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Apr 25, 2009 06:30 PM

What snack do you buy and eat before you get home (van)?

There's a Chinese bakery on MacDonald St across from the drivers license place that has the best dumplings filled with bitter greens, ready to eat, usually around lunch time. They are best if you take them home and heat them up and give them a quick dip in some ginger soy concoction, but often half the pack is gone before I get there. Last week I was too early for them and had flat pastries filled with radish (daikon?) that were even more irresistible. No time to heat or gussy up.

What delicacies do you pick up around town?

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  1. I like snacking on feta-stuffed olives from Parthenon Greek grocery store on W. Broadway.

    Pork buns from Maxim's bakery in Chinatown. We usually end up opening the box on the drive home.

    1. Pork Jerky from Bee Kim Heng.

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      1. re: fmed

        Nice one, fmed, I concur :-). And how about Beard Papa??

        1. re: grayelf

          A box doesn't even make it to the parking lot.

        2. re: fmed

          I have a weakness for savoury. Where's Bee Kim Heng?

          1. re: waver

            On Fraser St

            Bee Kim Heng Beef & Pork Jerky Ltd
            4194 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5V, CA

            1. re: fmed

              Do you ever buy the big bags of trimmings? It's the charred bits they cut from the sheets of jerky. It's the only thing I buy from there...

              1. re: smel

                I have....but they don't often have any probably beat me to it!

        3. The Portuguese style egg tarts or a coconut filled cocktail bun from Michelle's Cake shop on West Boulevard or the spicy Indian Candy from Long Liner Seafood on Granville Island...

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          1. re: balini

            Egg tarts! They go down so easy...and gone by the time we get home.

            Another weakeness for me is the many weird, chemically-tasting Japanese candies that we get from Fujiya.

            1. re: fmed

              Oh yes, egg tarts barely make it to the car.
              I have a weakness for bbq pork too (ordered half fat/half skinny erring on the skinny side). I usually need to order at least half a pound because half the pack gets eaten on the drive home!
              And my ultimate favorite, "old wives cakes" or low poh beng from Kam Doh bakery on Alexandria in Richmond. Half a dozen in a day easy because the flaky pastry just isn't nearly as good as fresh from the bakery! It would be a sin to waste that flakiness. :o)

              1. re: bdachow

                OMG, I've forgotten about those old wives cake from Kam Do. Are they still tasty like before??

                1. re: gourmet wife

                  Most definitely. Everytime I pass through Vancouver, I have to stop and get a half dozen to bring home. Flaky pastry, not too sweet filling and perfectly chewy and tender. And nice and warm from the bakery...ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

            2. re: balini

              My son loves the maple salmon from the same place.

            3. I have a weakness for pastry so I'm into the Copenhagens from Casa De Pane in Port Moody. Crunchy flakey on the bottom with almond (marzipan?) and custard then more flakey pastry on top. With strong Turkish style coffee. Oi!

              1. Oh, those little waffle "chicken eggs" from the chinese vendors. They're totally gone within seconds =)

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                1. re: gourmet wife

                  Ooh... good call. I completely agree on the chicken egg waffles.... though I don't really consider them a snack meant to be taken home as they're best fresh, warm and crispy.

                  1. re: gourmet wife

                    Ah yes, love those. There's always such a long line for them. But the wait is so worth it. Slightly sweet, crispy and light. Sigh...