Dining hotspots throughout the city have scooped a hearty serving of accolades in the fiercely contested 14th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. The prestigious celebration of 2022’s most memorable Metro Vancouver Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine has a new format this year, entitled Vancouver’s 20 Best. But it continues to celebrate the finest dining for locals and visitors throughout the region––with Richmond restaurants, eateries and chefs once-again dominating the prizes.
And the winners are…
Celebrated food critics and dining experts Alexandra Gill, Brendon Mathews, and Judging Chair Lee Man returned to the contest this year. And under the new approach, they invited a diverse group of 21 additional judges to vote for their own ‘best in show’ establishments in each category––as well as recommending their favourite Signature Dish choices at each eatery.
These Signature Dishes act like a roadmap for incredible, must-try dining throughout the region. And when it comes to the winning establishments in each of the Vancouver’s 20 Best categories––ranging from Best Sichuan to Best Hunan and from Best Dim Sum to Best Vegetarian––Richmond scooped the lion’s share of awards.
The 2022 Richmond victors include Suhang Restaurant (Best Shanghainese winner), with recommended Signature Dishes including Grilled Eggplant, Sliced Beef in Chilli Sauce and Braised Pork Belly with Special Sauce. In addition, The Fish Man was named Best Sichuan restaurant and its Signature Dishes were named as including Seafood Fried Rice, Hong Kong Style Dungeness Crab and Sour Cabbage Fish Hotpot (Lingcod).
Best Hunan restaurant this year was Richmond’s Geng Shi Ji, where the array of Signature Dishes include Dong An Style Chicken, Century Eggs with Eggplant and Oil-fried Pork Kidney. In contrast, Memory Corner won the Best Taiwanese category, with Signature Dishes ranging from Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Filet to House Special Lamb Hot Pot.
In contrast, venerable city centre restaurant 4 Stones Vegetarian Cuisine was named this year’s Best Vegetarian category winner, and its Signature Dishes were named as including Seaweed Mushroom Bean Curd Roll and Maine Lobster “Ma Po Tofu.”
Richmond’s casual eateries were also big winners at the 2022 awards. Best Hong Kong Style Café was La Amigo, with its lip-smacking Signature Dishes including Stir Fry Beef Noodles and Pan Seared Chicken Legs (Combo Meal). Local legend HK BBQ Master won in the Best B.B.Q. Shop category, while the best Food Court Stall––a category that Richmond excels in––was named as Hei Hei Rice Roll at the Richmond Public Market.
Winner in the Best Congee and/or Noodle category was Max Noodle House on Richmond’s foodie-forward Alexandra Road, where the Signature Dish recommendations include Wonton Noodles and Poached Sliced Beef. And if you’re craving something sweeter, the Best Bubble Tea Shop winner was the city’s Exposure Drink + Social House, while the Best Bakery Shop was named as Richmond’s Kam Do Bakery.
In an additional new category, the Chinese Restaurant Awards also compiled a selection of 2022 Worth to Explore Establishments that are also well-worth venturing out to dine at. Three Richmond eateries were included this time around: Jade Seafood Restaurant, Tasty BBQ & Beer Bar and Wu Fung Dessert in the Aberdeen Centre Food Court.
But that’s not all. This year’s awards also chose Richmond winners for the Best New Restaurant and the Restaurant of the Year categories. The Best New category anointed Once More Restaurant as its winner, with Signature Dish recommendations including Sweet Corn Pancake, Spicy Pork Stomach and Chopped Peppered Black Cod.
And––drum roll please––the Restaurant of the Year was named as the hugely popular The Fish Man (see above for some its Signature Dishes). The judges praised the creativity and “surprising delicacy” of Chef Bo Li’s dishes, noting that, “The restaurant is remarkably casual and approachable––reflecting the easy-going Sichuan style of communal dining. Delicious spicy dishes, cold beers to cool the palate and friendly boisterous conversations all come together at our pick for Restaurant of the Year.”
Not surprisingly, Chef Bo Li also scooped Richmond’s final accolade at the 2022 Chinese Restaurant Awards. He was named as this year’s Rising Star Chef, with the judges commenting that, “Through his dedication and passion for refining his culinary skills, he is able to combine different cuisine styles, such as Japanese and Cantonese, into his vision of Sichuan seafood dishes.
Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Tourism Richmond