I’ve heard that there’s great Chinese food to be had in Vancouver. Where should I go to find the real thing?
While there is plenty of great Asian food in Vancouver, to go to the mecca, head south to Richmond, just a short ride on the new Canada Line rapid transit line.
With a population that’s 65 per cent Asian, Richmond has the highest concentration of people of Asian descent in Canada. And in Richmond, the highest concentration of restaurants can be found on one street: Alexandra Road.
Here, in a three-block stretch, you’ll find an astounding 200 restaurants. No wonder it’s called "Food Street."
"I would say just come down Alexandra Road and you won’t be disappointed," says Stacey Chyau, who grew up in Taiwan but now lives in Richmond.
But where to begin ? Here are three spots to get you started:
– Jade Seafood Restaurant: This large restaurant won the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Award for the best Cantonese dim sum and is popular with multi-generational families. Don’t miss the Sautéed Sliced Lotus Roots ($6.69) or the award-winning Steamed Mushroom Dumplings ($4.88).
8511 Alexandra Rd.
– Cattle Café: This small café attracts the young, hip crowd for its Hong-Kong-style Chinese comfort food. You’ll find everything from Barbecued Eel Sandwiches with Fries ($5.75) to Prawns in Creamy Corn Bacon Demi-Glaze with Spaghetti ($8.95).
1020-8580 Alexandra Rd.
– Well Tea Taiwanese Restaurant: In addition to 150 kinds of bubble tea, this attractive spot serves snacks and a Chicken with Three Spices dish that captured the Golden Chef Award at the Chinese Restaurant Awards.
4811 Hazelbridge Way (at the corner of Alexandra Road).