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Aug 21, 2000 09:32 AM

Vancouver -- Help!

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Have a very brief business trip to Vancouver planned, and would greatly appreciate recommendations in two categories:

1) Anything particularly UNIQUE. This might include regional specialties, famous diners, must-do burger/take-out joints, or specific "Canadian" dishes, not readily found in the US.

2) Dim Sum.


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  1. C'mon now folks...I know there are lots of Vancouver-savvy hounds out there!! How 'bout some pointers on Vanc-specific foods/restaurants, as well as Chinatown/dim sum....

    Hey, if "Evil Richard" can win Survivor, surely even lil ol' *ME* can draw a response on this....!! :>

    12 Replies
    1. re: Jim Wong

      50 hits if you use "search"

      1. re: jen kalb

        ....most of them, not surprisingly, on our Canada message board.

      2. re: Jim Wong

        I agree with Jen's suggestion to use Chowhound's search function (located in the upper right hand corner of the main board) to locate the numerous previous posts (including mine) on Vancouver restaurants.

        Regarding places for dim sum in Vancouver, Grand King Seafood, Sun Sui Wah, Kirin Mandarin, Szechwan Chongqing, Victoria Chinese, Imperial (upscale place in art-deco building with a terrific view and good dim sum to boot), and Fortune House are among the best in Vancouver. Much of the dim sum in Vancouver is ordered off a menu; Sun Sui Wah serves off of carts.

        There are quite a few web sites providing reviews and information on Vancounver restaurants. I've provided a link below to one site that provides links to other sites, and will, in a separate post, provide another site with even more links. (I don't know how to provide more than one link on a post, so will do two separate posts.)


        1. re: Tom Armitage

          Here's another web site with links to reviews and information about restaurants in Vancouver, B.C.


          1. re: Tom Armitage

            Thanks, Tom, there's a lot to those links, and I'm still wading through them (see my post under Jen, tho). Haven't quite found anything "local" on there yet, though...I was hoping for some odd Canadian food unheard of this side of the border. Not any "Vancouver scene" akin to the "Belltown scene", but rather some unique SANDWICH or STEW or ODDBALL 7-11 SNACK...that is a "must-have".

            Had that experience in Quebec, and I hear it might even be possible in Victoria (BC). But ppl tell me that Vancouver is "just SF with caribou". Hmmmm.

            Hey, is that dim sum list from your personal experience, or were those also plucked off of websites?

            Thanks again!

            1. re: Jim Wong

              "I was hoping for some odd Canadian food unheard of this side of the border."

              I don't know of any, Jim. Given the influences on the culinary culture in British Columbia, it seems unlikely, except perhaps for some purely local oddity, like the Oki dog in Los Angeles. There may well be similar local oddities in Vancouver, B.C., but I'm not aware of them.

              1. re: Tom Armitage

                Funny you should mention that... In Honolulu, one of the odder "fusion" items is the "andadog" -- andagi (Okinawan donuts) wrapped around a hot dog. I forget whether it was just the local TERM for a corn dog, or whether it was actually a different (Oki) taste.

                When I got to LA, I saw these Oki Dogs, and **ASSUMED** they were the same thing. Got into a big discussion with one of the guys, asked him how on earth they came to have Okinawan take-out in the middle of Watts. The puzzled guy informed me that the name came from "OK" or "Oki-dokie" or something like that.


                1. re: Jim Wong

                  For another take on the origin of "Oki dog, see the link below. It's from the Chicago board in response to a discussion Jonathan Gold and I were having about criticizing a dish for having too many ingredients. I have absolutely no idea whether the origin of "Oki dog" is "Smoki dog" as the poster in the link below suggests. You might enjoy backing up in the thread linked below for more discussion of the "Oki dog."


                  1. re: Tom Armitage

                    Hmmm...methinks he's being sarcastic, but the next time I'm home, I'm gonna go have a look for obvious gaps on the sign frame. Maybe it WAS smoki...all I know is that we all use the term "Oki" to mean Okinawan, and suddenly I was faced with a surprise meaning. Would be like finding "tempura" in a stand so-named because it is TEMPORARY...or "natto-maki", in a place "not too" good....

                    1. re: Jim Wong

                      > Would be like finding "tempura" in a stand so-named because it is TEMPORARY...or "natto-maki", in a place "not too" good...

                      Actually, I did see "Chile Dogs" at a South American festival once.

                      1. re: Jim Wong

                        Oki Dog was so named because it was run by a family from Okinawa--a family that still, I believe, runs the one true remaining Oki Dog, on Pico near La Brea. Neither the Western Avenue nor the Fairfax Okis were affiliated with the original, although I believe the Fairfax branch may have been officially sanctioned for a time. And I've got to get me a pastrami burrito this week--it's been way too long.

                        1. re: Pepper

                          Ah the Oki Dog... years ago I ate there a number of times- but I remember it being on Vine, maybe my memory is at fault. The master chef told us upon inquiry that the family was named Oki. Very colorful prostitutes, potted plants on the verge of dangerous mutations, a frankfurter swaddled in tortilla and swimming in a sauce that looked like diarrhea but tasted divine.