Best Places to Get Chinese Food in Vancouver

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Vancouver is a haven for foodies. Considering that 43 percent of Metro Vancouver residents have an Asian background, there are hundreds of restaurants that offer authentic Asian cuisine. With so many different spots to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, especially when it comes to Chinese food.

However, where there is rich culture, there is rich, soul-satisfying, and delicious grub. In fact, some food critics believe that Vancouver has some of the best Chinese food in the world! Check out these delectable Chinese food restaurants in the city.

Kam Wai Dim Sum

Location: 249 Pender Street East, Vancouver
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Dim Sum is a style of Chinese cuisine similar to Spanish tapas – small, bite-sized authentic Chinese dishes are served in small steamer baskets and typically include beef, chicken, pork, prawns, and vegetables. Kam Wai Dim Sum sells hot and fresh dim sum as well as frozen dim sum that you can take home. Although Kam Wai Dim Sum is technically not a restaurant, it’s located in the heart of Chinatown and has some of the cheapest dim sum in the city. Shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork buns, and veggie dumplings are just some of menu options.  This is a great place to be if you want to experience true Chinese culture.



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Location: 3190 Cambie St, Vancouver
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Hot pot is a popular Chinese cuisine that has roots in Vancouver. Akin to fondue, hot pot is an ancient Chinese cooking method that is prepared by placing a variety of ingredients into hot stock right at the table. Nabebugyo is a well-known Chinese restaurant that specializes in personalized hot pot dishes. If you’re needing a little warmth on a chilly winter evening, be sure to check out their menu which includes Thai Coconut Soup, Kimchi Hot Pot, or Sukiyaki – one of the most popular hot pot dishes in Asia.

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Ugly Dumpling


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Location: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Don’t let the name fool you – Ugly Dumpling serves anything but dumplings that are ugly. Opened in October 2018, Ugly Dumpling has earned its spot on Commercial Drive thanks to the restaurant’s fresh and authentic menu. Known for using unconventional ingredients, decent prices, and a nice wine list to top it off, Ugly Dumpling is a must-visit.

Peaceful Restaurant

Location: 532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Since 1997, Peaceful Restaurant has been a foodie favourite in Vancouver. Heck, even Guy Fieri loves the place. The restaurant, which has six locations across Metro Vancouver, is owned and operated by Charlie Huang – a master chef who has some serious talent when it comes to Chinese culinary arts. Also known for great dim sum, Peaceful Restaurant is dominating Vancouver’s noodle scene. Order the Dan-Dan Noodle or the Mu Shu Stir Fried Noodles if you’re looking for a yummy, hand-pulled noodle dish.

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Gain Wah Restaurant


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Location: 218 Keefer St, Vancouver
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

If you’re in need of some cheap and delicious Chinese food in Vancouver’s downtown core, Gain Wah is a great place to check out. Their seven-page menu is packed with authentic Chinese cuisine, from barbeque specialties like BBQ duck and roast pork, to lo mein and chow mein, and an abundance of different congee dishes. With generous portions, affordable prices and an extensive menu list, we guarantee you’ll be back for more!

Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House

Location: 3163 Main St, Vancouver
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

If you’ve never had congee before, prepare to sink your teeth into one of Asia’s most popular dishes. Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House offers a wide selection of this savoury rice porridge that is often served with additional ingredients like meat and fish or it can be eaten on its own. Regardless, it’s silky smooth and packed with flavour. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House has a ton of other menu options that you can comfortably dine-in to eat or take hometry their rice dishes, delicious vegetarian options, or noodle soups. Bonus: it’s open until 2:00 a.m. and even offers a late-night option for all you midnight snackers!


Chinatown BBQ


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Location: 130 E Pender St, Vancouver
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Chinatown BBQ serves traditional Chinese barbeque and award-winning curry dishes in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. The menu is simple, affordable, and incredibly delicious. Customers can choose between grilling one or two items – like BBQ pork and soy chicken, roasted pork and BBQ duck – or opt into the BBQ meat platter. There’s even a menu option called the four treasures chef’s plate if you’re looking for something inspired by their kitchen, filled with traditionally trained chefs. If barbeque isn’t your thing, the curry beef brisket is mouth-wateringly good.

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James on Hastings Chinese Restaurant


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Location: 2683 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

If you live in Vancouver’s East Village, you’ve got to take a visit to James. The place is constantly packed, and it’s no wonder, considering the taste and quality of the food. James, the owner of the restaurant is almost always there either helping out in the kitchen or sharing a shot of Baijiu with customers. The prices are reasonable considering the serving sizes, which could easily be split between two or three people. Eggplant in black bean sauce, curry prawns on rice, egg foo yung, and fried rice are just a few of the things on the extensive menu.

Before you embark on this authentic Chinese food crawl, remember the most important rule: wear stretchy pants y’all. And, if you’re already a Chinese food connoisseur in Vancouver, voting is now open for the 11th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. Click here to nominate your favourite Chinese food spot in Vancouver to help put local restaurants on the map!