Press Release

Record Turnout Adds Excitement to the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards

January 6, 2013

(Vancouver, B.C.) Bringing Metro Vancouver’s Chinese food lovers together with one dining guide, the 5th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards has announced the winners of 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards. This year, 34,273 votes were cast over a period of eight weeks with an average increase of 34%—the largest turnout in the history of Diners’ Choice Awards.

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Celebrating Metro Vancouver’s Chinese culinary landscape, the Awards embraces local food enthusiasts’ growing knowledge and understanding of Chinese cuisine. The extended eight-week voting period in 2013 was implemented to encourage diners to further explore the city’s food scene by nominating and voting for their favourite restaurants. As a result, five new dishes were added to the categories to reflect the public’s interest in finding the restaurant that excels in making a signature dish.  

In Best Taiwanese Beef Noodle, diners selected Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle as the winner. The legendary beef noodle house made its debut in Metro Vancouver after fourteen years of operation in Taiwan and winning three championships in the Taipei International Beef Noodle Festival. It was also a winner for one of the 2012 Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards.

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant has been recognized as the outstanding winner of Best B.C Dungeness Crab Dish. Its varied and original approach to preparing crab is loved by many. Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant wins the Best Pan-fried Shanghinese Bun for its commitment to authenticity in making this iconic regional delicacy. For the remaining two new categories, Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant takes home the title of Best Stir-fried Prawns with Eggs and Mui Garden wins the title of Best Salt-and-Pepper Pork Lion. Both dishes seem easy to prepare but are Cantonese classics that showcase a chef’s deft and skill.

The remaining thirteen categories continue to show the depth of the Chinese culinary community. Highlights include Richmond’s BBQ Master, which has won the award of Best BBQ Shop for five consecutive years. Their roasted BBQ Cha Siu and BBQ Pork Belly sell out regularly and attract discerning shoppers from all over Metro Vancouver. Deer Garden Signatures reigns supreme in the Best Hong-Kong Style Café category with its famous rice noodle in fish soup, the kind of comfort food that warms your heart on a rainy day. Crystal Mall’s Xiang Yuan Qiao Bridge Rice Noodle, is a first time winner for Best Food Court Stall, offers a wide selection of Yunnan-style noodle soup dishes at unbeatable prices, a true hidden gem in Burnaby.

All of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards winners will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on February 26, 2013 in the Show Theatre at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. The most anticipated Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards will also be announced on the same day. The complete 2013 dining guide will assist diners in navigating and learning more about the diverse and creative Chinese culinary culture in Metro Vancouver.

 

2013 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners

Best:       *new awards for this year

1.              Taiwanese Beef Noodle*
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
102-3313 Shrum Lane, Vancouver (604) 228-8765
2800-4151 Hazelbridge Way (Aberdeen Centre), Richmond (604) 295-9357
1560 Marine Drive, West Vancouver (778) 279-8822
 
2.              B.C. Dungeness Crab Dish*
Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
3888 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8822
102-4920 No.3 Rd, Richmond  (604) 273-8208
 
3.              Pan-fried Shanghainese Bun*
Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant
120-8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond (604) 278-8790

4.              Stir-fried Prawns with Eggs*
Ho Yuen Kee Restaurant
6236 Fraser St, Vancouver (604) 324-8855
 
5.              Salt & Pepper Pork Loin*
Mui Garden
5960 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604) 303-7977
4327 North Rd, Burnaby (604) 421-8838
5797 Victoria Dr, Vancouver (604) 324-3665
4265 Main St, Vancouver (604) 872-8232

6.              Fine Dining Restaurant
Kirin Restaurants
1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver (604-682-8833)
2/F, 555 W. 12th Avenue, Vancouver (604-879-8038)
350 Gifford Street, New Westminster (604-528-8833)

200 Three West Centre, 7900 Westminster Hwy, Richmond (604-303-8833)

 
7.              Dim Sum Restaurant*
Fisherman's Terrace Seafood Restaurant
3580-4151 Hazelbridge Way  Richmond (604) 303-9739

8.              Northern Chinese Restaurant
Sha Lin Noodle House
656 West Broadway, Vancouver (604) 873-1618

9.              Shanghainese Restaurant
Shanghai River Restaurant
110-7831 Westminster Highway  Richmond (604) 233-8885

10.           Szechuan / Hunan Restaurant
Bushuair Restaurant
121-4600 No 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 285-3668

11.           Taiwanese Restaurant/BBT Café
Pearl Castle
1128-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604-270-3939)
1782-6060 Minoru Blvd, Richmond (604-279-0177)

12.           Hot Pot Restaurant
Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver (604-568-6630)

13.           Congee and Noodle Restaurant
Congee Noodle King
3313 Kingsway, Vancouver (604) 435-6670
 
14.           Vegetarian Restaurant
3G Vegetarian Restaurant
3424 Cambie Street, Vancouver (604) 568-9008
 
15.           Hong Kong-Style Café
Deer Garden Signatures
2015-8580 Alexandra Road  Richmond (604) 278-9229
#1118-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond (604) 278-3779
6270 Fraser St., Vancouver (604) 322-6116

16.           Bakery Shop
Kam Do Bakery
1120-8391 Alexandra Road  Richmond (604) 231-9216
130-6211 No.3 Rd, Richmond, BC (604) 231-9216

17.           BBQ Shop
HK B.B.Q. Master

145-4651 No. 3 Road, Richmond (604-272-6568)

18.           Food Court Stall
Xiang Yuan Qiao Bridge Rice Noodle, Crystal Mall
2128 - 4500 Kingsway (Crystal Mall), Burnaby (778) 317-5530

 

The Chinese Restaurant Awards wishes to thank the following sponsors who help to make these awards possible: Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, FortisBC, River Rock Casino Resort, Hennessy Cognac, Heineken, Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Underwater Harvesters’ Association, Amoy Food limited, Anchor Foods International Limited, CityTV, OMNI BC, Richmond Review, Westender, New Home Living, Foodspotting, Atherethere.com, AX3Battery.com, Westca.com, City365.ca and Vandiary.com
For more information on the Chinese Restaurant Awards: www.ChineseRestaurantAwards.com
Recommend dishes to the judging panel: critics@ChineseRestaurantAwards.com
Chinese Restaurant Awards’ Facebook page & Twitter @CRADiningGuide


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