I recently spent some time in Vancouver and had a chance to try a few places and thought I would pass along my impressions.
My first stop was at Famous House Chinese Cusine in Richmond, formerly Fook Yuen. This was my first time there since the ownership change. I was a fan of Fook Yuen so I'll admit that my expectations were high. Peter Chan was working there and explained to me he was one of the few original staff left. We ordered Pea Tip with BBQ Pork in Rice Flour Rolls. It was delicious and flavorful with fresh tasting pea tips. It was probably the best dish. Next we had Pan Fried Lotus Cake with XO Sauce. It was tasty, but the cakes seemed more like rice mochi than lotus and made the dish very heavy. The Tobiko and Scallop Dumpling was quite good. We ordered Deep Fried Taro. The Taro was filled with a curried pork, something I do not remember from Fook Yuen. It was okay but I found myself wishing for the Deep Fried Taro of old. Lastly we had Shark Fin Dumpling In Soup. This was one of my favorite at Fook Yuen and unfortunately it did not live up to what I remember. Again it was fine, but lacked the fantastic broth and subtle flavors of the Fook Yuen version. Perhaps it is a case of new owners, new taste. I am hoping that I merely experienced an off day, so I will go back and try again. I look forward to other peoples reports.
East is East 3209 West Broadway @ Balaclava serves healthy middle eastern style wraps and such. We tried the vegetarian dumplings which were very good. I had lamb wrapped in roti which was excellent. The lentil soup it came with was also quite good. For dessert I had a Heavenly Hash milkshake: mango, pistachio and rosewater blended with ice cream. It was one of the best milkshakes I've had in quite some time. Prices are fairly reasonable. The decor is eastern with the requisite music playing fairly loud. Service was excellent. I will go back here.
Hawkers Delight Deli 4127 Main Street is a Singaporean and Malaysian restaurant. It is not fancy and you order at the till. The menu consists of big pictures on the wall with names and prices. But the food is great and the prices are excellent as well. The Chicken satay is great, served with a nice peanut sauce. I really enjoyed the Lamb Curry and Rice. Spicy, tender and flavorful. Laksa, a noodle soup in a spicy coconut broth was also quite good. My friend and I left nicely fed for around $12 dollars for the both of us.
Across the street from Hawker's is Sweet Revenge
4160 Main Street. A little dessert place that looked like a grandmother's dream tea room. A nice selection of teas, coffees and desserts. We shared a pot of Rooibos tea and I had the signature dessert, Sweet Revenge, a nice torte like cake covered in a chocolate ganache. My friend had some exotically named dessert which escapes me but consisted of several layers of cake which she loved. A nice place to sit and relax with excellent desserts.
The Falfel House on Granville at Smithe makes a fantasitic Chicken Shawarma Sandwich wrapped in pita. I try to get here everytime I'm in Vancouver. Their falafel and shawrma plates are great too and prices are very reasonable. Again order at the counter. A great place to get a quick bite downtown.
Max's Bakery & Delicatessen 3105 Oak Street @ 16th is one of my favorite delis. A huge variety of foods. Great baking. We ordered a bunch of food: Lamb Mousaka, Cheese Blintz, Meat Knish, Grilled Vegtables and Eggplant Dip and shared it all. All very tasty. The Mango Silk Cake is well worth having. Something for everyone here.
Bo Kong 3068 Main Street is a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. I generally scorn all things vegetarian, but some friends insisted I try it and I did enjoy the food. Deep fried Taro, Pea tips, Singaporean Fried noodle and Tofu skin with black bean were all suprisingly good. While it would not be my first choice for Chinese, when dining with vegetarian friends it is a nice option.
I look forward to my next trip to Vancouver. I really appreciate the efforts of others who post to this board. Thank you for sharing your culinary adventures and allowing me to experince excellent food.
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