Diners’ Choice Awards 2020 : Winners! Vancouver

Eat well. Sleep Well. Presented by Airland Mattress Canada, 2020 Diners’ Choice Awards reveals Vancouver’s best of the best with 34,917 votes in 24 categories, resulting in a new dining guide for next 365 days crafted by dining public, highlighting trends in Chinese and Taiwanese dining.

This year, four iconic regional dishes Best Steamed/Baked BBQ Pork Bun, Best Sichuan Spicy Grill Fish, Best Lamb Skewer, and Best Brown Sugar Milk were added to raise the public’s interest in finding the restaurant that excels in making a signature dish. Each new category was decided based on the dish’s reputation as being popular or as a staple dish in a particular region in China and Taiwan or containing an outstanding local ingredient for Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine.

Winners of the 2020 Diners’ Choice Awards will be invited to attend the 12th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards Ceremony at the Vancouver Club. The date and time will be determined according to government regulations on social gatherings. For any inquiries, please contact the Awards.

2020 has been a challenging year, especially for Vancouver Chinese and Taiwanese restaurants that saw a dramatic decline in business since the end of January. Outstanding Chinese food has been an integral part of the Vancouver lifestyle. The Chinese Restaurant Awards encourage diners to continue to explore and support all restaurants to get through this uncertain time.

Online nomination dates: Monday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 8th
Online and WeChat Voting: March 9, 2020 to Sunday, June 28
Results announced: Monday, June 29 – 10AM PST

Due to the pandemic, this year’s voting period has been extended to the best day for announcing the result and supporting the industry.

PRESS RELEASE – June 29, 2020

Prizes for lucky voters: An Airland Canada signature mattress and a trip to New York! Plus taste at the “Best New Restaurant”.

Winners First Prize: (Instagram) @Jayykei (WeChat) Jessica Jiang
Winners Second Prize: (Instagram) cheche_che (WeChat) Sydney

Please read below tab for the prize details, terms and conditions.

In recognition of the dining habits of all Vancouverites, the Diners’ Choice Awards have been created for the public to share their valued opinion on the best locations for Taiwanese and regional Chinese cuisine. The platform encourages diners to experiment and celebrate Metro Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene. The diners’ phenomenal support of the Awards is proven by the seven-fold increase of the number of votes over those received in the first year of the awards. The results are an indicator of today’s most popular dining establishments, providing valuable information to consumers and industry professionals.

The Awards have partnered with Vancouver’s top food take-out service provider Fantuan Delivery and its Fantuan Dianping restaurant review once again to create a WeChat voting engine. Since 2018, we have developed the voting engine with English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese for voters. Voting on WeChat is another option and has the same voting timeline as on this page. All duplicated voting entry by email address will be deleted.

Lucky Draw Entry Method –
[Online voters] Follow us on Instagram @ChineseRestaurantAwards for more giveaway action announcement and when you register online, remember to enter your Instagram ID.
[WeChat voters] Share the voting news on your moment when you finish voting. It’s how you can automatically enter the draw.
 
Airland Mattress – Queen size mattress
GST is excluded in the prize.
Air Ticket
Taxes*, gratuities, personal expenses & insurance are excluded in the prizes. Winner is solely responsible for obtaining their own travel document (i.e. passport or travel visa) in advance of departure date.
*Taxes for a pair of the economy class air tickets will cost around CAD 200.
The Air Tickets must be booked for departure from Vancouver on or before December 10, 2021 and subject to blackout period.
All components of the prize must be taken together and accepted as awarded. NO SUBSTITUTION OF PRIZE IS PERMITTED EXCEPT BY CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION. CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE ANY PORTION OF PRIZE WITH ANOTHER PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE. PRIZES ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE AND ARE NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH OR CREDIT, IN WHOLE OR IN PART.
The lucky draw winners will be announced on Monday, June 29, and will be contacted by email.

New Iconic Dish Categories
Each year, the new dish categories of the Diners’ Choice Awards are selected based on the popularity of a dish or its recognition as an iconic dish in the regions of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Best Sichuan Spicy Grill Fish
In terms of combining a variety of cooking methods, such as marinating, grilling, and stewing, the Sichuan Spicy Grill Fish exemplifies traditional Sichuan Chongqing cuisine and the modern hotpot concept.
Best Steamed/Baked BBQ Pork Bun
While some people may remember BBQ Pork Bun as the must-have dim sum item since childhood, others may recall an upbeat Cantonese pop song of the same name. Whether it is steamed or baked, BBQ Pork Bun is, indeed, an iconic Cantonese dish that combines the sweet and smokey flavour of Cantonese barbecue with the velvety soft texture of the bun.
Best Lamb Skewer
When it comes to exotic flavours, the Lamb Skewer is one of the best candidates. Originated as a Xinjiang street food staple, its popularity has proliferated to major cities in China, in which Beijing and Shanghai now have their own versions of the Lamb Skewer. An aficionado would understand that the secret to the best Lamb Skewer isn’t just about the marinate; grilling them with charcoal to perfection is the key.
Best Brown Sugar Milk
While Taiwanese bubble tea has conquered almost every major cities around the world, Brown Sugar Pearl Milk is a great contender to continue the mission. Vancouverirtes’ affection for Brown Sugar Pearl Milk is shown by the number of international specialty chains that have landed in the past year, as well as local shops’ venture in creating their own versions. Magic happens when sizzling-hot caramelized brown sugar is poured into fresh milk and reinvents the taste of bubble tea.
 
Categories: Presented by Fantuan Delivery and Review
Best Vanfood’s Takeout Restaurant (under the Fantuan Delivery list of partner restaurants)
Fantuan Delivery is Metro Vancouver’s most popular Chinese food-delivery app on WeChat, a cross-platform instant messaging service in Simplified Chinese – and soon in English. Diners are invited to vote for their overall favourites on Fantuan Delivery’s list of servicing partners. In this category, the servicing partners are challenged to serve quality takeout food that tastes as good as the dine-in equivalent.
Most Popular on Fantuan Review
Fantuan Review is the rising-star of restaurant review platform on WeChat network. The winner will be selected based on the number of reviews (popularity) it will receive by the last day of voting.

Each registrant who nominates and/or votes must have a valid email address. After nominating and/or voting, you will receive an email from the Awards to verify your email address. The Awards reserves the right to withdraw any invalid email address, nomination, and vote from the system.
Online Nomination: March 2 – March 8, 2020 (20 most nominated of each category will be the final nominee list of the category)
Online and WeChat Voting: March 9, 2020 to Sunday, June 28
Results announced: Monday, June 29
Due to the pandemic, this year’s voting period has been extended for the best day to announce the result.


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