Everyone talks about Hong Kong having the best Chinese food in the world, well I’m going to debate that and say RICHMOND, BC is just as good and only a 2hr flight from San Francisco.
For most of us, Hong Kong is WAY too far to travel to when you’re craving dumplings or authentic hand-pulled noodles (drools).
Now if you’re a true foodie like me, I’d do a quick weekend trip to Richmond (home of Vancouver’s airport), and make a pit stop in Richmond for some bomb ass Asian food. In fact, 80% of the population in Richmond is Asian, and 50% of those people are Chinese. With those stats, you’re pretty much flying into Asia.
I highly recommend booking a night at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel, so as SOON as you head off the plane, you drop off your bags at the Fairmont, and head straight out for a foodie adventure #NoTimeToWaste =p
Located in The Richmond Public Market, is an open-air food hall that features everything from Taiwanese popcorn chicken to bubble tea and more. Go to Xi’An Cuisine for a bowl of hand-pulled noodles in lamb soup, spicy dumplings and lamb skewers.
The owner makes them fresh every order and you can watch him work his magic unfold from behind the counter.
BTW these hand-pulled lamb noodles are only $7 usd!! Can you believe it?? They’re just as good as the ones from my recent HK trip!
And the dumplings… OMG. Spicy, delicious and mouthwatering.
Address: 8260 Westminster Highway
TO HOT HOT POT
For an amazing dinner experience, head over to To Hot Hot Pot (what a name! lol)
I met up with local Vancouver foodies and we had the meal of a lifetime. If you guys know me and follow along on IG stories, you’d know that I’m OBSESSED with hot pot. I get it all the time in San Francisco. In fact, I’d go as far as calling myself a hot pot connoisseur.
It’s basically where you order a bunch of food and you throw it into a boiling pot of broth.
Anndd… let’s just say that To Hot Hot Pot puts SF to shame.
Most hot pot places are “All you can eat,” but To Hot Hot Pot serves a la carte options. They have a “Service” button on the side of your table, so all you have to do is push it when you’re ready for your next entrée.
The prices are higher and your bill can easily add up, but the quality of meat and freshness of veggies is unparalleled to anything I’ve had in SF.
Address: 8171 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3K1, Canada
Not only does Richmond have amazing Chinese food, you can find all types of Asian cuisine here. Like this new Vietnamese spot called Bánh Mì Très Bon.
It’s an authentic Vietnamese restaurant that specializes in traditional Banh Mi and pho (noodle soup).
If you aren’t familiar with pho, it’s one of my favorite things to eat when it’s gets chilly at night. Their golden broth can only be created by simmering beef bones for hours, while adding freshly toasted onions, ginger, and a variety of spices.
My favorites here are:
3 mini banh-mi sandwich sampler: meatball, cold cut, chicken:
Phở Très Bon: Beef tenderloin & meatball noodle soup:
Grilled Pork & Spring Roll Vermicelli Bowl:
For more foodie recs in Richmond, check out THIS post.
ACTIVITIES IN RICHMOND:
The Richmond Olympic Oval is the most interactive Olympic museum in North America.
One of my favorite activities we did on this trip was climb up this 44 foot ROCK CLIMBING WALL to work off all those noodles!
If rock climbing isn’t your thing, go check out the Olympic Experience (same location). You can experience Olympic sport simulators, each developed so that you can experience what a world-class athlete experiences as they compete on the international stage.
Fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, or zip along at incredible speeds on an Olympic bobsleigh track.
Bike to Steveston
Just outside the Richmond Olympic Oval is a biking trail that leads all the way to Steveston Village.
On a side note, have you guys seen Once Upon A Time on ABC??? I’m obsessed with that show and THIS is where the show takes place!
The bike ride can take between 30-40 minutes depending on how fast you ride. We definitely stopped for a few photo ops along the way!
When you arrive at Steveston Village, head straight to The Juice Shop for an acai bowl or a refreshing fruit smoothie. Be sure to also check out the two National Historic Sites – The Gulf of Georgia Cannery and The Britannia Shipyards.
I hope you guys enjoy your time in Richmond. Stay tuned for my Vancouver food guide!