It’s that time of year when thick fleece and insulated jackets become standard apparel in the Lower Mainland. But while continually quaffing hot chocolate might also seem like a good idea, there are other ways to feel nice and toasty when the weather turns chilly here.
Read on for 10 deliciously warming dishes to discover in Richmond––plus the eateries where you’ll find them. They’re the perfect way to heat up and fortify your goose-pimpled body on those days when the forecast is relentlessly frosty.
Tan Tan Men Ramen
Where: G-Men Ramen, 3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Richmond serves up a steaming menu of great ramen options, with dozens of restaurants around the city specializing in this brothy, winter-busting Japanese treat. But our go-to dish in Steveston is the Tan Tan Men bowl at G-Men, just across from Fisherman’s Wharf. A creamy, spice-tastic serving of chicken and pork broth packed with sesame and peanut-paste goodness, it easily chases away the chills on the coldest days.
Where: Curry House, Yaohan Centre Food Court, 3700 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Richmond’s inviting food courts are excellent wintertime hangouts. But if you need an extra dose of warming goodness, try a spicy, silky-smooth bowl of laksa at Yaohan Centre. Available at the food court’s Curry House counter, this temperature-raising Malaysian staple is a feast of chicken chunks, deep-fried tofu, hearty noodles and crunchy beansprouts swimming in a lip-smacking coconut broth.
Sour Cabbage Fish Hotpot
Where: The Fish Man, 1170-8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond
An ever-welcoming eatery that warms you as soon as you walk in the door, The Fish Man serves Chinese dishes from Szechuan and beyond. There are lots of delicious ways to raise your body temperature here, but don’t miss a shareable, steam-shrouded bowl of sour cabbage fish hotpot. Its peppery broth brims with hunks of fish, tofu squares, cabbage and more––the perfect winter pick-me-up.
Where: Steveston Seafood House, 3951 Moncton Street, Richmond
There’s fierce competition among some city chefs to create the most fortifying chowder––that hot and hearty bowl of fishy goodness that looks like a starter but can fill you for the rest of the day. We’ve tried several local options over the years, but we often find ourselves daydreaming about the utterly delicious Steveston Seafood House version, a creamy elixir bobbling with juicy local-catch treats.
Where: Lamajoun, #128-11782 River Road, Richmond
This hidden gem Armenian bakery café in East Richmond is a must-try at any time of year. But in winter, its famously friendly welcome is the perfect complement to an array of scrumptious, chill-busting dishes. On the coldest days, we recommend pide basturma, a hearty pastry ‘boat’ filled with cheese, cured beef and egg. Really hungry? Add a piping hot bowl of chunky lamb soup.
Baked Pork Chop
Where: Mambo Cafe, Aberdeen Centre Food Court, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
The upper floor food court at Aberdeen Centre offers a massive menu of international winter-tackling dishes. But our go-to is the hugely hearty Baked Pork Chop at the ever-busy Mambo Cafe counter. It’s a perfectly fortifying fusion of cheesy, saucy, gloopy goodness––packed with rice, veggies and a large hunk of meat. Still cold outside? Add a creamy cup of hot, sweet Hong Kong tea to-go.
Where: Little Mexico Cantina, 150-3131 Chatham Street, Richmond
Keen to turn your back on wintry B.C.? Head to Mexico––or Steveston’s Little Mexico Cantina, to be precise. This friendly charmer serves up a taste-tripping menu of authentic regional Mexican dishes, which means your taste buds will feel like they’re vacationing at a balmy beach. We recommend diving into the restaurant’s award-winning tacos––plus a nicely spiced bowl of hot tortilla soup.
Where: Samsoonie Noodle & Rice, 8211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
This warm and chatty city centre joint specializes in well-priced Korean comfort food. Hearty ramen and hotpot bowls are popular here, but we especially love their home-style dolsot bibimbap. A traditional Korean dish served in a stone bowl, it includes a generous portion of rice topped with beef, lots of veggies and an egg––plus a side bowl of miso soup to ensure you’re feeling extra-toasty.
Baghali Polo Ba Gosht
Where: Anar, 12051 Third Avenue, Richmond
Tucked into a cozy Steveston Village heritage building, this family-run restaurant specializes in made-with-love Persian dishes. You’ll find temptingly transportive menu options such as ghormeh sabzi and saffron rice cake with chicken. But to really beat the winter chills, go straight for the deliciously filling baghali polo ba ghosht––velvety, slow-cooked lamb shank served with fava beans and basmati dill rice.
Creamy Curry Udon
Where: Yuu Japanese Tapas, 1118-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
There’s a cozy izakaya feel to this popular Japanese eatery where perfectly-prepared ramen is a staple for many wintertime diners. But our go-to chilly day dish at Yuu is the creamy curry udon: thick noodles in a silky curry sauce topped with a belly-filling swirl of super-smooth mashed potato. Served with a side of crunchy prawn tempura, it’s a perfectly fortifying cold-season feast.
Last Updated on December 5, 2022 by Tourism Richmond