Vancouver is THE place to grab some of the best Asian eats in North America and of course, that includes Chinese food.
As for the question of the best Chinese restaurant in Metro Vancouver? That’s no easy answer since each region in China has its own specialty. That’s why we asked for recommendations from nine local foodies that will cover cravings between the five lakes and four seas.
Best Chinese Restaurants In Metro Vancouver
Recommended by: Jovi (@nomsofvan)
What Jovi had to say about it: Mott32 is one of my favourites when it comes to Chinese food. It might be on the pricier side but is well worth the experience! They are known for their Signature Peking Duck with thin crispy skin, which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, the most memorable dish for me was the Lobster Ma Po Tofu, the sweet lobster meat and numbing spices were such a unique combination of flavours that went so well together! Try it for yourself, you will not regret it!
Where to get it: 1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Hong Kong Flavour
Recommended by: Melody (@blackholetummy)
What they had to say about it: This spot has been the talk of the town since its opening and has become the spot for satisfying my cravings for Cantonese food. From classic dishes like macaroni ham & soup to crowd’s favourites like baked pork chop rice, they’ve got it all.
My ultimate go-to dish every time I visit has got to be the Hong Kong style French toast. The restaurant does a flawless rendition of this dish. It is a thick fluffy toast stuffed with Canton style coconut Kaya, deep fried to perfection, then served with butter on top and a side of maple syrup. I’m drooling as I type this…
Mind you though, since the restaurant is still relatively new and the wait may be lengthy sometimes.
Where to get it: 10151 No 3 Rd #104 in Richmond
R & H Chinese Food
Recommended by: Sophia (@sopheats)
What they had to say about it: My pick for best Chinese Restaurant might be shocking because it’s not even a restaurant! R&H Chinese Food is nothing more than a food court stall but don’t let that fool you. This stall inside Lansdowne mall serves up juicy steamed pork buns that aunties hand make right in front of you. This is definitely a tasty and affordable hidden gem!
Where to get it: 5300 No 3 Rd in Richmond (inside Lansdowne Mall food court)
Recommended by: Howard (@food_with_howie)
What they had to say about it: I highly recommend Joojak. Their chilli oil chicken aka saliva chicken is the best ever! The chicken is really tender and juicy and it pairs really well with the mild chilli and chilli oil. Don’t worry, the spicy is manageable. I can eat this every day!
Where to get it: 3337 Kingsway in Vancouver
Congee Noodle King
Recommended by: @vanfoodventure
What they had to say about it: Whenever I crave for some Cantonese food, Congee Noodle King would be one spot I’d go to. Their menu is extensive, offering a whopping 34 different kinds of congee, all types of noodles, and plenty of selections beyond the two. For noodle soup, I like their classic wonton noodle and BBQ duck noodle soup. I recently discovered their dried oyster preserved egg & shredded pork congee and like it! Most places have congee with preserved egg and shredded pork, but few will include dried oysters. The food at Congee Noodle King is on par and well portioned, at a reasonable price. Not to mention they have long operating hours (from 9 am to 2 am every day except Wednesdays), offering breakfast to late-night meals.
Where to get it: 3313 Kingsway in Vancouver
Happy Tree BBQ
Recommended by: Sylvia (@food.thyme)
What they had to say about it: Happy Tree is definitely the place to go for delicious Chinese BBQ skewers. While the lamb skewers are always a good choice, one of my favourite items is the spicy assorted house special hot pot. Filled with spicy chilli oil sauce, it includes 20 assorted skewers of fishballs, tripe, and more.
Where to get it: Two locations in Vancouver and Richmond
Vancouver: 3502 Kingsway
Richmond: 8171 Alexandra Rd #105
Recommended by: Caleb & Nerissa (@forkthatdish)
What they had to say about it: This little spot is a great place for affordable and delicious dishes — definitely worth checking out. We really enjoyed the cold noodles there. They tasted amazing and don’t make you feel guilty/greasy for eating them. Perfect light snack and appetizer!
Where to get it: 8260 Westminster Hwy in Richmond (inside the Richmond Public Market)
Shanghai Dimsum House
Recommended by: Anthony (@_maanthony)
What they had to say about it: Whenever I think of Chinese comfort food, I think of Shanghai Dimsum House. It’s one of my favourite convenient places to order some delicious juicy Shanghainese soup dumplings (xiao long bao). These XLBs just melts right in your mouth and their broth is very flavourful! It’s definitely a must-try whenever you’re at Crystal Mall.
Where to get it: 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1 (inside the Crystall Mall food court)
Recommended by: Sam (@blogoodies)
What they had to say about it: A new Northern Chinese style BBQ! The meats taste great and their veggies were nicely cooked. One of the highlights is their hurricane potato skewers. The popular night market snacks were only at $2.95 each here. They offer a variety of flavours including ketchup, cheddar, sour cream and onion, and more.
Where to get it: 7994 Granville St in Vancouver
Where are some of your favourite places to grab Chinese food in Metro Vancouver? Let us know what you think below!