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One nice thing about the change in weather - claypot rice time! Jade does a nice cured meats / rice.

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The rice is all glossy with duck fat - delicous! I always ask for the crispy rice bits to be soaked with broth and served separately with green onions and cilantro.

I hear that SSW does a very nice version also - which is a good thing - because Jade's seasonal menu is completely in Chinese. Frustrating to order.

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One nice thing about the change in weather - claypot rice time!  Jade does a nice cured meats / rice.

The rice is all glossy with duck fat - delicous!  I always ask for the crispy rice bits to be soaked with broth and served separately with green onions and cilantro.

I hear that SSW does a very nice version also - which is a good thing - because Jade's seasonal menu is completely in Chinese.  Frustrating to order.

Wow - looks amazing Canucklehead! Is this the Jade Dynasty on Pender?

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Jade in Richmond...  everything seems to be in Richmond these days.  Bah!

I've been spending much more time in Richmond that usual these days. I'm amazed at the dining options - especially in the cheap and cheerful (and Asian) category. I'm seeing a stronger Taiwanese, and Mainland presence. I also see the izakaya craze spreading there - I've seen about four or so new izakaya - though I'm suspecting Chinese operated.

The new Skytrain will be the A-train to Eat Street (with stations at Aberdeen and at Richmond Center). As someone who was raised there (when it was all pretty much all farmland) - I'm finding it all very interesting.

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The new Skytrain will be the A-train to Eat Street (with stations at Aberdeen and at Richmond Center).

Fmed - I am so with you on that. When the Skytrain is done - there will be so much great Chinese food that will be so much more accessible. I live on the North Shore - and I hate the fact that I end up driving over three bridges to eat in Richmond.

I could list off the places that dot along three road - but I would it would be a ridiculously long long list.

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I could list off the places that dot along three road - but I would it would be a ridiculously long long list.

This calls for a Google Map, canucklehead to help the rest of us along! They are easy to setup: Create a google map

Here is my attempt so far: Vancouver Ethnic and Hole-in-the-wall Restaurant and Food Guide

Would love to see a Canada Line specific one!

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I could list off the places that dot along three road - but I would it would be a ridiculously long long list.

This calls for a Google Map, canucklehead to help the rest of us along! They are easy to setup: Create a google map

Here is my attempt so far: Vancouver Ethnic and Hole-in-the-wall Restaurant and Food Guide

Would love to see a Canada Line specific one!

This is a bit old and I may need to update it -

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=...a2131155ef6414e

I added "zones" to that one.

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Wow Vancouver - this is an amazing map! Tons of my favourites as well as quite a few I'm looking forward to trying. I had no idea there was a Japanese-run gelato place on Granville Island...

Will you take suggestions for additional restaurants? Congee Noodle House at Main @ Bway would be one of mine...

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Wow Vancouver - this is an amazing map! Tons of my favourites as well as quite a few I'm looking forward to trying. I had no idea there was a Japanese-run gelato place on Granville Island...

Will you take suggestions for additional restaurants? Congee Noodle House at Main @ Bway would be one of mine...

I recently went by Congee Noodle house, and they were closed with newspapers on the windows. Perhaps a renovation?

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Wow Vancouver - this is an amazing map! Tons of my favourites as well as quite a few I'm looking forward to trying. I had no idea there was a Japanese-run gelato place on Granville Island...

Will you take suggestions for additional restaurants? Congee Noodle House at Main @ Bway would be one of mine...

I recently went by Congee Noodle house, and they were closed with newspapers on the windows. Perhaps a renovation?

I was there the night before they closed. They've closed down till early December for renos....or at least that's what the sign said on the door.

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That really needs some reno's - plus a heavy duty power wash from top to bottom.

Agreed - I just hope the the prices don't increase too much after the renos....

Anyone know of a good alternative in the area? Peaceful is good but it's over near Cambie.

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That really needs some reno's - plus a heavy duty power wash from top to bottom.

Agreed - I just hope the the prices don't increase too much after the renos....

Anyone know of a good alternative in the area? Peaceful is good but it's over near Cambie.

There's Kwong Chow up Main and 16th, Legendary (near 25th), Long's (near 33rd). On If Kingsway is an option - Dai Tung, and a few others.

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Agreed - I just hope the the prices don't increase too much after the renos....

Anyone know of a good alternative in the area? Peaceful is good but it's over near Cambie.

There's Kwong Chow up Main and 16th, Legendary (near 25th), Long's (near 33rd). On If Kingsway is an option - Dai Tung, and a few others.

Thanks fmed - I haven't tried Kwong Chow before but I really liked Long's the couple of times I've been there.

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Hi everyone, I thought you might be interested in the diners choice portion of this. Come January they hope to have a definative list of where to get the best dishes in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver) as well as these diners choice categories.

From October 21st to November 30, the dining public will be invited to vote on line at To vote for diners choicefor their favourite restaurants under the following categories:

1. Best Dim Sum Restaurant

2. Best Cantonese Restaurant

3. Best Northern Chinese Restaurant

4. Best Hot Pot Restaurant

5. Best Taiwanese Restaurant / Bubble Tea Café

6. Best HK Style Café

7. Best Noodle Soup Restaurant

8. Best Congee Restaurant

9. Best Chinese Bakery Shop

10. Best BBQ Shop / Restaurant

CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS 2009

1st Annual Awards for Excellence in Chinese Cuisine

Critics’ Choice Awards – Best Signature Dish

Diners’ Choice Awards – Best Restaurants

Presented on Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Edgewater Casino, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC - October 21, 2008 Restaurant critics from around the globe have recognized Vancouver as the best city in the world, outside of China, to eat Chinese food. Publications from the New York Times to Gourmet Magazine, in their acknowledgment of the Asian dining scene, are quoted as saying Vancouver rivals even New York and San Francisco.

An esteemed panel of acknowledged experts in the cuisine of China were brought together to look at how best to acknowledge and rate the cuisine of Lower Mainland Chinese restaurants and it was decided that the awards would be given in the same way the Chinese community chooses a restaurant, by what to eat, rather than where to eat. The “Signature Dish”

Unlike other dining experiences, Chinese restaurants are rated on their cuisine, rather than décor and service. Whilst important, it is the cuisine of a restaurant that drives their popularity, more specifically a particular dish, or signature dish. Asian diners choose a certain restaurant for their fresh King Crab, their noodles, method of preparing fish, or in a wider category, the Dim Sum.

In a break from traditional restaurant awards, it was a list of the restaurants top dishes that was chosen as the starting off point, rather than a list of restaurants. Even this was a difficult choice. From the hundreds of famous dishes in the cuisine of China, 25 dishes were chosen and the search for a restaurant that best prepared this dish began.

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, winning Chinese restaurants will be invited to attend the first annual Chinese Restaurants Awards at Stadium Club in Edgewater Casino, fittingly located at the Plaza of Nations, in Vancouver. There, in an afternoon ceremony, the Critics’ Choice for the best of 25 dishes, “Signature Dish” will be handed out to the winning restaurants from throughout the Lower Mainland.

Also included in the awards will be the Diners’ Choice Awards, a category open to the general public. In recognition of the knowledgeable dining habits of all Vancouverites, this category, offered in both Chinese and English, will allow the dining public to share their valued opinion on the best locations for Chinese cuisine. With many non-Chinese growing up in Vancouver on Dim Sum lunches, family dinners in Chinese restaurants and favourite dishes, it was important to hear from all those who call Vancouver home. Starting October 21, the dining public will be invited to vote on line by registering at www.VoteDinersChoice.com. Ten members of the general public will also have a chance to win dinner for six at any one of the winning Diner’s Choice restaurants as well as 2 tickets to the awards ceremony in January. Winners will be announced on the website in mid December.

The Chinese restaurant industry and high quality of Chinese dining is a driving force in the BC tourism business. Vancouver’s success as a top destination of choice by Chinese travelers is greatly enhanced by its wide selection of high quality restaurants. By publishing a list of both critics’ choice and diners’ choice winners, the Chinese Restaurant Awards will also serve as a guide to locals and all visitors as where to find the best Chinese cuisine in the region.

The Judging Panel

We thank our esteemed panel of acknowledged experts in the cuisine of China that chose the categories. From there a smaller group was sent out to judge the specific dishes. They were:

Stephen Wong (Chairman of Judging Panel) - Cookbook author; Food journalist; Food and Beverage consultant

B.C. Lee – Vancouver Councilor

Conrad Leung – Department Head, Asian Culinary Program, Vancouver Community College

Bensan Li - CBC Radio Asian program host; Vice Chairman of Vancouver Film & Television

Lee Man - Food journalist, Vancouver Magazine

Iris Yim - Food Editor, Ming Pao Daily

Stephanie Yuen – Food Journalist; Chief Editor, Best Choice Food Magazine

The Criteria

Nominations were based on taste, presentation and creative use of key ingredients as well as the use of local and in season, ingredients. Restaurants were nominated in each of the 25 categories. One winner will be awarded in each category to receive “The Critics’ Choice Award – Signature Dish”

Signature Dishes

1. Crab

2. King Crab

3. Shrimp

4. Lobster

5. Cantonese/Hong Kong-style Dim Sum

6. Northern/Shanghai-style Dim Sum

7. Congee

8. Noodles & Rice

9. Chinese Dessert

10. Innovative Dish

11. Chinese Pastry

12. Barbecue

13. Soup

14. Fish

15. Geoduck

16. Scallops

17. Clam

18. Cold Appetizers

19. Pork

20. Beef

21. Lamb/goat/mutton

22. Chicken

23. Duck

24. Squab

25. Vegetarian

Diner’s Choice Awards

From October 21st to November 30, the dining public will be invited to vote on line at www.VoteDinersChoice.com for their favourite restaurants under the following categories:

1. Best Dim Sum Restaurant

2. Best Cantonese Restaurant

3. Best Northern Chinese Restaurant

4. Best Hot Pot Restaurant

5. Best Taiwanese Restaurant / Bubble Tea Café

6. Best HK Style Café

7. Best Noodle Soup Restaurant

8. Best Congee Restaurant

9. Best Chinese Bakery Shop

10. Best BBQ Shop / Restaurant

Award presentation of the Diner’s Choice Awards will also take place on January 15, 2009.

Edgewater Casino CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS 2009: SPONSORS

Title Sponsor: Edgewater Casino

Premium Sponsors: MCL Motor Cars - Bentley & MCL Motor Cars– Porsche, Chivas Regal Scotch, Tiger Beer

Media Sponsors: CBC Television; CBC Radio One; Ming Pao Daily News

Trade Sponsors: AMR Distributors’ Camilla Tea Oil; Aroma Tea House; BC Seafood Alliance; Island Scallops Ltd.; Pagoda Brand Xiaoxing Rice Wine; Stile Wines; Guo Jiao 1573

SUPPORTED BY: TOURISM VANCOUVER

OFFICIAL CRA 2009 “SIGNATURE DISH” MAGAZINE: MingPao Friday Gourmet Supplement

Chinese Restaurant Awards (CRA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of food & marketing professionals. The goals are to recognize and promote Chinese culinary arts and culture and acknowledge the skill of local Chinese restaurateurs and chefs. Chinese Restaurant Awards highlights, rewards and celebrates the best of Chinese dining in the Lower Mainland.

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Contact:

Western Media: East West Communications - Cate Simpson - 604-730-9626 cell 604-220-6566 simpsoncpr@telus.net

Chinese Media: A Mindfuse Marketing & Consulting Agency - Rae Kung – 778-829-6244 rae@justanotherreason.net

CRA website: www.ChineseRestaurantAwards.com

Diners’ Choice voting site: www.VoteDinersChoice.com

Cate Simpson

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And here's some of the winners, in this case the critics' choices of the 25 signature dishes listed above, but there's tons of other information - including pictures of the signature dishes - on the website: Chinese Restaurant Awards 2009:

Crab

Ken's Chinese Restaurant

Golden Dungeness Crab with Spiced Salt

King Crab

Excelsior Restaurant

Live King Crab in Four Courses

Shrimp

Koon Bo Restaurant,

Sauteed Spot Prawns with Soya Sauce

Lobster

Shang Garden

Lobster in Two Courses

Northern/Shanghai-style Dim Sum

Lin Chinese Cuisine and TeaHouse,

Shanghai Style Juicy Dumplings

Cantonese/ Hong Kong-style Dim Sum

Shun Feng Seafood Restaurant,

Steamed Rice Roll with Pork Liver

Congee

Mak's Noodle Restaurant,

Pork Liver and Meatball Congee

Noodles & Rice

Tsim Chai Noodles,

Beef Tendon & Wonton Noodle Soup

Barbecue

Parker Fresh Meat & B.B.Q.,

Roast Pork

Innovative Dish

Loon's Noodle House,

Crispy Rice with Salted Egg Yolk

Vegetarian

Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant,

Taro Hot Pot

Cold Appetizer

Shanghai River,

Jellied Pork

Chinese Dessert

Yan's Garden Restaurant,

Golden Pumpkin with Honeyed Walnut

Chinese Pastry

New Town Bakery & Restaurant,

Apple Tart

Soup

Wonton King,

Wine Chicken Soup

Fish

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant,

Steamed Live Sablefish in Bamboo Steamers

Geoduck

Jade Dynasty Restaurant

Sauteed Geoduck with Mixed Vegetables

Scallop

Jade Dynasty Restaurant

Scallop-stuffed Zegua

Clam

VIP's Kitchen

Grilled Clams

Pork

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

Roast Suckling Pig

Beef

Flamingo Restaurant

Sauteed Beef with Chinese Long Bread

Lamb

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

Lamb Hot Pot

Chicken

Jade Seafood Restaurant

Clay-pot Chicken

Duck

Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant

Stuffed Duck

Squab

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Roast Squab

Cheers,

Anne

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Northern/Shanghai-style Dim Sum

Lin Chinese Cuisine and TeaHouse,

Shanghai Style Juicy Dumplings

That's about the only winner I would agree with.

Did the judges taste these dishes themselves or were just voting based on the contenders' reputation? In almost all categories I have tasted better dishes elsewhere.

And since when is geoduck and scallops one and the same?

Even the Diners' Choice Award portion seems to have suffered from ballot-stuffing.

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I have a friend from Beijing who's looking for an upscale Chinese restaurant with solid food in the Vancouver area. Unfortunately, while I have an extensive list of hole-in-the-wall Chinese places, I know exactly ZERO upscale places (Hey, I'm a student...)

I doesn't have to be expensive food, just good food in a stylish restaurant with good service. I was thinking of Imperial downtown, but my sources say that the food's not that great anymore. I don't get out to Richmond that often, but I expect that's where this kind of restaurant would be.

Anyone have any ideas? Even better would be restaurants that serve Beijing cuisine.

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He was a wise man who invented beer." - Plato

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Northern/Shanghai-style Dim Sum

Lin Chinese Cuisine and TeaHouse,

Shanghai Style Juicy Dumplings

That's about the only winner I would agree with.

Did the judges taste these dishes themselves or were just voting based on the contenders' reputation? In almost all categories I have tasted better dishes elsewhere.

And since when is geoduck and scallops one and the same?

Even the Diners' Choice Award portion seems to have suffered from ballot-stuffing.

Out of curiosity - which dim sum would you recommend over Shun Feng? I really liked them the one time I was there.

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I have a friend from Beijing who's looking for an upscale Chinese restaurant with solid food in the Vancouver area. Unfortunately, while I have an extensive list of hole-in-the-wall Chinese places, I know exactly ZERO upscale places (Hey, I'm a student...)

I doesn't have to be expensive food, just good food in a stylish restaurant with good service. I was thinking of Imperial downtown, but my sources say that the food's not that great anymore. I don't get out to Richmond that often, but I expect that's where this kind of restaurant would be.

Anyone have any ideas? Even better would be restaurants that serve Beijing cuisine.

In Richmond: Sea Harbour, Shanghai River, Kirin and Sun Sui Wah are solid choices. Shanghai River looks the fanciest of the lot IMO.

I would love to find a place that does Beijing Imperial Cuisine here (eg Tan Jia). I don't know of any, personally.

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      It sometimes seems likes every town in China has its own special take on noodles. Here in Liuzhou, Guangxi the local dish is Luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn).
       
      It is a dish of rice noodles served in a very spicy stock made from the local river snails and pig bones which are stewed for hours with black cardamom, fennel seed, dried tangerine peel, cassia bark, cloves, pepper, bay leaf, licorice root, sand ginger, and star anise. Various pickled vegetables, dried tofu skin, fresh green vegetables, peanuts and loads of chilli are then usually added. Few restaurants ever reveal their precise recipe, so this is tentative. Luosifen is only really eaten in small restaurants and roadside stalls. I've never heard of anyone making it at home.
       
      In order to promote tourism to the city, the local government organised a food festival featuring an event named "10,000 people eat luosifen together." (In Chinese 10,000 often just means "many".)
       
      10,000 people (or a lot of people anyway) gathered at Liuzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the grand Liuzhou luosifen eat-in. Well, they gathered in front of the centre – the actual centre is a bleak, unfinished, deserted shell of a building. I disguised myself as a noodle and joined them. 10,001.
       

       
      The vast majority of the 10,000 were students from the local colleges who patiently and happily lined up to be seated. Hey, mix students and free food – of course they are happy.
       

       
      Each table was equipped with a basket containing bottled water, a thermos flask of hot water, paper bowls, tissues etc. And most importantly, a bunch of Luosifen caps. These read “万人同品螺蛳粉” which means “10,000 people together enjoy luosifen”
       

       
      Yep, that is the soup pot! 15 meters in diameter and holding eleven tons of stock. Full of snails and pork bones, spices etc. Chefs delicately added ingredients to achieve the precise, subtle taste required.
       

       
      Noodles were distributed, soup added and dried ingredients incorporated then there was the sound of 10,000 people slurping.
       

      Surrounding the luosifen eating area were several stalls selling different goodies. Lamb kebabs (羊肉串) seemed most popular, but there was all sorts of food. Here are few of the delights on offer.
       

      Whole roast lamb or roast chicken
       

      Lamb Kebabs
       

      Kebab spice mix – Cumin, chilli powder, salt and MSG
       

      Kebab stall
       

      Crab
       

      Different crab
       

      Sweet sticky rice balls
       

      Things on sticks
       

      Grilled scorpions
       

      Pig bones and bits
       

      Snails
       
      And much more.
       
      To be honest, it wasn’t the best luosifen I’ve ever eaten, but it was wasn’t the worst. Especially when you consider the number they were catering for. But it was a lot of fun. Which was the point.
       
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