So yes, this is another "I'm going to Vancouver B.C. on a trip sometime this year and I need food advice" post. This one, however, is less a request for suggestions (although those are certainly welcome) than an open question for any and all: what's the scoop on Vancouver's Chinatown?
Let me give you some short back story.
Down here in Portland, the popular opinion is that we have neither good nor authentic Chinese food. People here talk in hushed, reverential tones about Vancouver, about how big its Chinatown is, and how much great Chinese food can be had there.
Over the course of my trawling for information on Chinese eats in Vancouver, however, most of the places that get recommended seem to be located outside of Vancouver's Chinatown, and instead are in places like Richmond.
So what's the deal? Are there any good Chinese places in Chinatown? Is it just a touristy shopping area with mediocre Westernized Chinese food like I can get here at the local Chop Suey house?
I want to experience Chinatown, and leave for home looking over my shoulder wishing I had three more days, a bigger stomach, and a lot more money to spend there. Is this possible, or is this a fantasy that only an outsider / first time visitor can have? What's the *real* story here?