Bacon and eggs have nothing on pork buns and egg custard tarts. Switch it up at brunch by indulging in dim sum at one of Vancouver’s best spots for small Chinese plates.
Jade Seafood Restaurant
The mushroom dumplings – a winning dish at the Chinese Restaurant Awards – are worth the trip on the Canada Line. Each dumpling variety has a different wrapper, so you best sample them all. 8511 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, 604-249-0082.
Sun Sui Wah
Local seafood fresh from the aquarium tanks plus precise Cantonese cooking equals tasty tidbits like prawn dumplings topped with Dungeness crab. For a sweet finish, try the baked tapioca pudding. 3888 Main St., 604-872-8822.
Empire Chinese Cuisine
Chinese-Canadians tend to fill this spot before noon, hungry for the huge variety of dim sum. Don’t miss the deep-fried seafood dumplings and Chinese doughnut rice roll. 8251 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, 604-303-9780.
For a sophisticated setting and seasonal dim sum, put on your Sunday best and slide into this spiffy spot. With the menu changing regularly, ask your server for the chef’s recommendations. 555 West 12th Ave., 604-879-8038; 102–1166 Alberni St., 604-682-8833.
Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House
Serving the city’s top Northern Chinese dim sum, you’ll find choices like Chinese Restaurant Award-winning chicken fenpi salad and Xiao Long Bao, which Condé Nast Traveler deemed the best dumpling in the world. 1537 West Broadway, 604-733-9696.
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