Hello fellow 'hounds. Mr Taster here, formerly of the Los Angeles boards, and recently moved to Portland.
I spend a *lot* of time eating my way through LA's Chinese San Gabriel Valley, which as you may know is a treasure trove of regional Chinese cooking. Fair to excellent representations of Chinese cooking styles abound... Shanghai (even as specific as Wuxi), Beijing, Guangzhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Shandong, Hunan, Henan, Chiu Chow, even Xinjiang, are all represented by not just one but multiple restaurants in the region.
For years now, I've heard about the legendary Chinese cooking of Vancouver, and I'm finally making a visit.
Now, I understand that Vancouver (and specifically Richmond) are focused less on the diversity of cooking like that found in SGV, and that it's more focused on very high quality Cantonese cooking that really isn't matched by anything in Los Angeles. Is that true? If so, which Cantonese restaurants would you recommend, and specifically what dishes would you recommend? If you can direct me to any links, food weeklies, etc. or names of food writers who have a breadth of experience and specialize in Vancouver's Chinese food scene, I'd be most grateful.
Additionally, I really would love to hear about any additional Chinese restaurants that you find exceptional, along with your reasons why you feel this way and recommended dishes. I hope to keep this thread as a go-to archive for future visits, so don't worry if you've got too many recommendations. They won't go to waste.
One last request is that we'd definitely be looking for a place serving great breakfast-- youtiao, doujiang, fantuan, all of that would be wonderful. Again, we're only looking for the highest grade Chinese cookery that Vancouver has to offer.
Thanks everyone in advance. I really look forward to reading your replies.