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CRA 2014: the 10 Must-Try Critics' Choice Dishes in Metro Vancouver

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 The Critics' Choice Signature Dishes were announced at the 6th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards this week at a ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel. After 180 days of tasting and testing, the critics' panel announced ten must-try dishes across the Metro Vancouver area. From high level dining to food court fare the critics' list covers it all. This year a new award category of Canadian Food Product of the Year was created, the inaugural winner is Northern Divine Caviar with its certified organic sustainable caviar produced from Fraser River White Sturgeon in BC's Sunshine Coast. We asked judge Lee Man, regular contributor to Urban Diner and Van Mag Awards Judge to talk us through the ten best dishes.
· Chinese Restaurant Awards [Official Site]
· Where to eat in Richmond [EVAN]


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bamboo Grove

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6920 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
BC V6Y 2C5, Canada
(604) 278-9585
Deep Fried Chicken with Shrimp Paste: A celebatory dish of house made shrimp paste layered over juicy chicken - deep fried to a wonderful crisp.

2. Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant 金百樂海鮮酒家

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8071 Park Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada
Sesame Egg Tart: Darkly elegant egg tart, with a slightly bitter sesame edge and a smooth as silk texture.

3. Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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8171 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
BC, Canada
(604) 276-9229
Alaska King Crab - Three Ways: Care and attention is the key here - each preparation (steamed with ginger and green onion, stir fried with first draw soy, and noodles tossed in the shell) focused on bringing natural sweet lusciouness to the fore.

4. Shiang Garden Restaurant

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4540 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
BC V6X 4E4, Canada
(604) 273-8858
Fortune Fish: Fresh Fish with Special Rice Noodles: Steamed fish - dressed wth sweet soy, served over bouyant rice noodles to absorb all the fantastic flavors.

5. Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen

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#1360 - 4540 No.3 Road, Richmond
BC V6X 4E4, Canada
(604) 247-8893
Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon: Warming and deeply beefy but with a lovely citrus perfume to give lift and vigor.

6. Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

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4600 Number 3 Road, Richmond
BC V6X, Canada
604) 279-0083
Spike Sea Cucumber Soaked in Vinegar: Sea cucumber perfectly braised with yielding texture dressed with a dark vinegar dressing providing sophisticated brightness.

7. Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine

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4200 Number 3 Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada
Perilla Basil Leaf Rolls: Crisp tofu skin wrapped around basil which provides a jolt of herbal freshness. Highly addictive.

8. Ningtu

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2130 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5N 2T5, Canada
(604) 438-6669
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Casserole with Soup, Tofu Stuffed with Meat, Cabbage and Vermicelli: A traditional Shanghai dish - warming and comforting, it's also known as "Family Luck" in reference to the family gathered around for an auspicious meal.

9. Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 皇朝海鮮酒家

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108-777 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z, Canada
(604) 876-8388
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Geoduck - Two Ways (Deep Fried Geoduck quenelles and Sliced Geoduck Deep Fried with Basil): Diced geoduck clam folded into shrimp paste and thinly sliced geoduck clam layered with basil leaves - both deep fried till golden and crispy.
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Hand-Shredded Chicken with Bamboo Cane: Lightly smoked chicken tossed with aromatics and served with roasted sugar cane which acts like a sweet palate cleanser.

1. Bamboo Grove

6920 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C5, Canada
Deep Fried Chicken with Shrimp Paste: A celebatory dish of house made shrimp paste layered over juicy chicken - deep fried to a wonderful crisp.
6920 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
BC V6Y 2C5, Canada

2. Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant 金百樂海鮮酒家

8071 Park Rd, Richmond, BC, Canada
Sesame Egg Tart: Darkly elegant egg tart, with a slightly bitter sesame edge and a smooth as silk texture.
8071 Park Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada

3. Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant

8171 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC, Canada
Alaska King Crab - Three Ways: Care and attention is the key here - each preparation (steamed with ginger and green onion, stir fried with first draw soy, and noodles tossed in the shell) focused on bringing natural sweet lusciouness to the fore.
8171 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
BC, Canada

4. Shiang Garden Restaurant

4540 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, BC V6X 4E4, Canada
Fortune Fish: Fresh Fish with Special Rice Noodles: Steamed fish - dressed wth sweet soy, served over bouyant rice noodles to absorb all the fantastic flavors.
4540 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
BC V6X 4E4, Canada

5. Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen

#1360 - 4540 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 4E4, Canada
Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon: Warming and deeply beefy but with a lovely citrus perfume to give lift and vigor.
#1360 - 4540 No.3 Road, Richmond
BC V6X 4E4, Canada

6. Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

4600 Number 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X, Canada
Spike Sea Cucumber Soaked in Vinegar: Sea cucumber perfectly braised with yielding texture dressed with a dark vinegar dressing providing sophisticated brightness.
4600 Number 3 Road, Richmond
BC V6X, Canada

7. Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine

4200 Number 3 Rd, Richmond, BC, Canada
Perilla Basil Leaf Rolls: Crisp tofu skin wrapped around basil which provides a jolt of herbal freshness. Highly addictive.
4200 Number 3 Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada

8. Ningtu

2130 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T5, Canada
Casserole with Soup, Tofu Stuffed with Meat, Cabbage and Vermicelli: A traditional Shanghai dish - warming and comforting, it's also known as "Family Luck" in reference to the family gathered around for an auspicious meal.
2130 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5N 2T5, Canada

9. Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 皇朝海鮮酒家

108-777 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z, Canada
Geoduck - Two Ways (Deep Fried Geoduck quenelles and Sliced Geoduck Deep Fried with Basil): Diced geoduck clam folded into shrimp paste and thinly sliced geoduck clam layered with basil leaves - both deep fried till golden and crispy.
AND
Hand-Shredded Chicken with Bamboo Cane: Lightly smoked chicken tossed with aromatics and served with roasted sugar cane which acts like a sweet palate cleanser.
108-777 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z, Canada