Posts Tagged ‘Chinese Restaurant Awards’

It’s Chinese New Year (CNY) a couple of weeks ago, and us Chinese know how to celebrate — eat, feast, and repeat. Of course, there are many regional Chinese New Year traditions throughout China, and being from HK, the HK tradition is what I’m most familiar with. On New Year’s Eve I was invited to a feast with food expert Lee Man, and it just heightened my appreciation for my culture.

Calling it a feast, obviously it was a multi-course dinner with an abundance of food. We are all about good meanings 意頭 when it comes to choosing the dishes or even naming them for CNY. On Instagram I showed a glimpse of what that means with the CNY dinner made by Mama Lam this year. It’s being realized here once again at Golden Paramount in Richmond.


“Togetherness” is one of the main reasons for CNY celebrations so families often take the opportunity to gather together and dine out during CNY. For that, the restaurant was hustling and bustling and it’s just full of energy! It was a late dinner for us (7:45pm start) and the room was still full and more were being seated as our dinner progressed. And here’s our menu, some background about them, and what they symbolize:
Pan Fried Oysters – Oysters are a homonym for “good”, indicating good luck for the upcoming year. Traditionally we eat dried oysters because it means “good business” 好市 but it does have a more distinctive fishy taste to it and not everyone likes it. This was a Chinese Restaurant Award winner.

Pan Fried Oysters
Pepah Tofu – Fried food is usually in a golden colour so it symbolizes gold and fortune. The tofu here is shaped into a Chinese lute, Pipa. Fun fact: I learned to play the Pipa when I was in middle school in HK. Not easy to master but it was fun to play. This was later extended to my involvement with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Pepah Tofu
Crab Meat and Fish Maw Soup – At a CNY feast you would want to serve some luxurious items.



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21 winners of the Chinese Restaurant Awards 2016 Diners’ Choice Awards were announced yesterday. New this year are the following five categories, where four social media personalities will also crown their Social Media Choice Awards on March 2, 2016.

Diners’ Choice Awards 2016

Best Mango Sago with Pomelo/Grapefruit 楊枝甘露
Mango Yummy
6564 No.3 Road, Richmond

Best Hong Kong Style Roast Duck 燒鴨
Parker Fresh Meat
1020-4380 No.3 Road, Richmond

Best Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice 台式滷肉飯
Memory Corner
6900 No.3 Road, Richmond

Best Shanghai-Style Drunken Chicken 上海醉雞
Shanghai Morning Restaurant
#125-8291 Alexandra Road, Richmond

Best Sichuan Water-Boiled Fish 四川水煮魚
New Spicy Chili Restaurant
160-4200 No.3 Road, Richmond

2016 Chinese Restaurant Awards Diners' Choice Awards

Photos by Sherman’s Food Adventures

And here are the rest of the winners for the Diners’ Choice Awards: (more…)

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As you know, for about 2 months I was out and about eating at many Chinese restaurants in Lower Mainland to help discover the best restaurants for the Chinese Restaurant Awards. If you are following our Twitter and Instagram feed you would see pictures of some of the places I visited, without leaving you a clue of what I thought about the food. Well, it’s secret no more! Together with Sherman, Chloe and Jesse, here are the results of the Food Bloggers’ Choice Awards.

Food Bloggers’ Choice Winners

Best Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) 蝦餃
Yue Delicacy 鮑粵軒

Shrimp Dumpling, Yue Delicacy

Best Five-spice Beef Wrapped in Pancake 大餅夾牛肉
Long’s Noodle House 小龍記麵家

Five-spice Beef Wrap, Long's Noodle House

Best Tea-smoked Duck 樟茶鴨
Shanghai Elan Restaurant 上海粗菜館


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The Chinese Restaurant Awards has returned for its 7th year. From now till February 18, 2015, you can nominate your favourite Chinese restaurant in each of the 21 categories of the Diners’ Choice Awards. The organizer will then list the top 20 nominees of each category, and the general public can vote for their favourite between February 19 and March 22, 2015. Every year the organizer adds new dishes to the award program to allow the dining public to discover new restaurants and new favourite dishes. The 5 new categories are: Best Har Gow, Best Five-Spice Beef Wrapped in Chinese Pancake, Best Tea-smoked Duck, Best Three-Cup Chicken, and Best Original-Flavour Egg Waffle.

2015 Chinese Restaurant Awards

Photos from Chinese Restaurant Awards and Mayowill Photography

New this year is also the addition of the Food Bloggers Choice Awards. Four bloggers, two English and two Chinese bloggers, were invited to submit their favourite of the 5 new award categories. The restaurants that receive the most votes will be the winners of the Food Bloggers’ Choice Awards.

The best part of this announcement? I’m one of the food bloggers judging the Food Bloggers’ Choice Awards! (more…)


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Recently published are two diners’ choice awards: Golden Plates Awards and the Chinese Restaurant Awards. You may not agree with what other diners picked, but hey, we all have an opinion don’t we? That’s how the whole food blogging “business” started anyways.

Golden Plates Awards

Voted by readers of the Georgia Straight, 2010 marks the 13th year of this annual program. Readers can vote in six categories which are further broken down into small groups and by geographical locations. Winners include Maenam for Best New West Side and Best Thai, Chambar for Best Atmosphere, Best Continental, and Best Pre-Theatre Restaurant, Japadog for Best Hot Dog Vendor, Blue Water Café for Best Seafood and Best Fish, and Thomas Haas for Best Bakery (Pastries).

For a list of award winners, visit Georgia Straight’s website.

Chinese Restaurant Awards

The 2nd annual Chinese Restaurant Awards include two components: Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards and Diners’ Choice Awards. For the latter component, winners include Empire Chinese Cuisine for Best Cantonese Dim Sum and Congee Noodle House for Best Congee Restaurant (Mr. and I have been there a few times for the last several months).

Visit their website for the list of winners in both programs.

Now, how many of the winning restaurants have you visited?

Happy eating,


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