Diners’ Choice Awards 2019
Presented by China Eastern Airlines, in celebration of their 15th anniversary of Vancouver service, the 11th annual Diners’ Choice Awards mark a new beginning with a revitalized vision to encourage public engagement in curating the Chinese and Taiwanese dining scene in Vancouver. The Diners’ Choice Awards is destined to fulfill the delicious wishes of foodies all across Metro Vancouver, with a total of 23 awards, including 3 iconic regional dishes (Cantonese-style Crispy Chicken, Sichuan Chili Oil Wonton, and Tofu Pudding), the new categories for Best Dessert Restaurant and Vanpeople’s Most Voted Restaurant.
Online Nomination: Jan 21 to Jan 27, 2019 (20 most nominated of each category will be the final nominee list of that category)
Online and WeChat Voting: Jan 28 to Feb 24, 2019
Results announced: Monday, Feb 25, 10 AM PT
Winners will be invited to attend the 11th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards Ceremony at River Rock Show Theatre in April. For any inquiries, please contact the Awards.
Win a trip to explore China and Asia with China Eastern Airlines.
And, indulge in style at River Rock Casino Resort.
Two lucky voters will each win a pair of China Eastern Airlines’ economy class round-trip air tickets to Shanghai, relax before or after the trip with one-night accommodation at River Rock Casino Resort and a dinner for two at the “Best New Restaurant”. Winners of the prizes will be announced on Tuesday, Feb 25.
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// read below for more details of the prizes.
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 Chinese 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 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 opened on Jan 28, 2019 and ended on Feb 24, 2019. All duplicated voting entry by email address will be deleted.
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, 2019 and subject to blackout period.
The Hotel Accommodation must be booked on or before December 10, 2019 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 Tuesday, February 26, 2019 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.
Cantonese-style Crispy Chicken
Crispy fried chicken is a standard dish in the Cantonese cuisine of southern China and Hong Kong. The chicken is fried in such a way that the skin is extremely crunchy, but the white meat is relatively soft. Traditionally this dish is eaten at night. It is also one of the traditional chicken dishes used in Chinese weddings and other Asian weddings.
Sichuan Chilli Oil Wonton
Wontons in chili oil is an authentic Sichuan street food that’s delicious and on every menu of Sichuan restaurants and even at Shanghainese restaurants. Sichuan people call wonton as Chao Shou. In Chinese, it’s also known as Hong You Chao Shou. When literally translated, Chao Shou means “crossed arms”. Back in the ancient time, Sichuan people like to eat Hong You Chao Shou in the winter. And the weather is cold, so people would cross their arms during the cold weather. And if you think about it, it’s also how the two lower corners of the wontons are folded over one another. Today, people use other forms of wontons to make the dish as well.
Tofu or doufu is thought to have originated in ancient China during the Western Han Dynasty. Chinese people have developed and enriched the recipes for tofu dishes on the basis of their own tastes, such as mapo tofu, stinky tofu, pickled tofu, steamed tofu and uncongealed tofu pudding, etc. In northern China, douhua is often eaten with soy sauce, thus resulting in a savory flavor. Northern Chinese often refer to douhua as doufunao. Douhua in Sichuan is often made without any sugar at all, then served by carrying pole or bicycle vendors with a number of condiments such as chili oil, soy sauce, Sichuan pepper, scallions, and nuts, and is sometimes eaten along with white rice as well. In Cantonese cuisine, daufufa is served with sweet ginger or clear syrup, and sometimes as a mixture with black bean paste, and sometimes also with coconut milk. In Taiwanese cuisine, douhua is served with sweet toppings like cooked peanuts, adzuki beans, cooked oatmeal, tapioca, mung beans, and a syrup flavored with ginger or almond.
New General Categories
Best Dessert Restaurant
Seeing the growth of Chinese and Taiwanese dessert restaurants is the reason of this category to return after years. Thanks to the restaurateurs who have been trying to bring in Asia’s well known brands or they invent their recipes for the dining public to enjoy anytime, any hour.
Vanpeople’s Most Voted Restaurant
Presented by Vanpeople.com, one of the most influenctial online media/communities in Chinese, The Most Voted Restaurant Award will go to one restaurant which will be voted the most overall (counted in one category comparing with the winners of the other categories).
Categories: Presented by Fantuan Delivery
Best New Restaurant
In this category, diners are encouraged to nominate and vote for a new restaurant that has been open for less than a year. Your participation will help stimulate the Chinese restaurant scene in Metro Vancouver, making it more exciting than ever.
Best Fantuan 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 nominate and 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.
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.
Nominations: Jan 21 to Jan 27, 2019
Voting: Jan 28 to Feb 24, 2019
Results announced: Monday, Feb 25, 2019, 10 AM Vancouver time