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Where to go for Dim Sum?

We went once and really enjoyed watching them clear the tables with the plastic tabble clothes. Fast and efficient!

Iona

Jan 04, 2012
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Fortune Closed

This was our introducton to higher quality dim sum back in the ninties. They had a dim sum sandwichboard out when we went past on a bus after a cruise. When we got to our car, we came back and had dim sum there. They weren't prepared for English only customers but we finally convincedd them that we could pick from the carts. Started our search for great dim sum in the Vancouver area!

Haven't been for a couple of years. Was planning on going next week when we'll be in Richmond for our January dim sum.

Iona

Jan 04, 2012
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Richmond Vacation Recommendations Needed

Now in Richmond. So far we've been to Manzo Itamae, Chen's, Tsim Chai Noodles, Suhang (twice), CXG, Shanghai River, Empire Chinese, and Garden City Hot Pot. This morning we're going to Northern Dynasty. Also to Aberdeen, Big Crazy, Thomas Haas (on Broadway), Granville Island, BC liquor stores for beer, and others. More details later.

May 11, 2010
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Richmond Vacation Recommendations Needed

Richmond to Surrey via Burnaby would not be an unusal route for us when we're after food, beer, & shopping (there's a needlework shop in Surrey that I like to go to).

We usually go to J & C because they open at 9, so people can get on their way but both Jade & Empire Chinese are on Alexandra where we are staying, so I'm going to check their hours. We've been to both and think they are excellant.

I know about Scott Jaeger and have had dinner at The Pear Tree. I actually liked the food better at The Pear Tree but we like the atmosphere at La Belle plus one of this group wants to take his daugher and son-in-law there. We've been to La Belle several times with this couple so the staff knows us. My husband and I may go to The Pear Tree one night when there is just the two of us.

I now have Suhang on my list. Thanks. Way too many possibilities for just a few days.

May 03, 2010
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Richmond Vacation Recommendations Needed

We have to make a trip to Surrey to go to Central City Brewing, so maybe lunch at Alvin Garden on our way. I'll also bring up Crystal Mall. I had both on one list, but have way too many places listed to keep track of them. Another I missed was Chen's which I haven't been too. I have been to Shanghai Wonderful and Top Shanghai.

And thanks for the grocery store mentions. I've only been in a couple of T&T's and Rice World; didn't know which others would be worth while.

May 02, 2010
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Richmond Vacation Recommendations Needed

I will be in staying in Richmond for 12 days on vacation. The first weekend we have friends joining us for several days. Two read Chinese and speak Mandarin so we plan on taking advantage of this. Alex is from Beijing and a trained chef though not working as such at this time. He is looking forward to trying the Sichuan food in Richmond/Vancouver. Here is what I have planned so far:

Chuen Xiang Ge - dinner Sat evening
Top Shanghai or Shanghai Wonderful - brunch Sun
Shanghai River - dinner Sun (I have reservations for this already, since it will be Mother's day)
S&W Pepper House, Richmond - brunch Mon
Nothing yet for Monday dinner
Northern Dynasty or Northern Delicacy - brunch Tues
La Belle Auberge - dinner Tues (have reservations)
Top Gun J & C - dim sum Wed (before they leave town)

I'm planning visits to Richmond Public Market, T & T store, Yoahan Centre, Rice World, Parker Center, and Aberdeen with them.

Which, on my list, are musts? Are there places I'm missing? Any recommendations will be appreciated.

This is the first visit to Richmond/Vancouver for the Mandarin speaking couple (her parents have been here many times with us). We want to make sure they enjoy their stay so we can take advantage of their reading ability on other furture visits!

Iona

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Shanghai River Restaurant
7831 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X1A4, CA

J & C Restaurant
8766 McKim Way, Richmond, BC V6X4G4, CA

Top Shanghai
8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond, BC V6X3K2, CA

Northern Dynasty
8391 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC V6X1C3, CA

May 02, 2010
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver Next Week

I always enjoy Ming Wo on Pender for kitchen ware. Great selection , neat store if you like old with narrow aisle, wood floor.

Iona

Apr 26, 2010
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver Next Week - - Appreciate Assistance with Itinerary

I would go to Shanghai River. When we're in the area we usually alternate Hong Kong and Shanghai styles. More variety. We're going to be up there next weekend (taking a cruise to Hawaii) and will get two mornings for dimsum so I have to pick one of each. Hard decision.

Iona

Sep 25, 2009
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver Next Week - - Appreciate Assistance with Itinerary

I think there are better choices than Sun Sui Wah in Richmond.

Red Star, 8298 Granville, Vancouver - actually not in Richmond but on the way from downtown to the border. Opens at 10A, excellant shrimp dumplings, shrimp balls, rice noodle rolls, bean curd wrapped shrimp , etc.

Gingeri , #323 Lansdown Centre, 5300 No 3 Rd, Richmond - go to the back of the shopping center away from No 3 to get to the closest entrance - very good Hong Kong style dimsum

Jade Seafood, 8511 Alexandra Rd, Richmone - big parking lot, great dim sum

Shiang Garden, Unit 2200 Empire Centrer, 4340 No 3 Rd,(actually on Hazelbridge),
Great dim sum, very elegant room

Or if you want to try non-Hong Kong style, my favorite is:

Shanghai River, #1100 7831 Westminister Hwy, Richmond - great XLB, fried wontons with shrimp, potstickers, sugar cakes, etc.

Have a great trip and enjoy Vancouver and all the great food there.

Iona

Sep 24, 2009
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver - Chinese Restaurant Award

The category I have the most knowledge about is dim sum. I would disagree about the 1st place winner, Sun Sui Wah (Main St). Kirin and Red Star as 2nd & 3rd are both better than Sun Sui Wah, IMHO. I'm not able figure out which branch of Kirin came in 2nd but I've been very pleased with the Richmond location. And I think a Northern Chinese restaurant could easily be in the top three (my choice Shanghai River).

Dec 02, 2008
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver - Chinese Restaurant Award

Diners' Choice Awards now listed:
http://chineserestaurantawards.com

Iona

Dec 02, 2008
Iona in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Richmond/Vancouver: dim sum (long)

Andrea-

I just got back last week from our most recent trip to Richmond/Vancouver for dim sum (and other food!). Here is my list of a few of my favorites:

J & C Restaurant, 8766 McKim Way (#2020 Excel Centre), Richmond, 604-231-8006 - opens at 9A with 30% discount until 11A -baked BBQ pork buns, shrimp paste in bean curd wrapo, shrimp rice noodle roll

Shiang Garden, 4540 NO 3 Rd (Unit 2200 Empire Centre) Richmond, 604-273-8858 - shrimp dumplings, siu mai, chicken buns, deep fried seafood salad rolls, ans a new one: BBQ pork in pastry with nuts

Red Star, 8298 Granville, Vancouver (just over the bridge from Richmond) - deep fried prawn balls, shrimp dumplings, scallop dumpling, deep fried meat dumplings (skin same as sesame balls), shrimp rolls - this was the first time we've tried this place and were very pleased with it

The ones listed above are Hong Kong style, ordering from a menu. Here is the two Shanghai ones we went to this time.

Shanghai River, 7831 Westminister Hwy, Richmond, 604-233-8885 - XLB (soup dumplings, pork dumplings, come 8 to an order), scallion pancakes, Shanghai pork wontons, shrimp dumplings (deep fried, wonton skin) - this is a real favorite ours - I always end with baked sugar cakes!

Top Shanghai, 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond - XLB, potstickers, onion pancakes, wonton in soup - this was our first time at this place. Harder to order; most of these items were listed in the menu under "noodles" and menu is big. Flavors are fantastic, my husband liked them better than Shanghai River's and the skins are thicker, more rustic.

Others I recommend are Jade & Empire which are both on Alexandra-, Fortune Restaurant on 42st and Cambie in Vancouver, Gingeri in Lansdown Centre, Richmond.. In Aberdeen Centre there is Fisherman's Terrace (Hong Kong Style) and Northern Delicacy (Shanghai)..

Hope this helps.

Iona

Sep 25, 2008
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Best Brunch In Portland

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Iona

Dec 20, 2007
Iona in Pacific Northwest

dim sum in Vancouver

They will be listed on the menu, no carts. Some places have pictures, others have areas where you can see them making various dumplings, etc.

Soup dumplings (xlb or xiao long bao) can be listed as small pork dumplings. Other items to look for are pot stickers, onion or scallion pancakes, and pan fried dumplings. If you go to Shanghai River, the have deep fried shrimp dumplings (very thin won ton skins) which are excellant. Also there they have baked sugar cakes which is a pastry filed with a sugar filling, crispy, very hot!, but, oh, so tasty.

Iona

Nov 07, 2007
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dim sum in Vancouver

Cantonese/Hong Kong dim sum is a morning/early afternoon meal. However Shanghai "dim sum" (snacks) are available all day. So you won't be able to find shrimp dumplings, sui mai, etc in the evening but you can find soup dumplings, pot stickers, etc at many Shanghai restaurants. And most tables will usually be having an order of the soup dumplings, so they are easy to spot.

My favorite Shanghai places in Richmond (where the airport is) are:

Shanghai River
7831 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
604-233-8885

Northern Delicacy
#2788 Aberdeen Centre (2nd floor, south end)
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
604-233-7050

Northern Dynasty
8391 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
604-303-1192

Enjoy.

Iona

Nov 06, 2007
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Soup buns in Vancouver BC

In May, we had xiao long bao at three places: Shanghai Wonderful, Northern Dynasty, and Shanghai River (which we've been to several times before). We liked Shanghai River's the best. They are small (8 to an order, 6 at the other places), thin skin, lots of soup and we've never received a broken one here. The xlb are served in the evening at Shanghair River; I assume that this this is true at the other locations also. We're from Portland, so after we driven to Vancouver and paying to stay, the price of the xlb is not a factor with us; we're looking for the best flavor.

We also can really recommend the pork hock at Shanghai River. Can't wait to have it again!

Iona

Sep 08, 2007
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McMinnville area Burger/Beer/Fish & Chips

We really like Golden Valley (just down the street from where you are staying). Their food is better than average. They raise their own beef, feeding it the spent grains from the brewery. It is very good! They also offer a nice sampler of their beers making it easy try everything they have.

Iona

Feb 21, 2007
Iona in Pacific Northwest

Four nights in Vancouver alone. Your dream restuarant tour of the city...

They open at 10A Saturday and Sunday only, no discount. Weekdays they open at 11A.

Menu is in Chinese and English. Be sure to order "dumplings with minced pork" (XLB's or soup dumplings) which come 8 to an order. When we were there last month they cost $5.80 an order.

Enjoy! Iona

Feb 15, 2007
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best happy hour (PDX)

It was the Feb issue, a list on pages 32-33.

Iona

Feb 14, 2007
Iona in Pacific Northwest

Four nights in Vancouver alone. Your dream restuarant tour of the city...

Dim sum in Richmond:

Richmond Mandarin at President Plaza/Radisson - opens at 8:30A with 20% discount until 11A

J & C Restaruant - 8766 McKim (off Garden City Rd) - opens at 9A with a 30% discount until 11A

Kirin Seafood Restaurant - 200-7900 Westminister - opens at 10A

All of the above are Hong Kong style, order from a menu.

If you want something different, try:

Shanghai River - 7831 Westminister Hwy - opens at 10A on Sat/Sun - has XLB, potstickers, scallion pancakes, other Northen Chinese "dim sum"

This would be my pick if I could only choose one. I can find okay Hong Kong/Cantonese style dim sum near my home, but not Shanghai.

Iona

Feb 09, 2007
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Kids dim sum vancouver

Sun Sui Wah
3888 Main St
Vancouver
604-872-8822

They have carts. I have been to Sun Sui Wah (Richmond branch) and they have lots of choices especially on the weekends. I will admit that I like going to the next level up in quality but then you have to order from a menu. I think your son would like to see the different items available.

Have fun!

Iona

Feb 06, 2007
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best happy hour (PDX)

PDXmagazine has a large list of HHs with hours and specials listed.

At www.pdxmagazine.com, there is a PDF file of the magazine. The HH listing is on pages 32 & 33.

Complimentary issues are available at select locations. I picked mine up at a Kaiser clinic.

Iona

Feb 05, 2007
Iona in Pacific Northwest

Three days in Vancouver....

It is the restaurant at the Radisson/President Plaza, but it's name is now Richmond Mandarin. Their dim sum is still excellant and the discount of 20% is from 8:30-11A.

Iona

Feb 01, 2007
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PDX: Weekday Breakfast

Petite Provence is now open on Division at 47th. They have a very nice breakfast menu including omelettes, hash, french toast, etc. There is seating in one half and the other half is the bakery with an countless pastries, muffins, scones, etc that will tempt anyone. And the service is friendly and good.

Iona

Sep 06, 2006
Iona in Pacific Northwest

Dim Sum in Richmond Mall

Fisherman's Terrace Seafood Restaurant on the third level is the biggest one, traditional dims sum from a menu, very busy, not the best service I've had in Richmond.

Northern Delicacy on the 2nd floor has xiao long bao (soup dumplings), potstickers, small plates of various kinds, a very extensive menu, very busy, and fairly good service. The seating is not the most comfortable (including backless stools) but we've certainly enjoyed our food there. Fun to watch them make soup dumplings, scallion pancakes, etc. in the glass front prep area.

Another place is Four Seasons Hot Pot Restaurant on the third floor. We have not tried it, but all the restaurants seem to have their menus in front of the entries so you can check out what they serve.

There is also a food court with various dumplings, buns, etc being offered. Plus on the first level is a Mondo Gelato in case you don't fill up on dim sum.

Across the street at the President Shopping Center (attached to the Radisson Hotel) is Richmond Mandarin Restaurant. We often eat dim sum there. Again it is menu, good service, small and quieter than Fisherman's, excellant special soup with very large dumpling.

Enjoy, and let us know where you finally go.

Iona

Sep 01, 2006
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Review of Vancouver Visit

Dim sum on McKim is probably J & C Restaurant (2nd level), one of our favorite places. We love those baked BBQ pork buns! We've never tried the single servings of tea. Looks like a challenge! They also offer a discount form 9-11AM.

Iona

Sep 01, 2006
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Richmond, BC: Shanghai River?

They have several tables that will fit your group (I had a group of 12 last January and we could have fitted in another 1 or 2). Their xiao long bao are excellant. Won tons and potstickers are very good. I've had dinner there once but there was only two of us. Not enough to try many things. I do know that they make their own noodles. You can watch them prepare noodles, XLB, etc from the dinning room. My husband and I tried the braised pork hock which I would love to have again but with more people. It was tender and extremely tasty but way too rich for two people!

Enjoy and let us know how what you have.

Iona

Aug 19, 2006
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richmond, bc: need one great restaurant with big crowd

There are many choices in Richmond that meet your requirements. Here is a few of my favorites:

Kirin Seafood, 200-7900 Westminister Hwy, 604-303-8833 ww.kirinrestaurant.com (web site has all locations listed)
A very elegant room, excellant service, lots of big tables with lazy-susans, extensive menu including live seafood.

Shanghai River, #110 7831 Westminister Hwy, 604-233-8885
Great XLB's, wontons, braised pork hock (excellant!), fairly large menu.

Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant, Unit 2200 Empire Centr, 4540 No 3 Road, (actualy on Hazelbridge!), 604-273-8858
Beautiful room (I'm told very Hong Kong like), large menu, great service, order carefully.

Here are three that I've only had dim sum at but have heard that they are excellant for dinner also:

J & C Restaurant, #2020 Excel Centre, 8766 McKim Way, 604-231-8006 A little tricky to locate, but worth the effort. Another plus for dinner is that they also have sushi to go along with the Chinese menu.

The Jade Seafood Restaurant, 8511 Alexandra Re, 604-249-0082

Northern Delicacy, #2788 Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, 604-233-7050 Very extensive menu, Northern style, spicy items

Any of these would work for large groups but I would strongly suggest making a reservation for a group of this size. If you want more information about any of these or others, I would be happy to share.

I've taken groups of 12 to each of these except Northern Delicacy but they do have larger tables available; they even have a private room that has a big table in it.

Iona

Jul 27, 2006
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Yet another Vancouver "breakfastish" question

Granville Island Public Market has several bakeries. We always have a hard time deciding which goodies to buy and munch on.

Iona

Jul 15, 2006
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