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Some like it hot -- spicy Chinese food options proliferate in Vancouver area

grayelf Jun 12, 2013 08:56 AM

A recent foray into Richmond for Sichuan got me thinking about how lucky we are here to have so many choices. Sichuan and Hunan places are popping up on Kingsway right out to Burnaby, new ones joining old favourites. Here's a link to an essential guide for locals and visitors: http://urbandiner.ca/2013/04/23/kings...

What is your favourite place to get your ma la on?

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  1. LotusRapper Jun 12, 2013 09:15 AM

    Being of Cantonese heritage, I'm a ma-la weenie :-D so anything over mild/med spicy ain't my cup of tea. But the expanding landscape of Sichuan/Hunan restaurants in Metro Van is a good thing.

    A few years back, Ben embarked on a journey to discover local restaurants that showcased the fabric of the 8GTCC (8 traditions of the Chinese cuisine). It was a fab piece of work he did:

    http://chowtimes.com/2010/01/07/eight-great-traditions-of-chinese-cuisine/

    asterisk'd ones are the 4 major regional cuisines:

    Anhui
    Cantonese *
    Fujian
    Hunan
    Jiangsu (Huaiyang) *
    Shandong *
    Sichuan *
    Zhejiang

    Even though we made it to eating 3 cuisines out of the 8, the series was fun and educational.

    http://chowtimes.com/2010/04/01/the-e...

    .

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    1. re: LotusRapper
      grayelf Jun 12, 2013 09:53 AM

      Yeah, sad that Ben never got past three. I was signed up to do Fujian, IIRC and you were going to do Zhejiang.

      I think Alvin Garden is still my favourite for Hunan, though it's been too long since I've been (the SO goes more frequently for lunch). Nine Dishes and Kalvin's make me happy for Sichuan dishes, though of course both are not strictly Sichuanese. S&W Pepperhouse in Richmond was my top pick but alas it closed last year. Still more (and more coming, it seems) to try...

      1. re: LotusRapper
        fmed Jun 12, 2013 04:48 PM

        That 8 Traditions categorization has long been anachronistic. The landscape is probably better represented with a more simplified Four Schools http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_... plus the Autonomous regions (Islamic Western cuisines and Tibetan, etc) plus Taiwanese.

        1. re: fmed
          LotusRapper Jun 12, 2013 06:42 PM

          ".... plus the Autonomous regions (Islamic Western cuisines and Tibetan, etc) plus Taiwanese."

          Prolly not in the eyes of Beijing, 'tho ;-)

          1. re: LotusRapper
            fmed Jun 12, 2013 10:19 PM

            "Autonomous regions" is Beijing's own hypocritical term for these areas.

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