Cross the border into B.C. for farm-fresh produce, trend-setting pie, and the best Chinese food this side of Shanghai
Ebbe Roe Yovino-Smith
Richmond—Vancouver’s shiny Chinese outpost—is home to a dizzying number of dim sum places, but the Cantonese-style Empire Seafood Restaurant is a local favorite. “Empire’s dim sum is creative, but it also gets the basics just right,” says Richmond-raised food blogger, Lorna Yee. The translucent har gow (shrimp dumpling) is elegant, with the sweet, springy bite of shrimp inside. The barbecued pork bun comes topped with a crackling sugar crust. And while dim sum dessert can be forgettable, it isn’t here: Eat the three bite-size golden egg tarts while they’re still hot and quivering.