Posts Tagged ‘Chinese’

SWEETIE PINK DESSERT

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150 – 8291 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Tel: (604) 214-9891

Web: http://www.sweetiepinkdessert.com/

Twitter: @sweetiepinkd

Advice: Min $5 per person, cash only.

Matcha Macau Pudding

Matcha Macau Pudding

Mango, Red Bean and Matcha Parfait

Mango, Red Bean and Matcha Parfait

In many cities around the world there are dessert emporiums, lounges and other sorts of places that specialize in sweet indulgences. In our culinary driven city the sweet side has often been amiss amongst the offerings. With our strong Asian culture one doesn’t have to go too far to find Asian focussed desserts. Last night my friend and fellow writer Louisa Chan joined me to share and experience some of these wonderous desserts in Richmond. Somewhat hidden in a strip mall is a pink walled dessert house with a menu that is filled with many different types of desserts from parfaits to puddings to glutinous rice balls to stews to deep fried ice cream with all sorts of Asian toppings. It is Hong Kong style, and it’s quite a treat to go with a friend or loved one and share some desserts. We had the delicious Matcha Macau Pudding ($4.95) along with the Mango, Red Bean and Matcha Parfait ($5.95) that was filled with scoops of vanilla and matcha green tea ice cream, mango pieces, red beans, whipped cream and cookie sticks.

The menu is vast you can also find a selection of thick toasts such as their Condensed Milk Toast, Macau Cheesecakes with their variations, stewed desserts, assortment of crème brulees such as their Matcha Crème Brulee which I must try on my next visit as well as many more interesting desserts.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Tasting Chinese Dumplings at Dinesty

In many cultures dumplings are a common food in one way or another. Dumplings are cooked balls of dough and are most often based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough and dumplings are sweet or savoury.

As many know I enjoy food experiences and adventures, I also enjoy connecting with people over twitter and social media, this adventure began from a twitter conversation that I had with Matty B who is the host of the Matty B Show on Virgin 95.3 FM. Together we are on a dumplings adventure where we will explore the many types of dumplings in as many cultures that feature them.

For our 1st Dumplings Adventure we explored the Chinese culture with a visit to Dinesty Chinese Restaurant and ordered many of the different types of dumplings they featured on their menu.

Fish Steamed Dumplings

Fish Steamed Dumplings

Pork Dumplings

Pork Dumplings

Pork Fried Dumplings

Pork Fried Dumplings

Beef Dumplings

Beef Dumplings

Shrimp & Pork Dumplings

Shrimp & Pork Dumplings

Steamed mashed Red Bean Paste Dumplings

Steamed mashed Red Bean Paste Dumplings

We shared the Fish steamed dumplings, Pork dumplings, Pork fried dumplings, Beef dumplings, Shrimp & Pork Dumplings and Steamed mashed red bean paste dumplings.

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One thing that we liked was the menu at Dinesty which featured photos of many of their dumplings dishes, they also provided a guide showing people how to eat the traditional Xiaolongbao.

Wikipedia best describes these: Xiaolongbao (Xiao Long Bao) is a type of steamed bun or baozi from the Jiangnan region of China, especially Shanghai and Wuxi. It is traditionally steamed in small bamboo baskets, hence the name (xiaolong is literally small steaming basket). Xiaolongbao are often referred to as soup dumplings or simply dumplings in English.

Dinesty on Robson

1719 Robson Street, Vancouver

Neighborhood: West End

Phone number (604) 669-7769

Stay tuned for our next dumplings adventure as we explore different cultures in and around Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

WESTERN LAKE

4989 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-321-6862

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Make a reservation on weekends for dim sum.

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Dim Sum is one of those amazing experiences that many partake in during weekends throughout the year, it’s the other version of brunch where Chinese restaurants are often packed with eager folk mingling with friends or family over ideally inexpensive tasty dishes. Going with a group of friends is the way to enjoy this multi dish experience and that is just what I did recently. Websturr was the ringleader of this Dim Sum group, I joined along with Anita, Daniel, Louis, Stephanie, Tim and Anita.

Baked Egg Custard Tarts

Baked Egg Custard Tarts

Spicy String Beans with minced pork

Spicy String Beans with minced pork

Chefs specialty Shredded Chicken

Chefs specialty Shredded Chicken

Deep fried Tofu with peppery salt

Deep fried Tofu with peppery salt

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Steamed Meat Rissoles

Steamed Rice Flour Rolls

Steamed Rice Flour Rolls

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Pan Fried Eggplant with shrimp paste

Pan Fried Eggplant with shrimp paste

Steamed Shiu-Mai Dumplings

Steamed Shiu-Mai Dumplings

Stir fried Radish Cake in spicy xo sauce

Stir fried Radish Cake in spicy xo sauce

Steamed Rice Flour Wrap with chinese donut

Steamed Rice Flour Wrap with chinese donut

As dish after dish arrive to our large round table, each of us indulged in tasting the deliciousness, my favourites were the Baked Egg Custard Tarts, Spicy String Beans with minced pork, Chefs specialty Shredded Chicken, Deep fried Tofu with peppery salt, Steamed Meat Rissoles, Steamed Rice Flour Rolls, Steamed Prawn Dumplings, Pan Fried Eggplant with shrimp paste, Steamed Shiu-Mai Dumplings, Stir fried Radish Cake in spicy xo sauce and Steamed Rice Flour Wrap with Chinese donut.

The restaurant serves dinner nightly as well, but has a separate Dim Sum chef on weekends. You will find an extensive selection of traditional favourites on the Dim Sum menu all well priced, making this dining experience inexpensive and delicious.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PEACEFUL RESTAURANT

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532 W Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 879-9878

Web:  http://www.peacefulrestaurant.com/

Twitter: @PeacefulResto

Advice: Go early and join the line-up at peak times.

Peaceful Potato Rolls

Peaceful Potato Rolls

Spicy Gingered Beef

Spicy Gingered Beef

Chilli-Garlic Eggplant

Chilli-Garlic Eggplant

Many of us have those special places for comfort food that hits the spot. This is one of those places and a true gem that I visit when I am yearning for flavourful comfort food. I have dined here a lot over the years and more times in the past couple of months, here it is best to see what dishes your neighboring table is eating, take note and order those dishes on your next visit. Some of my favourite dishes here are the Peaceful Potato Rolls ($7.95)- crispy flatbread rolled with shredded potato, scallions & sweet hoisin sauce; as well as the Spicy Gingered Beef ($12.95) crispy shredded beef tossed in a spicy gingery sauce; and the Chilli-Garlic Eggplant ($12.95) sautéed with shredded pork, bamboo, woodear mushroom & chilli paste.

Their hand-crafted noodles are a draw, as well are their steam buns, noodle soups and so much more. This is the original location and you will also find a few more locations around the city.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SEN CHINESE BISTRO

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UPDATED 10/13/13 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

101-1788 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-3989

Web: http://senchinesebistro.com/

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Sharing dishes here is highly suggested.

Celery & dried Scallop salad

Celery & dried Scallop Salad

Salt & Pepper Crunchy Tofu

Salt & Pepper Crunchy Tofu

Tea Smoked Duck

Tea Smoked Duck

To properly experience and understand Chinese cuisine in Vancouver, one must either be friends with or know Stephanie Yuen (Author and Food Writer), I’m fortunate for both. I dined with Stephanie and her husband Henry, along with friends Cassandra and Marck for dinner which was more like a feast of wonderful flavours. We started off with the Celery & dried Scallop Salad ($7.99) a refreshing starter dish; this was followed by the tasty Salt & Pepper Crunchy Tofu ($5.29). Next was the outstanding Tea Smoked Duck ($13.99) one of their house specialties.

Sizzling Teppan Triple a Beef

Sizzling Teppan Triple a Beef

Sable Fish with sautéed green onion

Sable Fish with sautéed green onion

 Golden Honey Prawns

Golden Honey Prawns

Pea Shoots

Pea Shoots

Wok fried Pork Slices.

Wok fried Pork Slices.

Next was another outstanding dish, the Sizzling Teppan Triple a Beef ($13.99) so flavourful and hearty; this was followed by the flavourful and delicious Sable Fish with sautéed green onion ($16.99) another house specialty. At the same time we were served the Golden Honey Prawns ($16.99) followed by the tender Pea Shoots ($13.99) and a new dish the Wok fried Pork Slices.

Dumplings stuffed with Red Bean

Dumplings stuffed with Red Bean

Lastly dessert, and as everyone who reads my blog knows I do have a sweet tooth and love a good dessert, I’ve never been fond of most Chinese desserts, however the one we had to finish our meal here was delightful, handcrafted dumplings stuffed with red bean the perfect ending to a wonderful dining experience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LE TIGRE CUISINE

Various locations daily

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Advice: Follow them on twitter for daily open hours and location.

Roasted Beet Fries

Steam Bun

Serving modern Asian cuisine on a food truck, owners Chef Clement Chan & Chef Steven Kuan are creating their own contemporary interpretation of classical Chinese cuisine. I first saw them last summer at the Richmond Night Market and then visited a few months later at their Georgia spot for some delish eats! I had the outstanding Roasted Beet Fries dusted with plum powder and spicy mayo along with the Steam Bun with bang bang sesame chicken, asian slaw, basil and cilantro.

There are offering new dishes all the time combining local seasonal ingredients with an abundant selection of high quality sustainable seafood and organic meats from B.C. They say it best, they want their customers to explore their culinary boundaries by pairing traditional Chinese offerings with new and refreshing flavours and textures. I would keep an eye out for this bright truck and for the new dishes these two chefs create.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Experiencing the Richmond Night Market

On Saturday night my friend Nikki Caine and I visited this market for the first time, I know this may come as a surprise to you, how is it possible that I haven’t been before, well it’s true. I first thought we would check it out, spend an hour and or so, we quickly discovered that this was going to be a night long experience, we then spent 4 hours eating our way around the market.

Pazza Rella Pizza

Margerita Pizza – Pazza Rella Pizza

Salami Pizza – Pazza Rella Pizza

Our 1st stop was to Pazza Rella Pizza and believe me this was a good idea, Neapolitan style pizza made in a wood burning oven that is on a food truck, very cool and a great experience. Nikki and I shared two pizzas, the Margerita (fior di latte cheese, tomato sauce, basil) and the Salami (salami, cheese, tomato sauce), you can find these two wonderful women pizza makers and their truck at this market every weekend through October or follow them on twitter @PazzaRellaPizza

Roti Canai

Making the Roti at Roti Canai

Chocolate Roti at Roti Canai

Our 2nd stop after running into my friend Russel Co (he is an experienced Richmond Night Market visitor who happily gave us some helpful eating tips and the best BBQ spot, more on that later in the post) was at Roti Canai and we ordered the Chocolate Roti. My friend hadn’t tried Roti before which I couldn’t believe, so we ordered it and since I hadn’t had chocolate in Roti before I thought heck let’s try it and so glad that we did, this was delicious!

Tip: Since it’s always crowded and there are line-ups almost everywhere, throw out the notion of eating savouries then dessert and mix it up.

Georgio’s Pinoy BBQ

Georgio’s Pinoy BBQ

Our 3rd stop was to Georgio’s Pinoy BBQ  (this was Russel’s pick, he said it was the best BBQ at the market) we waited and we watched them barbq the meat, then it was time to indulge in BBQ Pork on a skewer and it was flavourful.

As we walked up and down the aisles of food stalls, some we looked at such as the Deep Fried Dessert Bus (we couldn’t eat here,  it wasn’t a food of choice for us, however the line-up was deep) people were lining up for deep fried mars and snickers bars, even deep fried cheese cake.  We continued walking.

Japanese Rice Burger & Fries

Japanese Yam Fries with honey garlic sauce

Our 4th stop was at Japanese Rice Burger & Fries and here we ordered the Japanese Yam Fries with honey garlic sauce and this was yum, again we were sharing and this was a good dish to share.

making Dragon Beard Candy

We were so curious after hearing about Dragon Beard Candy, having no idea as to what that was, we visited their stand to watch and talk, discovering that it is a Chinese version of Cotton Candy, we will indulge in this treat next time.

Mango Yummy

Mangos, Vanilla Ice Cream & Shaved Ice at Mango Yummy

Our 5th stop was at Mango Yummy (this was the favourite pick of the women who work at Pazza Rella Pizza and we took their suggestion), it all looked good, we settled on the Mangos & Ice Cream with shaved ice and again sharing was the right thing to do, this was delicious and was one of my favourite dishes of the night.

More walking around we saw a stand that jumped out at a me more in awe, I had no idea what Itofu was selling, so I had a closer look, I was curious as to what Tofu with Black Sugar was, they saw me being very curious and then offered me a taste which I happily had and decided to try that dish another time.

Walked by Le Tigre Cuisine, I knew that these guys also have a food truck located downtown during the week, since they had quite the line-up I decided I will wait and visit their food truck one day soon.

Rotato

Making Rotato

Seasoning our Rotato

Caramel Rotato

Our 6th stop was at Rotato, obviously this is one of the most popular stands at the market, this one seemed to have the longest line-up all night long, so we decided why wait an hour earlier in the night and we made it our last stop of the night at 10:30 pm and waited about 10 minutes. We shared the Caramel Rotato, now if you haven’t been to this market you may be wondering what a Rotato is, besides the cool name, it is actually a potato that was sliced up in some sort of twisted machine, then skewered on a stick and deep fried. Then after you choose your flavour (they have savoury and sweet flavours) they sprinkle it all over and voila you are served your Rotato –this was really good, worth the 10 minute wait, not sure if it is worth an hour wait but you can be the judge.

Tip: You need good walking shoes, wear dark clothes (if you wear white any food that lands on you will show), and take a long a sweater or light jacket.

Tip: Don’t drive to this market, take Canada Line like we did, it’s quick and so easy.

Tip: There is a long line-up to get in and it moves quite fast.

Tip: It is cash only for entrance as well as at most of the vendors.

Cost: $1.50 per person to enter

Hours: 7pm – 12:30am

Open: Weekends at night only thru the summer until October

Location: 8351 River Road, Richmond and here is a map on how to find it.

We also walked around all of the non-food stalls and saw all sorts of neat items, the item that stood out the most was the cases for iphones, this is one popular item which can be found at the 10+ stalls throughout the market. On the food side there were 88 Food stalls and on the other side at least 200 stalls, so expect to do lots of walking and most of all lots of eating at this market.

By: Richard Wolak

ALWAYS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

4298 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-876-6110

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Alaskan King Crab season happens once a year, generally in March, contact the restaurant in advance for reservations. Go with a group of friends to share dishes.

I joined up with a group of friends for what turned out to be a 12 course dinner celebrating Alaskan King Crab. My friend and fellow writer Stephanie Yuen chose the restaurant as it’s known to be one of the best for Alaskan King Crab and other dishes. Our dinner was made up of 4 Alaskan King Crab dishes along with some of their other speciality dishes. At the big round table along with Stephanie and me, there was Henry, Cassandra, Rosana, Maria, Natalie, Matt, Nikki and Jason.

Crab & Fish Maw Soup

Garlic & Ginger King Crab

Deep Fried Crab

To begin we had the Crab & Fish Maw Soup followed by the outstanding and flavourful Garlic & Ginger King Crab and then the delicious Deep Fried Crab.

Royal Tofu

Tossed Noodles in crab jus

Baked Portugese Fried rice in the shell

The next round of dishes included their house specialty Royal Tofu which I loved, along with the Tossed Noodles in crab jus and the tasty Baked Portugese Fried rice in the shell which was the last crab dish.

Steamed Scallop and Eggplant in black bean sauce

Pork Chop with walnuts in mayo sauce

Goose in greens

Taiwanese Lettuce

The next round of dishes featured some of their off the menu dishes, I loved the Steamed Scallop and Eggplant in black bean sauce and didn’t care for the Pork Chop with walnuts in mayo sauce or the Goose in greens, and I liked the last savoury dish the Taiwanese Lettuce.

Mung Bean Soup

Honey Pumpkin with walnuts.

For dessert we were served their warm Mung Bean Soup along with my favourite dessert of the two the Honey Pumpkin with walnuts.

The menu is filled with Cantonese and some Taiwanese dishes and they are open late into the wee hours of the next morning should you be on the search for a late night of eating.

Review By: Richard Wolak

Chinois Restaurant Opening

Executive Sous Chef Christopher Chabot (L) & Executive Chef Ryan Mah (R)

On Wednesday, November 9th I attended the opening party of Chinois Restaurant in Yaletown.  Proprietor Peter Girges of Rocksglass Concepts was on hand to greet media and other invited guests as they opened Yaletown’s only Chinese restaurant.

X.O. Fried Rice

The menu is made up of traditional Chinese dishes that have been jazzed up or fused if you will, from BBQ to meat, Seafood, Poultry to rice, noodles and vegetables.

Jumbo Prawns with candied walnuts

Prawn Toast

Out of all the appetizers that I tried my favourite was the Jumbo Prawns with candied walnuts in a creamy spicy sauce followed by the Prawn Toast.

White and red wine was being poured along with champagne and some house cocktails.

Executive Chef Ryan Mah, formerly of Goldfish and Joe Fortes is working alongside Executive Sous Chef Christopher Chabot also formerly of Goldfish. General Manager is Gordon Fai.

The David Nichol designed room is dark with Gold shining lights taking their cue to the old Chinese Lanterns that you may find in Chinatown.

Chinois Restaurant is located at 1035 Mainland Street in Yaletown, the restaurant is open for dinner nightly.

Call 604-629-8808 or reservations. On the web at http://www.chinoisrestaurant.ca

By: Richard Wolak

DELIZIA FUSION CUISINE

#2150 – 8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC

Tel: 778-297-7381

Web: http://www.deliziafusion.com/

Twitter: @DeliziaFusion

Advice: Bring a friend or two and share some dishes. The take out menu is different than the dining in menu, if you are interested in a dish that is not on the menu, ask the chef.

Lobster with handmade noodles

Beef in Basil Sauce

Located in the heart of ‘food street’ is a modern stylish eatery all decked out in red that I had the pleasure to have dinner at recently with my friend Erica. This was my second visit and Erica’s first, previously I tasted some of their more traditional dishes, on this visit fusion took the stage. Erica joined me in sharing the delicious Lobster with handmade noodles (house special), followed by the Beef in Basil Sauce with a side of Jasmine rice. Their menu is vast, you will find a large selection of traditional Chinese dishes as well as Western dishes that have been infused in Asian culture most from China, Japan and Korea. Chef/co-owner Eddie Li is the master of the kitchen with a knack for creating.

Apple Pie ala Mode

I had my heart set to try one of their Asian desserts, however our server suggested that we order there popular Apple Pie ala Mode ($6.95), a thin almost tart topped with vanilla ice cream.

Review By: Richard Wolak

SPICY STAGE CAFE

150-4731 Garden City Road, Richmond

Tel: 604-270-8873

Web: n/a

Advice: Try one of the noodle combo sets or take a long some friends so you can share and taste the dishes. Cash only.

Milk Peanut Butter Toast

Deep Fried Chicken Wings

Chili Spice Chicken

Tom Young Soup Noodle

Vegi Spring Rolls

Beef Pot

Fried Radish Cake

Garlic Tofu

This is a Hong Kong Style Cafe that I would have never discovered on my own and I thank Tourism Richmond for pointing me in the right direction. The signage is somewhat confusing, though once inside you will find modern décor and comfortable dining. If you aren’t familiar with the menu offerings I advise you to ask.

I tasted my way through many dishes on this tasting dinner and some of the dishes I liked more than others. Since many of the dishes were on the tasting menu, I didn’t get the prices for them, the pricing is very reasonable for each of the dishes. I started off with the condensed Milk Peanut Butter Toast ($2) which I thought was unique and I wanted to try it.

One of the main features here is the soups and noodles, you can choose from nine different soup bases, seven different types of noodles and then add two other ingredients from the list of 27 ingredients for only $7.25 which is a pretty good deal. One of the soups that I liked was the Tom Yum Soup Noodle. The other dishes that I liked included the garlic topped Deep Fried Chicken Wings, I am not usually a fan of wings but these were very tasty. The Chili Spice Chicken was a bit too spicy for me personally, the Vegi Spring Rolls were your basic spring rolls. I didn’t care to much for the Beef Rice Pot as the beef was too tough for my liking. I loved the Fried Radish Cake as well as the Garlic Tofu and both of these were my standouts from this dining experience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Lin Chinese Cuisine Celebrates 3 Years

Proprietors & Chefs

On Tuesday November 9th I attended the 3rd Anniversary Multi-Course Banquet dinner at Lin Chinese Cuisine in South Granville.

Dish after dish arrived to our table and this delicious meal featuring many of their new menu creations.

These were my favourite dishes served during the evening.

Appetizers –Szechuan Spicy Chicken, Sinew Salad (vegetarian), Cumin Lamb Skewer

Xiao Long Bao

Gold & Silver Rolls

Sauce for the Gold & Silver Rolls

Fried Chicken, braised blueberry & Hawthorne Compote

Grilled Tilapia Fish with Ginger & Scallion

Dessert: Eight Treasure Rice

Pastry Duo

Lin Chinese Cuisine is located at 1537 West Broadway (near Granville) and online at http://www.linchinese.ca/

By: Richard Wolak

WILD RICE

Upstairs

UPDATED 3/2/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

117 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-642-2882

Web: http://www.wildricevancouver.com/

Twitter: @wildrice_pender

Advice: Check out the upstairs lounge for some bites and drinks.

I have dined here numerous times over the years and always love the vibe of the room with its modernist look, tall and narrow with a great looking bar and comfort.

Won Ton

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

Tea Cup Chocolate Pudding

I have dined here numerous times over the years and always love the vibe of the room with its modernist look, tall and narrow with a great looking bar and comfort. Last week some friends joined me and we all had the featured Prix Fixe 3 course menu for $18. My appetizer (1st course) was the Stuffed Won Ton for my entree (2nd course) was the Spicy Kung Pao Chicken (twice-cooked peanuts, Maple Hills free-range chicken, broccoli and rice noodles) that wasn’t too spicy and for dessert (3rd course) Tea Cup Chocolate Pudding. The menu is modern Chinese, with tasty dishes for sharing, soups and other dishes as well as an interesting line up of desserts. They often have Prixe Fixe menu specials as well they celebrate many of the Chinese holidays with festive fare.

Review by: Richard Wolak

LEGENDARY NOODLE

 

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

4191 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-879-8758

Web: www.legendarynoodle.ca

Advice: Cash only.

Shredded Potato

Crispy Fried Pan Cake

Lamb Shanks Noodle Soup

Noodles

For over 13 years this family run business has been hand rolling their noodles that they have become known for. I was lucky to be joined by my friend Stephanie Yuen who is another food writer who knows her Chinese food oh so well. We began our meal with the cold Shredded Potato ($3) with garlic, sesame oil a vegetarian dish with a sour and salty taste. Next up was the tasty Crispy Fried Pan Cake ($3.50) with fresh green onion, sprinkled with sesame. We then ventured into the first of a couple of the noodle dishes that they are known for. First was the Lamb Shanks Noodle Soup ($8) sprinkled with garlic and cilantro; and the other dish was the Noodles ($7) Perfumed with lemon garlic, green onion sauce, red chili crunch, topped with spinach and beansprouts (spicy & hot). With a pot of their house tea we enjoyed all of the dishes and conversation.

The style of food cooked here is from Lanzo in the Ghanxu province in China, very different style of food than other Chinese restaurants.

Review by: Richard Wolak

JADE DYNASTY

137 East Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-683-8816

Web: n/a

Advice: Dim Sum style is Cantonese

I was in for dim sum recently joined by my friend Stephanie, their menu lists a variety of different Cantonese items for dim sum, since my friend had dined their before she chose the items for me to try.

Scallop Dumplings

Prawn Dumplings

Eggs Tofu

Steamed Rice Crepe

Vegetable Tofu Roll

Daikon Rice Roll

Steamed Chicken Buns

I loved the Daikon Rice Roll which is the Chef’s creation, it was full of flavour and very unique. Every dish was great and the only one that I didn’t care for was the Eggs Tofu. The prices ranged from $2.75 – $5.50 each depending on the dish.

Nutty Taro Roll

To end our meal, we both enjoyed this dessert another of the Chef’s creations that are filled with sweetened mashed taro root, lightly breaded and deep fried, then coated with almond and coconut flakes. This Dim Sum experience was wonderful and I enjoyed trying all these dishes for Cantonese dim sum experience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

KEN’S CHINESE RESTAURANT

1097 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-873-6338

Web: www.kenschineserestaurant.com

Advice: Have a private room that holds 40, good idea to share some of the dishes.

Yin Yang

Lobster Hotpot

Stuffed Pink Scallop

Beef Tenderloin

This award winning restaurant has been on my list to check out for quite sometime, very happy that I finally trecked across town to visit. The server told me that I had to try the Yin Yang ($2.25) which I did, it was a hot beverage made of black tea and coffee and I suspect this popular HK style hot beverage is loaded with caffeine, with a little bit of sugar for sweetening it was a tasty hot drink. My friend and I began our meal here with award winning signature dish, the Lobster Hotpot ($18.80) in a very tasty sauce with ginger and green onion with taro noodles. The next award winning dish was the Stuffed Pink Scallop ($5) served on the half shell in a curry and cheese sauce. Since they serve both Cantonese style food along with Western Style I had to try one of the popular Western dishes and I enjoyed the huge Beef Tenderloin ($16.95) with black peppercorn sauce, broccoli and other vegetables.

Mung Bean & Sago Dessert Soup

They serve complementary dessert with all of their meals, these desserts change often, tonight we had a bowl of the hot Mung Bean & Sago Dessert Soup. The menu selection is vast, with 3 very different menus they offer a lot of different dishes and apparently all are popular with the varied mix of customers from lunch, thru late night. They were awarded Best Casual restaurant in the 2010 Chinese Restaurant Awards and I see why, come as you are and enjoy the homey atmosphere.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BAO BEI

163 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-688-0876

Web: http://www.bao-bei.ca/

Twitter: @baobei1

Advice: Good place to go with a friend so you can share dishes.  No reservations.

In this vibrant room, diners are treated not only to a very cool room, Bao Bei is inventive, unique and stylish, a modern Chinese Brasserie with a very hip look and feel. Located in the heart of Chinatown, they are one of the first restaurants to open in the area in years.

Sichuan Cucumbers

Mantou

The menu is truly creative and not at all like the Chinese food I have been acustomed too. The menu features “Schmacks” which would be known as appetizers on other menus, “Petit Lats Chinois” are small plates, “Petits Cadeaux” are large plates, and Noodle Soups, Stir Fried Vegetables, sides and a few desserts. Since I was dining solo, I was only able to have two dishes and they were both delicious and flavourful.  I had the Sichuan Cucumbers ($4) braised and marinated to start and then the superb Mantou ($9) steamed buns with braised beef shortrib, hoisin, scallions, pickled cucumber, and roasted peanuts. The room is large and spacious with eclectic wall hangings including are really cool collection of comics adorning the wall behind the high top tables. I sat at the bar and had a great view of the bartender mixing cocktails, this was also a good vantage point into the kitchen and from the high top tables in the front towards the dining area in the back. The service was friendly and the servers were hip, good looking and fun. The drinks list is quite unique as well offering up beers, sake, cocktails and wines. I will be back soon with friends so that we can share more dishes and experience the great flavours.

Review by: Richard Wolak

NORTHERN DELICACY RESTAURANT

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

Unit 2788, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-233-7050

Web: www.northern-delicacy.com

Advice: Bring friends and order a variety of dishes to share. Ask your server for assistance to describe the dishes listed.

Chicken with glass noodles with peanut sauce

Marinated Dried Tofu

Mushroom wrapped bean curd

Located upstairs in the Abertdeen Centre mall, if it wasn’t for friends that I was dining with I wouldn’t have found or visited this popular restaurant. We dined in a private room, banquet style in the round with a spin top table to move around our various dishes. Our server poured a Sumac Ridge Brut and Chinese tea all around for those that wanted bubbly or tea. We began with 3 cold tasty dishes that included my favourite Chicken with glass noodles with peanut sauce ($5.95); Marinated Dried Tofu with 5 spices ($5.95); and a Mushroom wrapped bean curd ($5.95) which was Smoked tofu filled with mushrooms. We then moved on had a selection of dishes, the Vegetarian Tofu Dumplings ($5.95) ; the Crab and Tofu ($10.95); and the Tea Smoked Duck ($14.95) which was so flavourful.

Vegetarian Tofu Dumplings

Crab and Tofu

Tea Smoked Duck

The room is spacious with many large tables to dine with friends along with a private banquet style room that can be reserved ahead.

Review by: Richard Wolak

NORTHERN DYNASTY

1180 – 8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-1192

Web: n/a

Advice: Go with friends and share the dishes.

Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic

Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab

Portugese Style Rice served in the crab shell

Hand Pulled Noodles

This is a restaurant that I would have never discovered on my own without hearing about it from a friend who is in the know on where to find some of the best Chinese restaurants in the area. It appeared we were in for a real treat when my dining companions and I visited this restaurant that specializes in King Crab dishes. Here we were served a multitude of dishes that included 1) Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic 2) Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab with garlic and bread crumbs and some cucumber salad 3) Portugese Style Rice served in the crab shell 4) Hand Pulled Noodles in Crab Jus. The crab is priced at $15.98 per pound (prices change), so based on the number of guests in your party they will estimate the cost. After these main dishes we were also served a Choy Vegetable dish. My favourite dishes of the evening went to the Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic and the Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab with garlic and bread crumbs both of these were so very good!

Agar - Coconut, Lychee and Black Sesame

Pumpkin and Tapioca Dessert Soup

To finish off our meal, we were served the Agar with a few variations that included Coconut, Lychee and Black Sesame all were good this then followed by a Pumpkin and Tapioca Dessert Soup which was hot and so tasty. The room is beautiful and this is one of the nicest fine dining Chinese restaurants in the city.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Chinese Restaurant Moveable Feast

I was honoured to be invited to the Chinese Restaurant Awards Moveable Feast on December 8th that included various members of the media along with some publicists and Stepanie Yuen who were on hand to explain each of the dishes to us. This wasn’t any ordinary dinner, it was quite the feast. I lost track somewhere after the 18 or so dishes that we had sampled in the 3 restaurants with food from 5 of the winners.

Here goes the culinary journey, that began and ended in Richmond.

BBQ Platter

BBQ Platter

Chef Erik of B.B.Q. Master

Chef Erik of B.B.Q. Master

Started off the evening at Northern Delicacy Restaurant (Silver award winner – Best Environment) at Unit 2788, 4151 Hazelbridge Way inside Aberdeen Centre. Here we dined in a private room, banquet style in the round with a spin top table to move around our various dishes. Our server poured a Sumac Ridge Brut and Chinese tea all around for those that wanted bubbly or tea.

Our first course was a BBQ Platter from B.B.Q. Master (Gold award winner – Best BBQ Shop) which is another restaurant located at #145 -4651 No. 3 Road. Chef Erik delivered his platter to us to eat as our first course and I enjoyed the BBQ Duck and BBQ Chicken with the tasty green onion and ginger sauce.

Mushroom Wrapped Bean Curd

Mushroom Wrapped Bean Curd

Chicken with glass noodles with peanut sauce

Chicken with glass noodles with peanut sauce

Marinated Dried Tofu

Marinated Dried Tofu

Vegetarian Tofu Dumplings

Vegetarian Tofu Dumplings

Crab and Tofu

Crab and Tofu

Tea Smoked Duck

Tea Smoked Duck

Our second restaurant or second course, round 1 would be the best way to describe the 4 cold appetizers that were created and served to us by Northern Delicacy. The 4 dishes included 1) Chicken with glass noodles with peanut sauce 2) Marinated Dried Tofu with 5 spices 3) Mushroom wrapped bean curd which was Smoked tofu filled with mushrooms and 4) Pork Hawk with Jelly fish. I only tasted 3 of the 4 dishes (did not have the Pork dish) and my favourite was the Chicken with glass noodles that I absolutely adored. Next up was round 2 at the same restaurant and here we were served 4 hot appetizers, these included 1) Vegetarian Tofu Dumplings 2) Crab and Tofu 3) Xiao Long Bao and 4) Tea Smoked Duck. I only tasted 3 out of 4 dishes in this round as well missing out on the Xiao dish.

Chef at Northern Delicacy

Chef Alan Yip at Northern Delicacy

Onward we moved walking a few blocks outside in the cold to the next restaurant Empire Chinese Cuisine (Gold award winner – Best Cantonese Dim Sum) at 8251 Alexandra Road. It was almost as if we were about to sit down for our first meal, though we all felt like we had already eaten a fair amount of food. The cuisine at this next restaurant was a different style, we began with 4 dishes and these were actually more items, on plate 1) Deep Fried Prawn paste on sugar cane and also the Deep Fried Taro Root Dumplings 2) Shrimp Dumpling and Pork Dumpling Hagau 3) Trotter. I passed up the Pork Dumplings and the Trotter. My favourite dishes from this round was the Deep Fried Prawn paste on sugar cane and also the Deep Fried Taro Root Dumplings both were absolutely delicious. With another round of hot tea and waters we digested for a little bit after taking in the bright surroundings and then ventured out walking to the next restaurant.

Deep Fried Prawn paste (outside ring) & Taro Root Dumplings (inside)

Deep Fried Prawn paste (outside ring) & Taro Root Dumplings (inside)

Shrimp Dumplings (outside ring)

Shrimp Dumplings (outside ring)

Our third and last restaurant of the night was to Northern Dynasty (Gold award winner – Best Fine Dining) at 1180 – 8391 Alexandra Road. At this point, I was surprisingly not full, probably because I had missed out on the pork dishes and paced my eating well throughout the previous restaurants. It appeared we were in for a real treat with the next round of dishes as this restaurant specializes in Crab. Here we were served a multitude of dishes that included 1) Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic 2) Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab with garlic and bread crumbs and some cucumber salad 3) Portugese Style Rice served In the crab shell 4) Hand Pulled Noodles in Crab Jus. After these main dishes we were also served a Choy Vegetable dish topped with ham. My favourite dishes and actually these were my favourite dishes of the evening went to the Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic and the Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab with garlic and bread crumbs both of these were so very good! Then to our surprise which we were not expecting they served us a few of their own desserts. First was the Agar and I had the Coconut, Lychee and Black Sesame all were good this then followed by a Pumpkin and Tapioca Dessert Soup which was hot and so tasty.

Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic

Alaskan King Crab with Roasted Garlic

Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab

Deep Fried Alaskan King Crab

Portugese Style Rice

Portugese Style Rice

Hand Pulled Noodles in Crab Jus.

Hand Pulled Noodles in Crab Jus.

Agar -- Coconut, Lychee and Black Sesame

Agar -- Coconut, Lychee and Black Sesame

Pumpkin and Tapioca Dessert Soup

Pumpkin and Tapioca Dessert Soup

Then there is dessert, I know what you are thinking didn’t I just have dessert. Well our planned desserts for the evening was delivered to us at Northern Dynasty by Micky Zhau who is the Executive Pastry Chef of St. Germain Bakery (Gold award winner – Best Bakery) and he presented each of us with our very own box of desserts, this was his own creation of desserts that included Macarons, Madelines, Cannoli and assorted cookies and a chocolate box covered with chocolate figurines, such a beautiful presentation. I wasn’t hungry neither were any of my counterparts and we all took this dessert to go.

Executive Pastry Chef - Mickey Zhao

Executive Pastry Chef - Mickey Zhao

More than 9,300 votes were cast in 15 award categories for the second annual HSBC Diners’ Choice Awards with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in each. The HSBC Diners’ Choice Awards are one of two components of the Edgewater Casino Chinese Restaurant Awards. The other is the Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards which will be announced at a gala event scheduled to take place following the 2010 Olympics. Good food, good taste and the art of dining well are very important topics in cuisine-crazy Metro Vancouver. Many of the winning restaurants are to be found in Richmond. In fact 56 percent of the winners come from Richmond with Alexandra Road being a hotbed of culinary excellence – six winners come from that one street! For true Chinese cuisine cognoscenti, Richmond is a Mecca for the best dining in Metro Vancouver.

This was quite the night and quite the feast. I was able to try many dishes that I have never eaten or heard of as well as visit such an array of winning restaurants for the very first time. I hope you have enjoyed the journey and hope that you will visit some or all of the above mentioned restaurants.

By: Richard Wolak

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