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Dare You Eat Vancouver's Top 20 Bad-Ass Meaty Delights?

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Think you're pretty daring when you eat a chicken liver parfait? Or do you claim bragging rights for chowing down that one time on a slice of beef tongue which appeared on a particularly adventurous charcuterie board? Please.
If you want real bragging rights, try a bowl of snake soup followed by a portion of duck chin and rectum calamari. Turns out Vancouver is bursting with extreme cuts of meat - if you only knew where to look. So we asked Fernando Medrano of Wisemonkeys and Christina Tsang of Food: It is More to compile a map of the city's most bad-ass meaty delights. Dive in... If you dare.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

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871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada
(604) 608-1677
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Basashi: Thinly sliced raw horse meat sashimi. Sweet, beef-like flavour. A taboo for the horsey set. [Image via Japantoday.com]

2. Guu Garden

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M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H2, Canada
(604) 899-0855
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Gyu Tongue Chazuke: This unusual cut of beef is extremely, um, beefy in taste. One might not even realize anything is out of the ordinary except for a slight chewiness. The setup for this dish is very cute with a tiny teapot filled with soup for you to pour over the rice, which is served along with the grilled beef tongue.

3. Wildebeest

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120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada
(604) 687-6880
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Grilled Veal Tongue & Roasted Veal Sweetbreads: For a non-Asian and more European approach to unusual cuts, Wildebeest is one of the few who dare to have offal on their menu. Pair with one of Josh Pape's dynamite cocktail creations to add necessary Dutch courage.

4. Campagnolo Roma

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2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V3, Canada
(604) 569-0456
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"Quinto Quarto" Dinners: Italian for "the Fifth Quarter" alluding to the delicious parts of the animal that shouldn't go to waste, Campagnolo Roma's "Quinto Quarto" dinner is nine courses of offal - beef tongue, duck gizzard, calf liver, and other assorted meats. Look for these special dinners as tickets sell out fast.

5. Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant at the Grand Villa Casino

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4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada
(604) 432-6002
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Snake Soup: Snake is usually served in late fall and winter at most high-end Chinese restaurant since the Chinese believe it has a medicinal property to help warm the body. Traditionally served in a thicker soup, the snake meat is shredded and ends up looking -and tasting- like chicken. Also keep an eye out for other snake dishes such as snake stew served in a clay pot (a.k.a. snake hot pot but not the kind from Landmark Hot Pot House) on the specials menu. However, since it’s a seasonal item, it is best to call ahead to make sure the restaurant is serving snake for the season.

6. Alvin Garden

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4850 Imperial St, Burnaby
BC, Canada
(604) 437-0828
Fire Exploded Kidneys: Head to Burnaby for this Sichuan classic - cross-hatch sliced kidneys fried with spicy chilis in a very hot wok. 

7. S & W Pepper House

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1812-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby
BC, Canada
Pork Bung AKA "Rectum Calamari": stewed in a fiery hot chili oil. Not for the faint of heart; spicy and deep with, um, a porky flavour that kicks you in the ass. 

8. Rose Garden

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3415 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5R 5L3, Canada
(604) 451-8738
Pan Fried Duck Chin in Maggie Soy Sauce: Ducks have chins? It is the lower part of the duck’s bill that’s attached to the neck that’s being served so I guess that’s a chin. This dish is found on the dinner & late night menu; it’s mostly bone with just a small amount of meat - a lot of work for little pay off, kind of like chicken feet at dim sum. But you do get to suck on the spicy sauce.

9. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

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150 - 8888 River Rd, Richmond
BC V6X 0E1, Canada
(604) 232-0816
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Roasted Squab: Squab served at Chinese restaurants is actually young domesticated pigeon. With its crispy skin and juicy meat, roasted squab looks like a mini-chicken but its meat is more similar to duck. If this seems tame, one can increase the “fear factor” quotient by sucking on the roasted squab head, which is traditionally served as a garnish. [Image via Veronica/Flickr]

10. Hou Lok Restaurant

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115 - 8231 Cambie Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada
(604) 279-8896
Chicken Balls: Not your father's Chicken Balls. These are not the deepfried sweet and sour take-out classic. These are actually testicles served hot-pot style with sides of other assorted meats and vegetables.

11. Pinpin Restaurant

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6113 Fraser St, Vancouver
BC V5W 2Z9, Canada
(604) 322-3086
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Sizzling Sisig: Sisig looks like plain ground pork served with onions on a sizzling hot plate but it’s actually comprised of cuts from the pig’s head (cheek, jowl, ear etc). That‘s right, you are enjoying sizzling pig face when you are eating sisig. This dish from the Philippines is rumored to come about when locals were able to obtain pig heads very cheaply from the U.S. air base in Angeles City since the Americans wanted no part of eating of it.

12. Landmark Hot Pot House 春秋火鍋

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4023 Cambie St., Vancouver
BC V5Z 2X9‎, Canada
(604) 872-2868
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Pig Uteri & Other Pig Offal: Yes, uteri is the plural form of uterus and a special item on Landmark’s hotpot menu. If uterus is just Too Much Weird, then one can instead go for pig stomach & pepper soup as their hotpot base, and try pig’s skin, kidney and liver instead. What? That's not weirder, is it? [Image via Alpha/Flickr]

13. Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House

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3163 Main St., Vancouver
BC V5T 3G7, Canada
(604) 876-8520
Duck Tongue: Did you know duck tongue has bones? You would think that they could do more than just quack with that kind of articulation. Simmered in a soy sauce and rice wine braise until tender so the meat and cartilage separate easily from the bones, the tongues become little ducky flavour bombs in your mouth. Don't worry about being discreet as you spit the bones out onto a side plate hopefully stripped clean of all the meat. [Image via watchfreeks.com]

14. Congee Noodle House 粥麵館

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141 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1W1, Canada
(604) 879-8221
Ostrich Congee: Congee Noodle House's popular 'da lang' (late night menu) is a treasure trove of interesting small unusual dishes. The Ostrich Congee consists of thickly sliced ostrich breast meat (tasting of a cross between chicken and beef) in a bowl of creamy congee. Order it with some Chinese donuts for dipping. [Image via Yelp]

15. Chicha

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136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada
(604) 620-3963
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Corazon Antichuchos: Corazon is beef heart and this cut of meat is considered a poor man’s steak. Corazon is one of the most popular types of antichuhos (meat kebab) in Peru. Much like beef tongue, it has a strong beefy flavour in comparison to a regular cut of beef and only the texture may give it away as an unusual cut.

16. Les Faux Bourgeois

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663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5T 2R6, Canada
(604) 873-9733
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Salade De Gesiers: The French enjoy offal too and what’s more French than confit? This salad features Confit duck gizzards. [Image via Amy Ross/Flickr]

17. Peaceful Restaurant 和平饭店

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532 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z 1E9, Canada
(604) 879-9878
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Beef Tendon Salad: Sichuan cuisine is known for its array of cold meat dishes that start every grand meal. Thinly sliced beef tendons -which provide more texture than flavour - become a carrier for a chili-oil and cilantro dressing.  [Image via YVRBro/Flickr]

18. The Farmer’s Apprentice

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1529 W 6th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1R1, Canada
(604) 620-2070
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Sweetbreads Served With Toasted Oats: one of chef David Gunawan's stellar creations, sweetbreads (thymus or pancreas) teamed with oats.

19. Al Watan Tandoori

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6804 Fraser St., Vancouver
BC, Canada
Brain Masala (Maghaz Masala): Al-Watan is a little Pakistani hole-in-the-wall in Fraser Street's diverse South Hill neighbourhood. This classic dish is made by stewing lamb brain in spicy masala sauce until soft like scrambled eggs. Order it with rice and naan. [Image via Leon Brocard/Flickr]

20. Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

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823 Denman St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2L7, Canada
(604) 685-1136
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Chicken Liver, Gizzard & Heart Yakitori & Deep Fried Chicken Gizzard: Japanese meat on a stick is great way to try chicken offal unadulterated. If the yakitori is too scary, the deep fried chicken gizzard is another way to go. These crispy nuggets will more or less look and taste like a Japanese version of the popular mainstream popcorn chicken.

1. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
Basashi: Thinly sliced raw horse meat sashimi. Sweet, beef-like flavour. A taboo for the horsey set. [Image via Japantoday.com]
871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada

2. Guu Garden

M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2, Canada
Gyu Tongue Chazuke: This unusual cut of beef is extremely, um, beefy in taste. One might not even realize anything is out of the ordinary except for a slight chewiness. The setup for this dish is very cute with a tiny teapot filled with soup for you to pour over the rice, which is served along with the grilled beef tongue.
M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H2, Canada

3. Wildebeest

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
Grilled Veal Tongue & Roasted Veal Sweetbreads: For a non-Asian and more European approach to unusual cuts, Wildebeest is one of the few who dare to have offal on their menu. Pair with one of Josh Pape's dynamite cocktail creations to add necessary Dutch courage.
120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada

4. Campagnolo Roma

2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V3, Canada
"Quinto Quarto" Dinners: Italian for "the Fifth Quarter" alluding to the delicious parts of the animal that shouldn't go to waste, Campagnolo Roma's "Quinto Quarto" dinner is nine courses of offal - beef tongue, duck gizzard, calf liver, and other assorted meats. Look for these special dinners as tickets sell out fast.
2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V3, Canada

5. Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant at the Grand Villa Casino

4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Snake Soup: Snake is usually served in late fall and winter at most high-end Chinese restaurant since the Chinese believe it has a medicinal property to help warm the body. Traditionally served in a thicker soup, the snake meat is shredded and ends up looking -and tasting- like chicken. Also keep an eye out for other snake dishes such as snake stew served in a clay pot (a.k.a. snake hot pot but not the kind from Landmark Hot Pot House) on the specials menu. However, since it’s a seasonal item, it is best to call ahead to make sure the restaurant is serving snake for the season.
4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada

6. Alvin Garden

4850 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Fire Exploded Kidneys: Head to Burnaby for this Sichuan classic - cross-hatch sliced kidneys fried with spicy chilis in a very hot wok. 
4850 Imperial St, Burnaby
BC, Canada

7. S & W Pepper House

1812-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Pork Bung AKA "Rectum Calamari": stewed in a fiery hot chili oil. Not for the faint of heart; spicy and deep with, um, a porky flavour that kicks you in the ass. 
1812-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby
BC, Canada

8. Rose Garden

3415 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L3, Canada
Pan Fried Duck Chin in Maggie Soy Sauce: Ducks have chins? It is the lower part of the duck’s bill that’s attached to the neck that’s being served so I guess that’s a chin. This dish is found on the dinner & late night menu; it’s mostly bone with just a small amount of meat - a lot of work for little pay off, kind of like chicken feet at dim sum. But you do get to suck on the spicy sauce.
3415 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5R 5L3, Canada

9. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

150 - 8888 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 0E1, Canada
Roasted Squab: Squab served at Chinese restaurants is actually young domesticated pigeon. With its crispy skin and juicy meat, roasted squab looks like a mini-chicken but its meat is more similar to duck. If this seems tame, one can increase the “fear factor” quotient by sucking on the roasted squab head, which is traditionally served as a garnish. [Image via Veronica/Flickr]
150 - 8888 River Rd, Richmond
BC V6X 0E1, Canada

10. Hou Lok Restaurant

115 - 8231 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC, Canada
Chicken Balls: Not your father's Chicken Balls. These are not the deepfried sweet and sour take-out classic. These are actually testicles served hot-pot style with sides of other assorted meats and vegetables.
115 - 8231 Cambie Rd, Richmond
BC, Canada

11. Pinpin Restaurant

6113 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z9, Canada
Sizzling Sisig: Sisig looks like plain ground pork served with onions on a sizzling hot plate but it’s actually comprised of cuts from the pig’s head (cheek, jowl, ear etc). That‘s right, you are enjoying sizzling pig face when you are eating sisig. This dish from the Philippines is rumored to come about when locals were able to obtain pig heads very cheaply from the U.S. air base in Angeles City since the Americans wanted no part of eating of it.
6113 Fraser St, Vancouver
BC V5W 2Z9, Canada

12. Landmark Hot Pot House 春秋火鍋

4023 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC V5Z 2X9‎, Canada
Pig Uteri & Other Pig Offal: Yes, uteri is the plural form of uterus and a special item on Landmark’s hotpot menu. If uterus is just Too Much Weird, then one can instead go for pig stomach & pepper soup as their hotpot base, and try pig’s skin, kidney and liver instead. What? That's not weirder, is it? [Image via Alpha/Flickr]
4023 Cambie St., Vancouver
BC V5Z 2X9‎, Canada

13. Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House

3163 Main St., Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7, Canada
Duck Tongue: Did you know duck tongue has bones? You would think that they could do more than just quack with that kind of articulation. Simmered in a soy sauce and rice wine braise until tender so the meat and cartilage separate easily from the bones, the tongues become little ducky flavour bombs in your mouth. Don't worry about being discreet as you spit the bones out onto a side plate hopefully stripped clean of all the meat. [Image via watchfreeks.com]
3163 Main St., Vancouver
BC V5T 3G7, Canada

14. Congee Noodle House 粥麵館

141 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W1, Canada
Ostrich Congee: Congee Noodle House's popular 'da lang' (late night menu) is a treasure trove of interesting small unusual dishes. The Ostrich Congee consists of thickly sliced ostrich breast meat (tasting of a cross between chicken and beef) in a bowl of creamy congee. Order it with some Chinese donuts for dipping. [Image via Yelp]
141 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1W1, Canada

15. Chicha

136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
Corazon Antichuchos: Corazon is beef heart and this cut of meat is considered a poor man’s steak. Corazon is one of the most popular types of antichuhos (meat kebab) in Peru. Much like beef tongue, it has a strong beefy flavour in comparison to a regular cut of beef and only the texture may give it away as an unusual cut.
136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada

16. Les Faux Bourgeois

663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6, Canada
Salade De Gesiers: The French enjoy offal too and what’s more French than confit? This salad features Confit duck gizzards. [Image via Amy Ross/Flickr]
663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5T 2R6, Canada

17. Peaceful Restaurant 和平饭店

532 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E9, Canada
Beef Tendon Salad: Sichuan cuisine is known for its array of cold meat dishes that start every grand meal. Thinly sliced beef tendons -which provide more texture than flavour - become a carrier for a chili-oil and cilantro dressing.  [Image via YVRBro/Flickr]
532 W Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5Z 1E9, Canada

18. The Farmer’s Apprentice

1529 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1, Canada
Sweetbreads Served With Toasted Oats: one of chef David Gunawan's stellar creations, sweetbreads (thymus or pancreas) teamed with oats.
1529 W 6th Ave, Vancouver
BC V6J 1R1, Canada

19. Al Watan Tandoori

6804 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Brain Masala (Maghaz Masala): Al-Watan is a little Pakistani hole-in-the-wall in Fraser Street's diverse South Hill neighbourhood. This classic dish is made by stewing lamb brain in spicy masala sauce until soft like scrambled eggs. Order it with rice and naan. [Image via Leon Brocard/Flickr]
6804 Fraser St., Vancouver
BC, Canada

20. Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

823 Denman St., Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7, Canada
Chicken Liver, Gizzard & Heart Yakitori & Deep Fried Chicken Gizzard: Japanese meat on a stick is great way to try chicken offal unadulterated. If the yakitori is too scary, the deep fried chicken gizzard is another way to go. These crispy nuggets will more or less look and taste like a Japanese version of the popular mainstream popcorn chicken.
823 Denman St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2L7, Canada