Yesterday’s presentation of the eighth Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards marked another year of outstanding Chinese culinary achievements. An esteemed panel of the Lower Mainland’s top Chinese cuisine critics named their top Chinese dishes of 2016, along with a panel of social media foodie critics as well. Did any of your favourites make the list?

The Chinese Restaurant Awards food critics included Founding Chair Stephen Wong, restaurant critic Lee Man, Richmond native and Vancouver Magazine contributor Brendon Mathews, and internet food critic Foodie Yau. The four critics spent many evenings and weekends dining out at various Chinese restaurants across Metro Vancouver to determine the best Signature Dishes, including the best duck dish, hot pot dish and vegetarian dish.

A new component to this year’s Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards is the Social Media Choice Awards. The inaugural social media judges panel included Sherman Chan of Sherman’s Food Adventures, Emily Cheng of Miss Vancouver Piggy, Jesse Tsao of and Cathy Zhou, active on Weibo and WeChat.

Altogether, fifteen dishes were celebrated yesterday at the River Rock Show Theatre. Without further ado, here they are!

Winners of the Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards

Chef Tony’s Special Charcoal Grilled Duck

chef tony special
Photo: Chinese Restaurant Awards

Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant
#101-4600 No.3 Road, Richmond 

Lamb Hotpot

lamb hot pot
Photo: Chinese Restaurant Awards

The Jade Seafood Restaurant
8511 Alexandra Road, Richmond 

Lamb in soup

lamb in soup
Photo: Chinese Restaurant Awards

Old Xian’s Food
#2010-8580 Alexandra Road, Richmond

Tofu skin wrapped mushroom with vegetables

tofu wrapped mushroom
Photo: Chinese Restaurant Awards

Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant
#155-8191 Westminster Hwy, Richmond 

Durian egg tart

durian egg tart
Photo: Chinese Restaurant Awards

Yue Delicacy Restaurant
8077 Alexandra Road, Richmond

Salt and Pepper Crusted Dungeness Crab

Landmark Hotpot House
4023 Cambie Street, Vancouver 

Sablefish with shredded pork, luffa, pickled vegetables in congee soup

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
#108-777 West Broadway, Vancouver 

Steamed egg with clams

Shoom Restaurant
6555 Fraser Street, Vancouver 

Chicken with sticky rice in claypot

Golden Eats Seafood Restaurant
2141 Kingsway, Vancouver 

Braised winter melon with vegetable and mushroom

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
#108-777 West Broadway, Vancouver

Winners of the Social Media Choice Awards

Best Hong Kong-style roast duck

Parker Place (Aberdeen) Meat & B.B.Q.
#1020-4380 No.3 Road, Richmond 

Best Shanghai-style drunken chicken

Top Shanghai Cuisine Restaurant
#120-5880 No.3 Road, Richmond 

Best Sichuan water-boiled fish

Tian Shi Fu Restaurant
8151 Alexandra Road, Richmond

Best Taiwanese braised pork rice

Corner 23
4008 Cambie Street, Vancouver (604) 879-8815

Best Mango Sago with Pomelo/Grapefruit

Doolami Dessert 8030 Granville Street, Vancouver