Our chowmongrel family will be making an exploratory trip to Vancouver in early spring (looking to possibly buy a condo as a retirement hedge). We'd appreciate any suggestions for Chinese restaurants, especially in Richmond Town Centre and downtown/Chinatown areas. We'll feel impelled to check out anything remotely Shanghainese, but also love Cantonese and other regional cuisines done well. Affordability is a must, we're not looking for a "Lai Wah Heen", just the kinds of places that grow on one and become "standbys".
We'll also be interested in checking out food markets, not only for fresh produce and meats, but for hard to find provisions, like frozen "kaofu" and "bayi".