Best Eats in Chinatown

Food and Entertainment
// February 2, 2017
Ramen Bowl at the Ramen Butcher

There is an undeniable connection between delicious food and cannabis. So why not celebrate the year of the rooster by rolling one up and heading down to Chinatown? We’ve rounded up the best munchies in the hood. Just click on the titles to go to the restaurant’s website.

Juke Fried Chicken

Juke Fried Chicken

Juke Fried Chicken.

182 Keefer St

One of many of the new restaurants now open on Keefer, Juke is a fried chicken spot in Chinatown that specializes in gluten free fried chicken. Using a special batter that substitutes potato and corn starches in for flour, the recipe ensures that the skin of the fried chicken becomes extra dry and crispy.

Must try: Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Fried Brussel Sprouts

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Chicken

Phnom Penh Chicken

244 East Georgia St

One of the oldest Cambodian style restaurants in Vancouver, you probably already know all about their legendary chicken wings that are somehow always perfectly crispy and juicy. Ordered to go for a delicious snack on the go or in tandem with a couple other dishes and you’ll have a pretty decent feast going on.

Must try: Chicken Wings, Butter Beef, Beef Luc Lac

Bestie

Bestie Sausage and Eggs

Bestie Sausage and Eggs.

105 East Pender St

Bestie is an independent restaurant located at East Pender and Columbia that’s inspired by German street food. Specializing in currywurst, a dish that consists of crispy fries and a freshly grilled pork sausage covered in a curry ketchup sauce, Bestie partners up with local butchers and urban farms in order to source the best whole ingredients for their masterpieces.

Must try: Currywurst, Soft Pretzel with Cheese Sauce, Sunday Cider

The Union

Union Yummy Sandwich

Union Yummy Sandwich

219 Union St

This classic Chinatown haunt has an extensive menu that’s inspired by popular South East Asian cuisine. Pick up a Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich as a satisfying snack or try one of their fresh fruit banga cocktails served in a large jar.

Must try: Bahn Mi, Bun Vermicelli Bowl, Banga

The Ramen Butcher

Ramen Bowl at the Ramen Butcher

Ramen, Pork, and Eggs at the Ramen Butcher.

223 East Georgia St

Opened as the first North American location by the infamous Menya Koji restaurant group from Japan, The Ramen Butcher produces a rich and authentic tonkotsu soup base for all of their ramen dishes. Everything from their noodles to their broth and gyozas are handmade daily, fresh and in house.

Must try: Black Ramen, Okonomi Gyoza

Mami Taylor’s

Mami Taylor Plate

Delicious Mystery Plate

251 East Georgia St

If you’re ever in the neighbourhood on the weekend and are in the need of a good brunch spot, look no further than Mami Taylor’s. Open late almost every day of the week, this American comfort food restaurant is one of the best places in Chinatown to stop and refuel.

Must try: Fried Pickles, Fried Chicken and Waffles on the Weekend

The Tuck Shoppe

Tuck Shoppe Pulled Pork

Tuck Shoppe Pulled Pork

237 Union St

A relatively new and easy-going sandwich and salad stop on the Union street bike path, The Tuck Shoppe brings up nostalgic feels of summer camp with its relaxed atmosphere. Roll through for a filling sandwich, soup and/or salad.

Must try: Tarragon Chicken Salad Sandwich, Ice Cream Sandwich

New Town Bakery

New Town Bakery Roll

New Town Bakery Roll

148 East Pender St

Grab a number, wait in line and in no time you’ll be holding a hot and fresh Chinese steamed bun in your hand ready to enjoy. Don’t bother sitting down for your meal here because all the best things to eat are totally portable and ready to go.

Must try: Steamed Chicken Bun, Steamed Chicken Deluxe Bun, BBQ Pork Bun, Coconut Bun

Matchstick

Matchstick Through the Front Window

Matchstick Through the Front Window

213 East Georgia St

Aside from delicious coffee, Matchstick also has a great food program as well preparing sandwiches, soups, salads, baking fresh bread and other baked goods.

Must try: House-Made Bread Topped with Ricotta, Figs and Truffle Honey

Pazzo Chow

The Pazzo Chow in Chinatown

The Pazzo Chow in Chinatown.

620 Quebec St

A modest food-retail shop located on the edge of Chinatown, Pazzo Chow offers a range of complementary food products and fresh homestyle Italian fare available to eat in house or to go.

Must try: Daily Lunch Special

Fluffy Kittens

Fluffy Kittens from the Street.

Fluffy Kittens from the Street.

213 East Georgia St

Operating on skeleton winter hours until the weather warms up more, Fluffy Kittens is a new ice cream shop that stocks artisanal ice cream produced by independent makers from around the province.

Must try: Ice Cream Sundae

Harvest Community Foods

Harvest Community Foods Bowl

Delicious Bowl of Fresh Food

243 Union St

Aside from the delicious noodle soups Harvest makes using fresh and often locally sourced meats and veggies, they also stock many local products like Earnest ice cream and Juice Truck juices that can be purchased in the grocery half of their space.

Must try: Any of their Noodle Soups, Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies

Bao Bei

An Extravagant and Light Meal at Bao Bei

An Extravagant and Light Meal at Bao Bei

163 Keefer St

Bao Bei is a tapas style restaurant that puts a modern spin on traditional Chinese cooking. It’s best to come and try this spot with at least a couple good friends so you can order more dishes and try a little bit of everything.

Must try: Beef Tartare, Mantou, Crispy Pork Belly

Caffe Brixton

Sub Sandwich at Cafe Brixton

Sub Sandwich at Cafe Brixton

212 East Georgia St

One of the most affordable spots in Chinatown to grab a drink and bite, Caffe Brixton is best when you take advantage of their specials. Namely their $2 taco Tuesday and 39 cent wing Wednesday specials.

Must try: Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays

By Vanessa Tam