6) Peaceful Noodle
There are a couple Peaceful Noodle locations, but they are not created equal. I recommend the location on East Broadway. The belle of the ball at this place has got to be any one of the Xi’an style hand shaved noodle dishes. Yum!
7) Aberdeen Centre mall food court
To get a glimpse of why Vancouver is somewhat controversially called Hong-couver, you need to get out to Richmond, and you need to get over to the Aberdeen Centre mallwhich feels like it was constructed in Hong Kong and delivered via spaceship to British Columbia. The mall itself is great fun, but my favorite part is the food court, simply teeming with cheap eats produced by small, local businesses. My favorite places are the Juice bar where I order a fresh papaya milkshake and the nearby Japanese restaurant.
8) Vij’s Rangoli
If you want much of the quality of the world famous, but expensive Vij’s, for half of the price, simply come next door to Vij’s Rangoli, where you will find refrigerators filled with Vij’s prepackaged curries, but also a small, yet varied sit down menu. My recommendation here is to bring a book, order the chai (it is $3.00, but refills are included), and split a curried dahl with a friend. Vij’s Rangoli is located at 1488 W. 11th Ave., just off of Granville St.
9) University Place Food Court
If you are a university student or simply still feel like one or inexplicably have the desire to be around a bunch of somewhat immature UBC students, then you must bring yourself to the University Place food court located on Allison Road. Wonders abound, but my recommendation is to bee-line it for the little Chinese place called Wo Jia(my home) directly at the end of the food court across from the doors. Get one of the 2 or 3 item combos. I recommend going with the steamed rice and ordering the spicy tofu and whatever else suits your fancy. A trick here is that if you order a combo, you can then get a cold soy milk for only one dollar. If you order the spicy tofu, or any of the spicy dishes, you will need it!
10) Sunny Spot Café
This place is a gem that may one day be priced out of its steadily gentrifying Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Located on SE Main St., just 3 blocks from my Bohemian chic apartment and 2 blocks south of Broadway, this little outpost of Xi’an style food boasts fresh hand-made noodles (sometimes even per order) and handmade Xi’an style bread. The best dish here by far are the Biang Biang noodles which come with pork, beef, or solely vegetables. Of the places on the list, this one is by far my favorite!
Submitted by: Ishtar. Ishtar is a writer, editor, and researcher of many topics. His skills have been honed in and out of the University system, where he studied of Philosophy, History, and Economics. You can find more of his work on his blog awakened living.