Feasting on pre-Hong Kong Handover Chinese Food on Fraser Street

Eating the same dishes Chinese-Canadians commonly enjoyed in Vancouver long before the British relinquished sovereignty of Hong Kong.

The Old School European Restaurant That Will Hopefully Never Change

The service here is old-school: attentive, unobtrusive and professional, and no one gives a shit about how your first few bites taste.

Never Heard Of It

In a Richmond Strip Mall, Seeking Out “Explosion Pulp Chicken”

Fernando Medrano takes the "Never Heard of It" column on a mission to satisfy some genuine curiosity.

Never Heard Of It

The Awesome Chinese BBQ Joint Hidden in an Underground Parking Lot

Some of the best Chinese BBQ in Canada is made at the rightly-named HK BBQ Master under the Superstore in Richmond.

Feast on a Filipino Speciality at New West’s Cheap and Cheerful Hideaway, ‘Epic Grill Silogs’

Fernando Medrano takes us to an outwardly unassuming Filipino eatery where the speciality comes in many delicious guises.

Never Heard of Yaas Grill House? Here’s Why You Should Check It Out

The delicious amalgam that is Persian cuisine is affordably represented at this unassuming North Shore eatery.

Vancouver Would Be Cooler If It Had More Public Bake Ovens

Toronto has more than a dozen public bake ovens but Vancouver has just the one. What do we have to do to get more?

East Van’s Little ‘Joojak’ Makes the Awesome Xi’an Burger You’ve Been Waiting For

Joojak's hearty, complex and aromatic Xi'an dishes might just help you through Vancouver's long descent into the wet of winter.

Lining Up for the Delicious Funk of Richmond’s ‘Too Two Sauerkraut Fish’

The “Sauerkraut” is their special housemade pickled mustard greens. These lend the fish soup its characteristic funk and tartness.

Never Heard Of It

Cleaning Up A Filipino ‘Boodle Fight’ Out At Surrey’s Grandt Kitchen

Just when you thought they were done and it was time to eat, they bring out one more dish.

The Delicate Shroom & Pork Crepes At Kingsway’s ‘Thanh Xuan Cafe’

I’m always on the look-out for these little shops that specialize in one amazing thing, and this is one of my all-time favourite finds.

Making Short Work Of ‘Grilled Fish’ At Li’s China Grill In Collingwood

Order a few appetizers, some beer and some dried plum juice (the kind you order with hot pot); some skewers (“chuan’r”) and finally one or two orders of grilled fish.

Loving Smoked Meat & Poutine At Estrella’s Montreal Deli In Langley

Pair it with a Cherry Coke, Montreal-made kosher pickles and one of their very good poutines (made with Fraser Valley cheese curds) for complete the authenticity picture.

The Fried Chicken And ‘Pho Ga Don’ Combo At My Chau On Kingsway

I tend to believe that this eatery and many others like it could only work in such a setting. With apologies to the great urbanist Jane Jacobs: “good food needs old buildings”.

Exploring The Goodness Of Guizhou At Collingwood’s ‘Yummy Mammy’

The eatery is run by gregarious chef-owner Lisa Yu. If prodded, she'll give you a lesson in the basics of Guizhou cuisine. (You can even ask her to make you her favourite dish which is not on the menu - pickled chicken gizzards - but you’ll have to pre-order it.)

Surrey’s Street Food-Inspired ‘Apna Chaat House’ Is Strip Mall Gold

The menu is extensive. Try not to be intimidated. Even if you are with a group, it will be tough to make a significant dent. Place your order at the front, take the plastic number card and sit at a table.