This sampling of Cambodian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian restaurants will give you some idea just how sophisticated Vancouver’s Asian palette is.
If you aren’t accustomed to authentic Asian food, then go for the most familiar items on the menu. If you like adventure, then ask for suggestions from the person who serves you or try some of the more exotic menu offerings.
4884 Victoria Drive
Cambodian dishes are what you get here, and they include Hai Nam Chicken with Rice, noodle dishes and curries.
820 West Broadway
3005 West Broadway
Good Malaysian food with inexpensive daily specials. The Denman location is small and busy so it’s a good idea to arrive early.
Great Korean barbecue right at your table.
Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine
3320 Kingsway #310 -604-433-7577
4530 W. 10th Avenue – 604-677-6981
8178 Granville Street – 778-371-8382
Some of the best Pho, Noodle dishes, Sandwiches and Lemon Grass chicken for under $10.
Inexpensive, plentiful, open 24 hours – Almost as famous for the number of old TV sets, all of them working and on, as they are for their food.
4127 Main Street
This hole in the wall serves tasty authentic Malaysian street food at great prices. Try the chicken curry or the Mee Rebus. Cash only.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
1690 Robson Street – 604-681-8121
Stocks made from scratch and cooked for two days. Depth of flavour without too much salt. Very popular with Japanese students and visitors – the place exudes a sense of authenticity.
Jang Mo Jib
and 1719 Robson
Korean family-style food with many different kinds of kimchi and excellent tofu.
Koon Bo Seafood Restaurant
Known for their roasted squab and shredded chicken salad, Koon Bo also has a nice BBQ duck. The service can be unpleasant.
Le Petit Saigon
2783 East Hasings Street
Good Pho and Lemongrass Chicken make this small restaurant worth a visit. The prices are reasonable as well
Penang Delight Cafe
3885 Rupert Street
This Malaysian restaurant makes its own noodles, and the Roti and Satay are worth a try. It isn’t as cheap as you’d expect, but it’s popular.
1613 Nanaimo St
Specializing in cuisine from Hue, Vietnam, Song Huong has good beef noodle soup and pho.
Thien Kim Vietnamese
2523 Nanaimo St
Also known as “Got Pho?”, this neighbourhood gem is consistent in quality, and shows care in preparation.
8369 Granville Street
Curries are fantastic, but then so is everything else. Very authentic, fresh, flavourful. We love this place. Very clean, very tasteful, not to mention tasty.
8435 Granville Street
On the way to and from the airport, this Japanese seafood deli and sushi bar makes up the menu day by day depending on available fish. They only sell wild fish and will create custom sushi based on catch of the day.
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
4250 Main Street
Good curries, noodle and rice dishes – open for lunch
244 E. Georgia St.
You may resist this restaurant for a couple of reasons. First it’s a Vietnamese and Cambodian restaurant right in the middle of Chinatown. So you may think you ought to eat Chinese when in Chinatown, but don’t let that keep you out of Phnom Penh if you want inexpensive, healthy, fresh soups and noodle and rice dishes.
You may also be put off by the exterior which doesn’t look that inviting. But be brave. Once inside, you’ll be surprised at the difference. The inside is comfortable, clean, peaceful and friendly, and more upscale than you could imagine from the outside.