Diners’ Choice Awards 2018
The 2018 Diners’ Choice Awards, proudly presented by Hong Kong Airlines #HKADinersChoice
The votes are in!
Congratulations to the 21 winners of the 2018 Diners’ Choice Awards, presented by Hong Kong Airlines! Salute to the outstanding nominees.
We received 35,219 votes received online here and on WeChat to help crafting the new Vancouver’s spotlight-worthy Chinese and Taiwanese dining guide. We appreciate all registrants’ participation during the nomination and voting period.
Winners will be invited to attend the 10th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards Ceremony at River Rock Show Theatre on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. For any inquiries, please contact the Awards.
Fly with Hong Kong Airlines
(Winners of the lucky draw: Wechat – Liu Ling and Instagram – @mushichowan) We added even more culinary excitement to this year’s Awards with the support from Hong Kong Airlines. All voters had a chance to win a memorable dining experience in Hong Kong / Vancouver and a pair of YVR-HKG economy class roundtrip air tickets.
[Online voters] the lucky winner will also win a dinner for two at a Michelin-star restaurant in Hong Kong. Follow us on Instagram @ChineseRestaurantAwards for more details and when you register, please enter your Instagram ID.
[WeChat voters] the lucky winner will also win a dinner for 10 at Vancouver’s “Best New Restaurant” of the 2018 Diners’ Choice Awards. Remember to share the voting news on your moment after completing your vote.
// read below for prizes’ details.
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. This year, we developed three-language versions for voters’ convenience. Voting on WeChat is another option, and opened on February 5, 2018 and ended on March 4, 2018.
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 Free Air Tickets must be booked for departure from Vancouver on or before December 10, 2018 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, March 6, 2018 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 Peking Duck
Peking duck is a dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is characterized by its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used. Wikipedia has more information of history of Peking Duck. Some modern Cantonese restaurants now also offer peking duck in the menu but the way of skin sliced to serve is different from Beijing-style.
Shanghainese Stir Fry Egg White
According to the Chinese Wikipedia, Empress Dowager Cixi (慈禧太后) was craving for crab one day. However, the palace in Beijing is far from the ocean and the royal chef didn’t have any fresh crabs to cook for the Empress. Instead, the chef improvised by using egg whites to imitate crab meat (such a brave and clever chef!) The Empress ended up loving this dish and the recipe was passed to different places including Shanghai, and it became very popular there.
Best Sichuan Mouthwatering Chicken
Kou Shui Ji is one of the signature Sichuan dishes. The word in Chinese means mouthwatering chicken. It is a cold appetizer made from boiled chicken, Huajiao and chili oil. It’s a very creative dish with a great attention to the texture and flavor balance of different ingredients. The chicken is soaked in ice water after boiling to give the skin a wonderful texture. The chili oil, the essential part of this dish requires a perfect balance of spiciness and savoriness. Toasted and crushed peanuts on the other hand add a crunchy texture while relieving the mouth burning spiciness of the dish.
Best Spring Rolls
Spring rolls of different shapes, sizes and fillings have been a popular snack in Asia for centuries. It is believed that spring rolls originated from China. They were a seasonal food consumed during the spring. They started as a pancake filled with the new season’s spring vegetables, a welcome change from the preserved foods of the long winter months. In Chinese cuisine, spring rolls are savoury rolls with cabbage and other vegetable fillings inside a thinly wrapped cylindrical pastry. They are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in mainland China, hence the name. Meat varieties, particularly pork, are also popular. In Hong Kong, Spring roll is a fried dish usually available as a dim sum. They typically contain minced pork, shredded carrot, bean sprouts and other vegetables served with a sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce.
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 Takeout Restaurant (under the Fantuan Delivery list of partner restaurants)
Van-Food 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 Van-Food’s list of partners. In this category, the vendors 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 29 to Feb 4, 2018
Voting: Feb 5 to Mar 4, 2018
Results announced: Monday, Mar 5, 2018, 10 AM Vancouver time