Chow Town

Richmond, British Columbia, has the best Chinese food this side of Shanghai

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It's a good idea to make reservations whenever possible (not all restaurants accept them for dim sum). Prices for meals (listed here in U.S. dollars) vary widely depending on what you order; live seafood and rare ingredients can be expensive. For more information on the area, contact Tourism Richmond www.tourismrichmond.com or 877/247-0777.

Bamboo Grove. Try the crab and, for dessert, the panna cotta–like ginger milk at the 40-year-old restaurant. $$; dinner daily. 6920 No. 3 Rd.; 604/278-9585.

Fisherman's Terrace Seafood Restaurant. The light-filled dining room serves Cantonese food and a huge selection of dim sum. $$$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. Aberdeen Centre, Unit 3580, 4151 Hazelbridge Way; 604/303-9739.

Garden City Hot Pot. Steam fills the room as diners cook dinner in a hot pot of broth. For dim sum, choose from 10 different teas. $$$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. 1225 Cosmo Plaza, 8788 McKim Way; 604/303-0909.

Hoi Tong Chinese Seafood Restaurant. Popular small, cramped family restaurant that serves excellent crispy roasted squab. $$$; lunch and dinner Wed–Mon. 160-170, 4200 No. 3 Rd.; 604/273-3388.

Jade Seafood Restaurant. Locals recommend the Jade Special Pork with Skin, Fish in Fish Soup, and the chef's special oxtails. $$$$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. 8511 Alexandra Rd.; 604/249-0082.

Kirin Restaurant. Longtime favorite for dim sum and seafood, noted for consistency and service. $$$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. 3 West Centre, second floor, 7900 Westminster Hwy.; 604/303-8833.

McKim Wonton Mein Saga. Family-owned noodle house offers excellent won ton, noodles, and beef brisket stew. $; lunch and dinner daily. 1180-8788 McKim; 604/270-6632.

Oriental Delight. From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., there is a 30 percent discount on most dim sum; 20 percent from 11 to 3. $$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. 145-4751 Garden City Rd.; 604/231-8744.

Shanghai River Restaurant. Beautifully presented dishes in a new, contemporary dining room. $$$; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 110, 7831 Westminster; 604/233-8885.

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant. Well-known favorite noted for seafood and for dim sum from carts. $$$; dim sum, lunch, and dinner daily. 102, 4940 No. 3 Rd.; 604/273-8208.

Zen Fine Chinese Cuisine. Prix fixe dinners of modern Chinese food. $$$$; dinner Wed–Mon, reservations required (choose your menu when you book). 2015-8580 Alexandra; 604/233-0077.

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