

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description: Southern Thai Style Khao Yum in a new look with traditional flavour of all herbs, fruit, vegetables and garlic prawns butterfly-pea flower pecan jasmine rice with BBQ glazed steak with mango, pineapple, pomelo, carrot, edamame, cucumber, egg thread, red cabbage, roasted coconut and sprinkle with lime leaves, lemongrass, fried shallots, yams and avocado. Served with Thai Chilli sauces.

Offered: Wednesday to Sunday 11am-3 pm

Food by Fanta at BCD Academy

20542 Fraser Hwy #107, Langley

Tel: (604) 427-0166

Web: https://www.facebook.com/FoodbyFanta/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

2nd Place:

{102 points}

Maizal

Paella Yucatán

Price: $18

Created by: Rodrigo Vela

Description: I inspired in the traditional seafood paella but with a Mexican twist, using ingredients from the Yucatan peninsula and Mexican cuisine, like achiote, roasted poblano peppers, Mexican chorizo, habanero, bitter limes, & corn tortillas.

Offered: All the time

Maizal

2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 709-0813

Web: https://www.maizalrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @maizalyvr

Instagram: @maizal_rmf

Rodrigo Vela

3rd Place:

{83 points}

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

Kabocha Curried Fried Rice

Price $15

Created by: Chef Yen Do

Description: Vegan coconut curry fried rice, battered oyster mushroom, lotus root chips, snow peas, jalapenos and fresh herbs served on a kabocha bowl.

Offered: All the time

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

1392 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 225-8349

Web: https://www.facebook.com/eatdochay/

Instagram @eatdochay

Chef Yen Do

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

Kabocha Curried Fried Rice

Price $15

Created by: Chef Yen Do

Description: Vegan coconut curry fried rice, battered oyster mushroom, lotus root chips, snow peas, jalapenos and fresh herbs served on a kabocha bowl.

Offered: All the time

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

1392 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 225-8349

Web: https://www.facebook.com/eatdochay/

Instagram @eatdochay

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Food by Fanta

Khoa Yum by Fanta

Price: $19

Created by: Chef Parinya Loptson

Description: Southern Thai Style Khao Yum in a new look with traditional flavour of all herbs, fruit, vegetables and garlic prawns butterfly-pea flower pecan jasmine rice with BBQ glazed steak with mango, pineapple, pomelo, carrot, edamame, cucumber, egg thread, red cabbage, roasted coconut and sprinkle with lime leaves, lemongrass, fried shallots, yams and avocado. Served with Thai Chilli sauces.

Offered: Wednesday to Sunday 11am-3 pm

Food by Fanta at BCD Academy

20542 Fraser Hwy #107, Langley

Tel: (604) 427-0166

Web: https://www.facebook.com/FoodbyFanta/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

 

Maizal

Paella Yucatán

Price: $18

Created by: Rodrigo Vela

Description: I inspired in the traditional seafood paella but with a Mexican twist, using ingredients from the Yucatan peninsula and Mexican cuisine, like achiote, roasted poblano peppers, Mexican chorizo, habanero, bitter limes, & corn tortillas.

Offered: All the time

Maizal

2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 709-0813

Web: https://www.maizalrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @maizalyvr

Instagram: @maizal_rmf

 

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Karl Kliparchuk, Jacqueline Chui and Joyce Lam

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a bowl creation could earn is 120 points.

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

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their bowl creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak