Mijune Pak, otherwise known as “Follow Me Foodie,” adores the food in Richmond. Pak, one of the top food bloggers in the Lower Mainland and weekly food columnist for Westender newspaper, has been living in Richmond for three years, but has long been a fan of the dining scene. “I’ve always eaten in Richmond pretty regularly. Oh my God! The Asian food … (blissful pause) There’s nothing not to like about it since it’s arguably the best in North America.” During a phone chat, Pak shared insider tips on some of her favourite bites in Richmond.

Mijune Pak - Follow Me Foodie
​Mijune Pak, a.k.a. @followmefoodie. | Photo: Submitted

1. Most delicious dim sum

“I have a soft spot for baked barbecue pork buns. I like the ones at Top Gun J & C [8766 McKim Way]. They have a nice crispy topping and there’s better meat in them. The meat is not just fat and leftover barbecue bits. There’s more quality to them. I also like the mushroom dumplings at Jade [Seafood Restaurant, 8511 Alexandra Rd.].”

Top Gun BBQ Pork Bun
The baked barbecue pork buns at Top Gun J & C are some of Pak’s favourites. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie

 Jade Mushroom dumpling
The mushroom dumplings at Jade Seafood Restaurant. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie

2. Where to find exquisite traditional sushi

“I go to Ichiro [110-12011 Second Ave.] in Steveston. I think their sashimi is really good quality and fresh. Sushi Hachi [8888 Odlin Cresc.] is also very good. It’s also very classic, with no crazy rolls. It’s really focused on nigiri, which is essentially what traditional Japanese food is.”

 Ichiro salmon toro nigiri
This is Ichiro’s Salmon Toro Nigiri. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie

3. Your sweet tooth will thank you for this one

“The pineapple buns at Lido [150-4231 Hazelbridge Way] are amazing. They have a crispy topping. They’re also soft and not too sweet. You absolutely need to get them.”

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In Pak’s books, the Pineapple Buns from Lido are a must. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie

4. Stock up on Chinese barbecue meat and then gorge on waffles

“I like HK BBQ Master [145-4651 Number Three Rd.] under the Superstore. Go there for your roast duck, your suckling pig, your barbecue pork, and then go a few shops down to The Bubble Tea Shop [105-4651 Number Three Rd.]. I love their egg bubble waffles. They’re not like the traditional, authentic recipe, but I don’t really care because I think they taste even better. They’re crispy. They’re not too sweet or too fragrant. The batter is right. They’re not too chewy or dense. They’re well made.”

 HQ BBQ  duck, suckling pig, roast pork
HQ BBQ Master’s duck, suckling pig and roast pork. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie

Stay tuned for …

“I’m really anticipating the re-opening of Shanghai Wonderful (opening in June at the Abercorn Inn, 9260 Bridgeport Rd.). They did a good job at their old location, and attract a crowd wherever they go.”

Shanghai Wonderful Turnip Cake
Shanghai Wonderful Turnip Cake. | Photo: Follow Me Foodie