These are the best Chinese restaurants right now in Metro Vancouver

There's never been quite a year like this one for Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver

Best Cha Siu Bao - Chef Tony. Photo by Rae Kung/courtesy Chinese Restaurant Awards

Each year the Chinese Restaurant Awards invites Metro Vancouver's dining public to weigh in on where they love to eat. But there's never been quite a year like this one. 

When the Diners' Choice portion of the 12th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards opened up for voting in early March, many of Metro Vancouver's Chinese restaurants were already suffering from a drop in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic that had just begun to reach B.C. Two weeks later, and most restaurants had ceased operations, with some shifting to take-out and delivery models only, while others opted to stay closed temporarily - or permanently.

However, the Chinese Restaurant Awards were ultimately able to open up again, and with an extended voting period, have now tabulated the returns and have issued the results. This year's Diners' Choice winners shout out some popular favourites in Richmond and Vancouver, including the high-end Mott 32 (Best Fine Dining, Best Northern Chinese) and the decidedly less opulent parking garage strip mall spot HK BBQ Master (Best BBQ Shop for the 10th year).

Additionally, the Diners' Choice Awards put a spotlight on favourites for things like brown sugar pearl milk tea, dim sum, vegetarian eats, and a number of regional cuisines and specialities. The Awards also has diners choose top picks for new restaurants, and this year's honour goes to Vancouver's posh Quan Ju De, which may be brand-new to us, but actually stems from a century-old establishment from the imperial capital of Beijing. Best services when to Richmond's HaiDiLao Hot Pot, which happens to be prepping their Vancouver location to open soon.

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Best Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea - Xing Fu Tang. Photo courtesy Chinese Restaurant Awards

“Moving onto the twelfth year, Chinese Restaurants Awards (CRA) has developed an inseparable relationship with the restaurant industry. Every restaurant that has been persevering through this tough time is, indeed, a winner, of which CRA does proudly supports. Especially now, we encourage diners to continue to explore and support all restaurants. Their operations can bring satisfaction and hope, especially during the pandemic,” said Rae Kung, Managing Director of Chinese Restaurant Awards.

There's one more round of awards to come, too: Results of the prestigious Critics' Choice Signature Dish Awards will also be announced at around the middle of August.

While typically the winners are feted at a ceremony and cocktail party, the event is currently on hold until the province permits large gatherings. 

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Best Sichuan Spicy Grill Fish - Happy Tree House BBQ. Photo courtesy Chinese Restaurant Awards

In the meantime, check out the winners of the CRA's 2020 Diners’ Choice Awards, and hopefully revisit a favourite of yours or give somewhere new a try.

1. BEST STEAMED/BAKED BBQ PORK BUN

Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

#101-4600 No.3 Road, Richmond (604) 279-0083

 

2. BEST SICHUAN SPICY GRILL FISH

Happy Tree House BBQ

3502 Kingsway, Vancouver (778) 383-9575

8171 Alexandra Road Richmond (604) 297-1386

 

3. BEST LAMB SKEWER

The Meat Up

7994 Granville St, Vancouver (604) 428-9656

3580 Number 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 370-4870

 

4. BEST BROWN SUGAR PEARL MILK

Xing Fu Tang

Various locations

 

5. BEST NEW RESTAURANT – open less than one year

Quan Ju De

2808 Cambie Street Vancouver (236) 477-7777

 

6. BEST SERVICES RESTAURANT

HaiDiLao Hot Pot

#200-5890 No 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 370-6665

 

7. BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT

Mott 32

1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver (604) 979-8886

 

8. BEST DIM SUM RESTAURANT

Kirin Restaurants

Various locations

 

9. BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Po Kong Vegetarian Restaurant

1334 Kingsway Vancouver (604) 876-3088

 

10. BEST CANTONESE RESTAURANT

Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine

130-6200 River Road, Richmond (604) 285-8980

 

11. BEST NORTHERN CHINESE RESTAURANT

Mott 32

1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver (604) 979-8886

 

12. BEST SHANGHAINESE RESTAURANT

Dinesty Dumpling House

Various locations

13. BEST SICHUAN RESTAURANT

Miss Fu In Chengdu

#2130-8391 Alexandra Rd, Richmond (604) 370-5667

14. BEST TAIWANESE RESTAURANT/BBT CAFÉ

Memory Corner

1110-4651 Garden City Road, Richmond (604) 284-5434

15. BEST HUNAN RESTAURANT

Geng Shi Ji

1211-8338 Capstan Way, Richmond (604) 370-6899

16. BEST HOT POT RESTAURANT

Landmark Hotpot House

4023 Cambie St, Vancouver (604) 872-2868

17. BEST CONGEE AND/OR NOODLE RESTAURANT

Double Double Restaurant

4600 Number 3 Rd Unit 128, Richmond (604) 370-3345

18. BEST HONG KONG-STYLE CAFÉ

Happy Day Café

3312 Kingsway, Vancouver (604) 307-6868

1450 - 4771 McClelland Road, Richmond (604) 273-3308

19. BEST B.B.Q. SHOP

HK B.B.Q. Master

#145-4651 No. 3 Road, Richmond (604) 272-6568

 

20. BEST DESSERT RESTAURANT

iTofu

#125-4940 Number 3 Rd, Richmond (236) 888-6618

21. BEST FOOD COURT STALL

Bubble Waffle Café

Locations at various food courts

22. BEST BAKERY SHOP

Saint Germain Bakery

Various locations

23. BEST FANTUAN’S TAKEOUT RESTAURANT

HaiDiLao Hot Pot

#200-5890 No 3 Rd, Richmond (604) 370-6665

24. MOST POPULAR RESTAURANT ON FANTUAN REVIEWS

Hushifu Chicken Hot Pot

130-8171 Ackroyd Road Richmond (604) 370-0616

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