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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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Bamboo Grove

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Deep Fried Chicken with Shrimp Paste: A celebatory dish of house made shrimp paste layered over juicy chicken - deep fried to a wonderful crisp.

Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant 金百樂海鮮酒家

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Sesame Egg Tart: Darkly elegant egg tart, with a slightly bitter sesame edge and a smooth as silk texture.

Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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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.

Shiang Garden Restaurant

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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.

Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen

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Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon: Warming and deeply beefy but with a lovely citrus perfume to give lift and vigor.

Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

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Spike Sea Cucumber Soaked in Vinegar: Sea cucumber perfectly braised with yielding texture dressed with a dark vinegar dressing providing sophisticated brightness.

Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine

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Perilla Basil Leaf Rolls: Crisp tofu skin wrapped around basil which provides a jolt of herbal freshness. Highly addictive.
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.

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 皇朝海鮮酒家

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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.

Bamboo Grove

Deep Fried Chicken with Shrimp Paste: A celebatory dish of house made shrimp paste layered over juicy chicken - deep fried to a wonderful crisp.

Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant 金百樂海鮮酒家

Sesame Egg Tart: Darkly elegant egg tart, with a slightly bitter sesame edge and a smooth as silk texture.

Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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.

Shiang Garden Restaurant

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.

Lai Leung Kee Delicatessen

Braised Beef Brisket and Tendon: Warming and deeply beefy but with a lovely citrus perfume to give lift and vigor.

Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

Spike Sea Cucumber Soaked in Vinegar: Sea cucumber perfectly braised with yielding texture dressed with a dark vinegar dressing providing sophisticated brightness.

Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine

Perilla Basil Leaf Rolls: Crisp tofu skin wrapped around basil which provides a jolt of herbal freshness. Highly addictive.

Ningtu

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.

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 皇朝海鮮酒家

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.