My recent trip to Vancouver was my best eating vacation yet. We finally got to spend some time in the Asian food paradise that is Richmond.
We started our trip at the Yaohan center mall. One of the best food courts Ive ever been to. The place is a cross-section of street foods from all around asia. We had some excellent Hukkan Steamed Chicken with rice at Golden Rice Bowl. It was served cold with a pile of delicious anise scented beans, sweet and saltyginger/ scallion sauce, andbroccoli. Thick roasted squid legs with pepper and celery were Sweet and smokey.
My favorite item was from Taiyaiki, an Asian food market in the mall. They had an assortment of Japanese fish shaped molded pastries. They were beautifully hand trimmed and came stuffed with both sweet and savory fillings. I enjoyed a tuna salad filled one and another sweet one with red bean paste. Other nut fillings were also available.
"Buddhist food." This vegetarian place had Excellent mock duck sold by the sheet. Long sheets of tender fried bean curd layered and stuffed with mushrooms. It looked like a long apple streudel but the flavor was so saltfully addictive.
Very good taro bubble tea at dessert company though not as good as the ones at Ricco café that I mentioned earlier.
Dim Sum at Fook Yuen Palace was amazing. The freshest dumplings Ive ever had. Everything arrived tender, and overstuffed with vegetables and meat. Nothing was excessively lardy as I often have trouble with. The highlights included the sesame studded fried pork buns, the soy sauce rice sheets( think fried white rice rolls and rice noodle threads piled high in a bowl and topped with scallions, dried fish, and covered in a dark smokey soy sauce.) The dessert of steamed buns filled with black sesame paste was also killer, forget about oreos, this is my new favorite black and white dessert. The best Dim Sum Ive had anywhere.