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Vancouver Dining: Asian Cuisine At Its Best

By Travel Savvy

Did you know that Vancouver is among Canada's most ethnically diverse cities? Particularly, this dynamic metropolis is home to an impressive population of Hong Kong Chinese and one of the largest Chinatowns in all of North America. Naturally you'll find plenty of must-try Asian cuisine all over the downtown area. Check out our favorite places to explore the flavors of Asia in Vancouver here.

Japadog 1

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Burrard & Smithe Street (Original Downtown Location)


Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30AM - 11:00PM; Friday and Saturday 11:00AM - 1:00AM

What do you get when you cross traditional Japanese flavors with the beloved comfort food that is the hot dog? An ingenious invention that you'll want to eat again and again, that's what. Japadog began in 2005 when an ambitious couple moved from Japan to Vancouver in the hopes of opening a famous food stand -- and they did. Today, they have five locations in Vancouver and two locations in California, each serving a delicious variety of their unique hot dogs. The winner of the dog show, though, is definitely their signature Terimayo hot dog, which features Teriyaki sauce, mayo and seaweed. You can pick it up at any of their locations.

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Dinesty Dumpling House

1719 Robson Street (Downtown Location)


Open Monday through Friday 11:00AM - 3:00PM & 5:00PM - 10:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM - 10:00PM

Dumpling lovers -- head to the famous Vancouver thoroughfare, Robson Street, and make your way to Dinesty Dumpling House for a dish of doughy goodness. This popular eatery opened a flagship location in Richmond, Canada in 2006, then a 2nd one here in Vancouver in '13.

Passerbys can watch through the street window as chefs turn out tray after tray of skillfully made pot stickers and soup dumplings...the latter in particular. These little savory purses have consistently been praised by everyone from Eater to Open Table, and earned the Diners' Choice Award for "Best Xiao Long Bao." 

Kirin Dim Sum 3

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1172 Alberni Street (Downtown Location)


Open Monday through Friday 11:00AM - 2:30PM and 5:00PM - 10:30PM; Saturday and Sunday 10:00AM - 2:30PM and 5:00PM - 10:30PM

With three coveted Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards including "Best Upscale Chinese," "Best Dim Sum" and "Lifetime Achievement Award" under its belt, Kirin has established itself among the best in fine Chinese Cuisine. Their first location opened its doors in Downtown, Vancouver in 1987 and has been serving up Northern Chinese Cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local seafood ever since. However, they also have skilled Cantonese chefs that serve up some of the best dim sum in the area! Check out their menu options here.

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SURA Korean Cuisine

1518 Robson Street


Open Sunday through Saturday 11:00AM - 3:30PM and 5:00PM - 10:30PM

Located in the heart of Downtown, Vancouver, you will find multi-award-winning restaurant, SURA Korean Cuisine. The restaurant recently won its most prestigious award -- Best Korean Winner of Georgia Straight 20th Annual Golden Plates 2017 -- making it a must-go-to place in Canada (as if it wasn't already). The carefully designed modern interior fuses nicely with a traditional Korean atmosphere, creating an upscale, sophisticated environment. Like the interior aesthetic, the cuisine is a combination traditional and contemporary Korean flavors. Check out their delectable menu here.  


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