Secret Food Court Eats In Metro Vancouver You Gotta Try ASAP

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Food courts don’t always have the best reputation for quality eats but these little-known picks recommended by local foodies will have you thinking differently. Go on out and try some of the best food court eats Metro Vancouver has to offer!

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Peanuts

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What they had to say about it:  An old school gem and nostalgic childhood memory to many, Peanuts is a stall that has lived in the Richmond Public Market since 1996! It was one of the first bubble tea shops to open, before this current wave all across town. Until today, they continue to serve affordable and delicious sweet treats, from bubble tea to wheel cakes. My favourite things to eat here are the cheese and matcha flavoured wheel cakes!

Where to get it: 8260 Westminster Hwy in Richmond at the Richmond Public Market

Guangdong Flavour

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|| CLAYPOT RICE 煲仔飯 🍚 #TBT to when we had a mini food crawl with the Richmond foodie crew exploring what the city’s Public Market has to offer! — I love how in just one little food court, you can find various styles of food influenced by over 10 provinces of China. — For instance, the claypot rice originates from Guangdong (Canton Style). The claypot is often filled with rice. Chinese sausage, salted eggs, and meats; but you can choose anything you like to go with it. — Although it doesn’t have the crispy rice bits on the bottom like the authentic ones, it’s definitely still a great place to visit to satisfy your claypot craving. Their chicken is super soft and tender 😋 — 💬FOODIES OF VANCOUVER: Does anyone know where to find authentic claypot rice with crispy sticky rice bits on the bottom? Lemme know cause your girl’s dying for some! — 🍴: Claypot Rice w/ Chinese Sausage + Chicken 📍: Guangdong Flavour (Richmond Public Market Food Court)

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What they had to say about it:  Claypot rice, also known as “Bo Jai Fan” is a staple dish of Cantonese cuisine. Traditionally, the dish is served with Chinese sausage and vegetables. But at Guangdong Flavour, you can get it with other toppings like salted fish, sliced chicken, and other ingredients. You can even opt for a sticky rice option here!

I usually like to get mine with salted egg for extra flavouring, along with some chicken and Chinese sausage. The chicken prepared at Guangdong Flavour is extremely tender and juicy, which pairs well with the steaming hot rice. The dish is served with sweet soy sauce on the side for you to pour into your rice to enjoy.

All this is for less than $10! Great inexpensive place to satisfying your claypot rice craving!

Where to get it:  8260 Westminster Hwy in Richmond at the Richmond Public Market

J&G Fried Chicken

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Don't chicken out on these yummy Taiwanese treat! 🐓🐔 @jandgfriedchicken offers a wide selection of deep fried food from deep fried mushrooms to deep fried cuttlefish balls to their famous deep fried popcorn chicken. Their popcorn chicken does taste slightly different from other Taiwanese chicken place but that is what makes them stand out! If you want some crunch to the chicken, try the chicken knee as it does have the cartilage crunch. Everything is made fresh in store and they are all seasoned really nicely. If you do pass by, definitely check out their chicken wings and cuttlefish balls as well! The chicken wings are crispy on the outside and super tender and juicy in the inside. The cuttlefish is the same and it has a squid in the middle as well which was a nice surprise. Thank you @jandgfriedchicken and @be.creativemedia for the amazing experience! Thank you @eveyxfoods for the invite! Give them a shot when you're close by if you're craving for some Taiwanese food! . . . . This is at J&G chicken (Crystal Mall – Burnaby) . . . . #foodblogger #vanfoodie #foodcoma #instafood #foodlife #foodie #foodstagram #vancouver #f52grams #vancitybuzz #eeeeeats #foodoftheday #instafoodie #picoftheday #604food #dishedvan #foodporn #604foodie #chicken #yvr #vancity #britishcolumbia #dailyhivevan #gastropostvan #igvancouver #nomsmag #curiocityvan #crunchvancouver #jandgchicken #popcornchicken

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What they had to say about it: After making yummy and tasty classic Taiwanese snacks for over 40 years, these guys opened their first Western Canadian stall in Burnaby not too long ago. They have classic deep-fried popcorn chicken, deep fried chicken breast, and even deep fried veggies. Everything is made fresh in store and they are all seasoned really nicely. Definitely give them a try when you’re by the area, they most likely have something that will interest you.

Where to get it:  #2121 – 4500 Kingsway in Burnaby at Crystal Mall

TOKKi

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⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌟 C o r n d o g s⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Hot dogs or corn dogs?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Typically you associate corn dogs with amusement parks or snacks. Pictured here are three different types of corn dogs from the ToKKi stall at Henderson Mall Food court. They’re quite similar actually, one is a regular corndog ($1.95), then there’s the cheesy dog ($2.95), a standard corn dog except inside half of it is cheese instead of the sausage. Lastly, there is the monster’s bat ($2.95), a regular corndog but covered in fried potatoes on the outside. Needless to say, our favourite was definitely the monster’s bat cause of that extra texture/flavour from the potato, the other ones didn’t really jump out at us. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📍Tokkii | Coquitlam, BC⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

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What they had to say about it: Our favourite food court find would have to be the corn dogs from Tokki. Priced reasonably, they taste amazing with a unique twist of their own. We loved the cheesy dog that was half sausage half cheese but the monster bat with fried potato bits was our favourite.

Where to get it: 1163 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam at Henderson Place Mall

Cup Full

Recommended by: Victor (@foodvictory)

What they had to say about it:  Most food courts don’t have many dessert stalls at all but this spot is a great place for affordable milky shaved ice/bingsoo desserts. I really enjoyed the matcha red bean, and mango options. A great hidden gem to visit when the heat picks up!

Where to get it: 1163 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam at Henderson Place Mall

Teppan Kitchen

Recommended by: Anthony (@_maanthony)

What they had to say about it: One of my go-to places for food court eats, this place offers a huge variety beyond their popular Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice and  Pan-Fried Chicken Linguine. I absolutely recommend trying their Rib Eye Teppan Rice that comes with big portions of beef, rice, miso soup, and most importantly, lots of flavour. This will definitely fill your stomach up but if that’s still not enough, you can add a cold milk tea or iced lemon tea drink for just $1. Check out Teppan Kitchen whenever you can, you won’t regret it.

Where to get it: Two locations in Richmond and Vancouver

  • Richmond: 4151 Hazelbridge Way at Aberdeen Centre
  • Vancouver: 555 W Hastings St at Harbour Centre

Parker Good Foods

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SOYA know, that being BRAISED as a carnivore, my seDUCKtive meal naturally must include some sort of meat. Here's an EGGxample of one of my favourite kinds. – 📷: Braised duck 🍗 with rice | @ Parker Good Foods Anyone a fan of "lo mei"? It's a Cantonese name given to dishes made by braising in a sauce known as a "master stock" or "lo shui" (usually made with soya sauce). Originating from Southern China and a staple of Teochew / Chiu Chow cuisine, lo mei can be made from meat, offals, and other off cuts. The most common varieties are beef, pork, chicken, and duck. If you like braised duck in lo shui sauce, I recommend trying Parker Good Foods, a food stall in the food court at Parker Place mall. Aside from offering a variety of Chinese rice and noodle dishes, one of their specialty is lo shui braised duck which you can get as a single serving on rice, in half or whole. I got mine on rice for lunch, along with lo shui egg and tofu for an additional charge. Other lo shui items available, include pig tongue, pig ear and pig stomach. – . . .

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What they had to say about it: This spot is one of my go-to food court stalls! Aside from the rice combos where you choose your items from the trays of freshly-prepared foods and a variety of Chinese rice/noodle dishes on the menu, they have one specialty that few food stalls offer: “lo shui duck”.

“Lo shui” is a Chinese term that refers to the “master stock” (usually made with soya sauce) used to braise meat, offals, and other offcuts. The lo shui duck at Parker Good Foods is tender and flavourful, and they offer white vinegar as a dipping sauce. Additional lo shui items they have include egg and tofu.

Where to get it: 4380 No 3 Rd in Richmond at Parker Place

 

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