Richmond’s food scene doesn’t mess around. If you’re in the neighbourhood for a while, you’ll want to sink your teeth into one or two (or all) of these seriously delicious treats. And if you’re only passing through, they’re a reason to stick around just a little bit longer.
Whether you’re craving something sweet and decadent or fresh and refined, these are some of the best Richmond dishes you need to eat before you die.
Lido’s Pineapple Bun
This classic Hong Kong style café is famous for its ridiculously popular pineapple bun. On any day of the week, you can expect a lineup out the door of people who can’t wait for a taste of these delicious buns. You can have them plain or with cold butter – or if you’re looking for something more substantial, satay beef. Lido also has tasty Western and Chinese breakfast options, making it the perfect way to start your day. You can find them at 4231 Hazelbridge Way.
Experience pizza like you’ve never had it before at Steveston Pizza Co. This local gem uses toppings you thought only existed in your wildest dreams, like sesame seaweed julienne, enoki mushrooms, mascarpone mousse and basil pesto sauce. Got cash to burn? Splurge on the Seenay, which comes loaded with tiger prawns, lobster ratatouille, truffles, caviar and smoked steelhead (available only for pre-order and priced at a casual $850). But there are also a variety of affordable choices. Find these amazing pizzas and more at #100-3400 Moncton Street.
HK B.B.Q. Master’s Roast Pork
It’s easy to see how this place has become one of the most renowned barbeque spots in town. HK B.B.Q. Master’s roast pork is perfect; its crisp skin and perfectly salted meat make it any BBQ lover’s dream, and it’s definitely worthy of the many accolades it has won. The owner prides himself on sourcing all his meat from the Lower Mainland and Alberta, so if you’re looking for something tasty and consciously sourced, this is the place to go. Live your BBQ dreams at #144-4651 No.3 Road.
L.A. Chicken’s Fried Chicken
If you’re looking for deep-fried heaven on a budget, check out L.A. Chicken for a mouth-watering fried meal, complete with fries and your choice of coleslaw, potato or macaroni salad. Their meals are perfect for any time of the day. Pretty much everything on the menu goes for under $20, and each is large enough to be shared! The frying method is what really makes it special: each piece is double deep-fried in a batter that’s a little salty, a little spicy, perfectly crispy and paired wonderfully with home-style gravy. You can find the one and only L.A. Chicken at 11780 Thorpe Road.
Xi’an’s Spicy Wontons and Noodles
If you’re looking to spend a food-filled day in Richmond, head on over to the Richmond Public Market, where you’ll find Xi’an Cuisine. This is the go-to place for authentic hand-pulled noodles. They’re made fresh to order, and you can watch the chefs work with speed and precision right in front of you. Their spicy wontons are an instant favourite, with just the right combination of soy sauce, chili oil and peppers to leave your taste buds wanting more.
Taste this Richmond classic at the food court at the Richmond Public Market located on 8260 Westminster Highway. Cash only.
R&H’s Xiao Long Bao
Dumplings are arguably one of the most popular dishes throughout the continent of Asia. Between the soft, chewy dough and the infinite filling possibilities, they’re a dish that everyone will love. Luckily, with Richmond’s Dumpling Trail, you don’t have to go far to experience some truly spectacular dumplings. One must-try is the Xiao Long Bao dish from R&H Chinese Food. Find these international delights in Lansdowne Centre at 5300 No. 3 Road.
Taste of Zen’s Vegetarian Lunch
If you’re looking for a meal that’s also an experience, check out Taste of Zen on the ground floor of the International Buddhist Temple. You’ll get a taste of healthy, flavourful and gourmet vegetarian food. And, in addition, you’ll also be surrounded by an authentic and breathtaking temple that will give you a true taste of Buddhist culture. Much of the restaurant’s produce is even grown within the temple’s grounds. For food that’s good for your body and soul, check out this unforgettable restaurant at 9160 Steveston Highway. Cash only.
Still hungry for more Richmond dishes? Head on over to Tourism Richmond’s website for more information about the city’s unique restaurants (over 800 of them!) and dishes that you need to try before you die.
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