You don't need to fly to Bangalore or Beijing to sample the best of Asian dining, shopping, and culture. We have it all right here
This suburb of Vancouver is home to Asian supermalls and Canada's largest Chinese population. Dim sum? Noodle houses? Seafood places? All here.
Saint Germain Bakery. One bite of the "pineapple" red bean bun will turn you on to Chinese sweets. The eggy dough is filled with nutty bean paste and topped with a sweet streusel. $ U.S.; Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way; 604/276-8378.
Empire Seafood Restaurant. Hit this place up for the best dim sum. The har gow (shrimp dumpling) is elegant with sweet shrimp inside. The best part is the dim sum dessert: three-bite golden egg tarts. $$ U.S.; 7997 Westminster Hwy.; 604/249-0080.
HK B.B.Q. Master. Through the location seems less than promising, the Cantonese roast pork here is cooked beautifully. $; U.S.; cash only; closed Wed; 145-4651 No.3 Rd.; 604/272-6568.
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle. You can't go wrong with their Taiwanese beef noodles. Try the spicy "Champion" version. $ U.S.; Aberdeen Centre, 2800-4151 Hazelbridge Way; 604/295-9357.
Sunway Restaurant. This tiny Taiwanese spot does fine versions of roast pork and other finger-licking food. Be sure to try the green-onion beef roll. $ U.S.; cash only; closed Tue; 1300-4540 No.3 Rd.; 778/297-4363.