Many local food lovers believe that Vancouver has the best Chinese food in all of North America, better than San Francisco and New York. With over 500 Chinese restaurants to choose from in the greater Vancouver region, there is something for everyone. You can decide for yourself by comparing some of these excellent restaurants to your favorites back home.
With some of the Chinese restaurants listed, you might have to drive, or take a taxi, to get to them. Others are in or near downtown. Remember, however, that you can often tell the intended clientele by the address. Out of the way restaurants rely on local, repeat customers and are, often, more reliable and authentic.
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle Restaurant
1560 Marine Drive
The critics choice award for the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards was for the Championship Beef Shank with Noodle in Spicy Soup. This West Vancouver restaurant is clean, and the service is attentive. The food is carefully prepared and tasty.
Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive
There are lots of fresh choices at this Vancouver hot pot restaurant, and it’s “all you can eat”. This place is popular so make reservations. It costs around $20 per person.
Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant
705 West Broadway
Fantastic dumplings, especially the Shanghai dumplings, Peking duck , honey garlic spareribs and Szechuan beef.
Golden Swan Restaurant
5380 Victoria Drive
The Stewed Alberta Ox-tail with Red Wine was the winner here at the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards. The other dishes get mixed reviews from diners.
8191 Westminster Highway
This small family owned restaurant has specialized dishes that vary with the season. The Pork Belly with Pickled Vegetable and Soy Beans and the Daliang Fried Milk were winners at the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards.
Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant
355 Burrard St.
James On Hastings
2683 East Hastings Street
The Dry Fried Curry Dungeness Crab won a Gold award for this year’s Chinese Restaurant Awards. The Hainan Chicken is a hit as well.
1172 Alberni Street
201 City Square, 555 West 12th Avenue
7900 Westminster Highway (at No. 3 Road)
Go here for the dim sum and the seafood. Service can be hit or miss.
5682 Fraser Street
The Shredded Chicken salad is a favourite as well as the Roasted Squab, which should be ordered ahead of time.
Landmark Hot Pot House
4023 Cambie Street
For the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards, the stir fried glutinous rice won a Gold Award with distinction. The Tea Smoked duck, the Flash Wok Fried BC Geoduck and the Steamed Ginger Milk also won awards.
Parker Place Meats & BBQ Ltd
4380 No 3 Road
This tiny place has possibly the best roasted crispy pork and barbecued pork in Metro Vancouver. Be prepared for lines.
630 Davie Street
532 West Broadway
Specializing in northern Chinese cuisine with home-made noodles, Peaceful Restaurant also offers dim sum, hot pots and tapas.
Shanghai Xin Hua Lou
4136 Main Street
This place has the best dumplings in town along with good Northern style dim sum.
#220 4540 #3 Road
The Dongpo Style Braised Alberta Pork with Amoy Sauce won a critics choice award in the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards. Another award was presented for the Fried Lobster with Green Onions and Amoy Premium Soy Sauce.
So Che (Shanghai) Restaurant
1170, 8391 Alexandra Road
Josephine Lo, a reader from Richmond, says, “very authentic, traditional Shanghai cuisine”
Sun Sui Wah
3888 Main Street
#102 4940 No 3 Road,
Step inside and you’ll think you’ve gone to Hong Kong. The food is beautiful to see and to eat, and the king crab and roasted squab are exquisite. This huge restaurant is run like a perfectly tuned machine. The wait staff is cordial, efficient and knowledgeable.
2808 Commercial Dr.
This place has the best green beans in town along with excellent Szechuan noodles, fried bread and good tofu dishes.
Victoria Chinese Restaurant
1088 Melville St.