If there is one thing Vancouver does well, its Chinese food. Some say the best outside of Asia. I have been eating Chinese food all my life so why does this blog contain so few reviews? One reason may be that unless its absolutely horrible (think mall food), Chinese food in Vancouver is always good…enough. You could probably choose one at random and it will be ok. Also, I tend to go to places where my family has been going for a long time so I never really put much thought into exploring other places. Until now.
The usual places we go to downtown have deteriorated – service and food quality wise. Enter Dynasty Seafood which is just outside of downtown. Its phenomenal. I never usually think of Chinese food this way, its a staple for me; but this place you have to try and here is what you should order.
Crab fried in salty duck egg. If you have had the Irwin’s duck egg potato chips then you know what I am talking about.
Black cod hot pot with black bean and green onion. The cod is so buttery and full of aromas from the green onion. The texture is slightly crunchy on the outside. A PERFECT bite.
Short rib with black truffle sauce. I’m not sure if black truffle is used in traditional Chinese cooking or not, but this beef is so tender and the sauce is so good, you will be in heaven eating this.
(another beef dish not picture that you have to try is the beef shank in sweet sauce; the beef is perfectly tender and fatty; the sauce incredible)
Chicken salted fish fried rice – reminds me of childhood. This fried rice is done right. You will be able to taste the seasoning from the wok. A lot of fried rice these days lacks this wok seasoning taste.
There were a couple of other dishes we had too, but they were just ok. The above are outstanding. The best part about this place is the service. It is unusually VERY good which is rare in many Chinese restaurants. The servers will talk proudly about the food and it shows. Needless to say, I will be back often.