Saturday, February 10, 2024

Duck Noodle Soup from Chinatown BBQ

Continuing our food adventure into Vancouver's Taste of Chinatown, we attempted to conquer Lee Man's Chinatown Top 10 Dishes.

  1. 🗸 Duck Noodle Soup from Chinatown BBQ (130 East Pender Street)
  2. 🗸 Steamed Dai-Bao from New Town Bakery and Restaurant (148 E Pender Street)
  3. Bun Cha Hanoi from DD Mau (145 E Pender Street)
  4. Tajarin from Kissa Tanto (263 E Pender Street)
  5. Steamed BBQ Pork Rice Rolls from Sun Fresh Bakery (245 Keefer Street)
  6. Classic Omelette with Salted Radish from Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie (163 Keefer Street)
  7. Singapore Fried Noodles from Ming Fong Fast Food (180 Keefer Street)
  8. Chilled Tofu with Century Eggs from Fat Mao (217 E Georgia Street)
  9. Butter Beef from Phnom Penh (244 E Georgia Street)
  10. The Full Irish Breakfast from Irish Heather (248 E Georgia)

Armed with a healthy appetite and a sense of adventure, we tackled our first challenge: the legendary Roast BBQ Duck Noodle Soup at Chinatown BBQ.

Signature BBQ Duck on Rice Noodle Soup from Chinatown BBQ

The aroma emanating from Chinatown BBQ instantly drew us in. And oh, the Roast BBQ Duck Noodle Soup did not disappoint! As described, the immediacy and aroma of freshly roasted duck were undeniable. The crispy skin crackled with each bite, revealing juicy, flavorful meat that infused the clean broth with an irresistible savoury depth. The slippery rice noodles, generously coated in duck fat, were perfect for soaking up all that deliciousness.

While my Filipino side whispered a preference for rice over noodles, it was a minor detail in the face of such culinary excellence.

BBQ Meat Chef Platter

We have only tried one other Chinese BBQ place: HK BBQ Master, so we ordered the same thing today as part of their BBQ Meat Chef Platter. This carnivore's dream featured Honey-Glazed BBQ Pork, a Roasted Rack of Crispy Pork, and Soy-Sauce Chicken.

While the Honey Glazed Pork couldn't dethrone the HK BBQ Master in Richmond in our hearts, it was still a solid contender with its sweet, sticky glaze.

Signature Three BBQ Meat Chef Platter from Chinatown BBQ
Honey Glazed BBQ Pork, Roasted Rack of Crispy Pork, and Soy Sauce Chicken

But the star of the platter was undoubtedly the Roasted Rack of Crispy Pork. The crisp, crackling skin yielding to melt-in-your-mouth meat, each bites an explosion of savoury goodness.

While not eliciting strong personal opinions, the soy sauce chicken still played a role. Its light, subtle flavours offered a welcome contrast to the richness of the duck and broth, making it a harmonious combination.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of our Taste of Chinatown journey, where we'll continue sharing our discoveries and delights. Food is meant to be savoured and shared, so join us on this delicious exploration of Vancouver's vibrant Chinatown!

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