Vancouver does Chinese food well, but with literally hundreds of options in town, it can be difficult to know where to get the best meal. Sure, Yelp will help separate the best from the rest, but if you’re looking for a dish-specific recommendation, the Chinese Restaurant Awards may just have the answer you were looking for.
As part of the annual Chinese Restaurant Awards, the Diners’ Choice Awards honours the city’s best Chinese and Taiwanese restaurants after diners vote. An impressive 35,219 votes were cast by Vancouver eaters this year to determine the winners in categories like Best Peking Duck, Best Spring Rolls, Best Vegetarian Restaurant, Best Bakery Shop and more.
Here are some of the standouts from this year’s list of winners. (You can see the full list of winners here)
Best Peking Duck – Chang’an
The best peking duck, according to voters, can be found at Chang’an, the gorgeous waterfront restaurant at the base of the Granville St. Bridge in Vancouver. Named after the capital city in China, Chang’an prepares its peking duck the traditional way: over several days. So if you want to chow down on this celebratory feast, make sure you call and order at least 24 hours in advance.
Best Spring Rolls – Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Is there a more popular Chinese appetizer in Canada than the spring roll? Prince Seafood Restaurant‘s recipe for their deep-fried prawn spring rolls is practically art. They also offer a fried rice roll with a spring roll inside!
Best Fine-Dining Restaurant – Mott 32
The best fine-dining Chinese option in Vancouver is at Mott 32, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The unsavoury fact that you’ll have to enter a Trump Tower to get to it is worth it — the restaurant’s decor, service and menu are as authentic and luxurious as the restaurant’s sister locations in Hong Kong.
“We are delighted to be named Best Fine-Dining Restaurant at the 2018 Diners’ Choice Awards,” said Luis Pinho, the director of food and beverage at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver. “At Mott 32 Vancouver, we pride ourselves on integrating service excellence with traditional recipes prepared using innovative cooking techniques.”
Best Bakery Shop – Maxim’s Bakery
With multiple locations around Vancouver, Maxim’s Bakery is the go-to place to get traditional Chinese baked goods, like pineapple buns, pork buns or pineapple and pork buns, all with the change you just found in your coat pocket. They also do gorgeous cakes.
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Best Vegetarian Restaurant – Sun Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant
Vancouver is definitely a vegetarian and vegan-friendly city. Sun Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant spoils plant-based eaters fancying some Chinese flavours with exceptional dumplings, ramen, tofu dishes, hot pots and more. According to Kan Chau, the restaurant’s owner and operator, the business’ mission is to “promote a healthy and responsible diet, and most of all, a diet that causes no harm and pain to any living beings that have the capacity for suffering, enjoyment and happiness as much as we do.”
Best BBQ Shop – HK B.B.Q. Master
Located in the parking garage of a Canadian Superstore — we’re not kidding — this BBQ joint takes care of dinner for those who believe plants are for side dishes. Try the roast pork (siu yuk), a local favourite.
Best New Restaurant – Geng Shi Ji
Keeping up with the food scene in Vancouver can be exhausting, but if you visit just one newly-opened Chinese food spot this spring, make it Geng Shi Ji, which brought its delicious “Eastern style of gourmet” to Richmond last year.
Best Dim Sum Restaurant – Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant
Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant’s dim sum rose above the rest to earn the crown of best in the city, which is no small feat considering the competition. Their chefs work magic with mushrooms, putting together specialties like black truffle, pork and shrimp dumplings, and decadent, baked mushroom pastries. Their most Instagrammable item? This egg yolk bun, made with blackened squid ink and edible gold.