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Known as the Asian food capital of North America, Vancouver is a culinary Disneyland for any fan of Asian cuisine. With so many options, it's essential to know where to find the best (and sometimes overlooked) spots when travelling to the bustling seaport city. 

 

Thai

Consistently named 'Best Thai Restaurant' since 2009, Maenam was opened by native Vancouverite Angus An who trained at the world’s first Michelin-starred Thai restaurant under chef David Thompson. This small venue in the heart of Kitsilano has a cosy and friendly neighbourhood feel. All dishes respect Thai cuisine’s masterful balance of sweet, salty and spicy, and Maenam takes pride in using locally sourced, sustainable products. Favourites include a fiery, crunchy som dtam green papaya salad, and if you’re a fan of pad Thai, Maenam imports a rare tamarind syrup for their sauce.

1938 W 4th Ave

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Japanese

Vancouver offers an abundance of excellent sushi from high-end options like Tojo’s and Miku to hole-in-the-walls like Sushi Maki and Guu. If you're looking for something a more off-the-grid, head to the newly reopened Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (formerly known as Zest Japanese Cuisine). Yuwa is a hidden gem, extremely popular with the locals, that dishes out traditional Japanese cuisine in a small yet formal restaurant. Thankfully though, you now have a better chance of getting a table as the new design offers 45 seats, a significant increase from Zest's original 20. 

2775 W 16th Ave, Vancouver 

 

Chinese

With rave reviews across the board, it's no wonder Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is one of Vancouver's most beloved and awarded restaurants in recent years. Tucked away in the once-bustling Chinatown neighbourhood, the food isn’t authentic Chinese, instead inspired from traditional cuisine. The roasted suckling pork congee is a must with the youtiao (Chinese donut), served with condensed milk caramel, ginger and palm sugar soymilk, to finish off the meal.

163 Keefer St

 

Cambodian / Vietnamese

Phnom Penh has potential to take the title of most blogged about restaurant in Vancouver. The reason? Their famously sweet, savory and slightly crunchy chicken wings. Although not a particularly glamorous restaurant, Phnom Penh always has a line down the street with customers waiting to get a taste of their famous wings. We can also highly recommend the hot and sour soup with prawns, salt & pepper squid, green papaya salad with beef jerky, and, of course, the iced Vietnamese coffee.

44 E Georgia St