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Hong Kong in America

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A travel journal to Vancouver by Quan

Quote: Vancouver boasts two Chinatowns—once settled years ago by Chinese immigrants in the heart of Vancouver, and another located in the suburb of Vancouver called Richmond.

Hong Kong in America

Overview

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Richmond is a place of choice of more prosperous immigrants from Hong Kong who sought to escape the 1997 handover. They brought lots of money to Vancouver to set up banks, office space and many, many Chinese suburban malls. The old Chinatown is located at the corner of Main and Pender, while Richmond can be accessed via Westminster Highway off Hwy 99. You go to Chinatown for gracious gardens and important architecture, while Richmond is a microcosm of what Hong Kong might be like. But both are fairly reliable for excellent but cheap Chinese food.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: I usually drive up from Seattle. There are a couple of main roads into the two Chinatowns, and it'...Read More

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Sun Sui Wah"

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Sun Sui Wah – a top destination for dim sum in the new Chinatown in Richmond, Vancouver. From about 11am on during the weekend, expect long line of small and large Chinese families of all ages forming a long line in front, a sure indication I think of the quality of the food. But don’t worry, the wait time is not unreasonable, as the cavernous space allows at least the Richmond branch to move customers in and out pretty quickly. On the few occasions that I went there for dim sum, the wait was never more than 15 minutes. Service is good and the food even better. Everything served at Sun Sui Wah is just perfectly spiced. Normally, my friends and I would have to prepare our own sauce consist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2000

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
102, 4940 No. 3 Road
Richmond, Vancouver, B.C. V6X 3A5
(604) 273-8208

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Sun Sui Wah - the other companion restaurant"

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Sun Sui Wah Chinatown – It’s not often that I find consistent quality at restaurants with branches. However, the old chinatown branch of Sun Sui Wah is really up there. I am not sure which is the original and which is the branch and frankly, I guess I don’t care. For those of us used to tacky decoration in Chinese restaurants, the Chinatown Sun Sui Wah is a pleasant surprise. A grand circular staircase takes you to the top, upon which you enter a dining room of multiple sails. Imagine multiple vaulted ceilings, all painted white and brushed metal. In fact, for some reason Sun Sui Wah reminded me a little of the Sydney Opera House—it just has that kind of charm. We were invited t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2000

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
3888 Main St
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3N9
+1 604 872 8822

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Kim Wah Yuen Restaurant – a reliable standby in the old chinatown, Kim Wah Yuen is almost a hole-in-the-wall, albeit a fairly good-sized one. It serves basic Cantonese food done extremely well. If you are in the mood for wonton noodle, congee, or just rice with no-nonsense stir fried dishes or roast meat, Kim Wah Yuen serves some of the tastiest versions. The turnover is very quick—people go in for food, not to socialize. So usually there is no line, but at almost all time of the day, the restaurant is busy. Two waitresses run the 40+ tables, and manage to do it fairly efficiently. But that’s it, the operative word is efficient, so don’t expect anything out of the ordinary. The food will just b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2000

Kim Wah Yuen Restaurant
Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

buying tea in Vancouver Chinatown

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Story/Tip

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Tea is another thing that the two Vancouver chinatown offers a lot of. The tea culture is an age old culture, and lots of study goes into it. In fact, the old stories from China always portray old wise men drinking tea and playing chess. I wonder if tea is in fact associated with wisdom, and the more tea you drink, the wiser you become. Have to admit though that they rarely talk about women drinking tea, so I don’t know what that really means. Well, one doesn’t expect much from a culture that is so predominantly patriarchal. In the old Chinatown, the Ten Ren tea company operates two stores just one block apart, one on Pender and one on Keefer in the heart of Chinatown. The tea shop is set up...Read More

Tropical fruit heaven

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For those of you interested in experiencing tropical Asian fruits without going there, Vancouver Chinatown is a haven. But beware that the fruit selection is indefinitely richer in the old Chinatown—which always surprises me because the new Chinatown in Richmond has so much more traffic and so much more people. But such is reality. For many who have ventured into Southeast Asia, Vancouver is one of the places closest to continental U.S. that offers such a large variety of Southeast Asian fruits, including jackfruit, soursop, custard apples, rambutaon, longan, lychees, and the dragon fruit native to Vietnam. Selection also includes the mangosteen (available almost all year-round)—sometimes know...Read More