One of my favorite things to do when I visit a cool city that I don’t know too well is to explore its local food scene. And let me tell you, Vancouver’s food and night life scene was flourishing at the maximum level. I already knew this fact from my first trip to Vancouver 1.5 years ago, but I feel like I got to take an even bigger and better bite out of the city this time around. And having warmer weather helped, as well (despite being a little gloomy, but things could be worse). Our friend Kiara took us to one of her faaaaavorite spots for Chinese fusion, called Bae Bei, in the Chinatown neighborhood of the city. She talked it way up before we got to the restaurant, so I entered with high hopes. After literally what felt like 10 dishes in, I left with a belly full of love and wonder for what just entered it. Bao Bei made me feel warm and fuzzy instead, and was one of the biggest delights for my senses. Every single dish was phenomenal and bursting to the brim full of flavor. All the dishes are meant to be shared amongst the table, which makes it one big, fun tasting fest. And it makes it especially interesting and exciting to those who still need to get a little outside of their comfort eating zone. Let me just list all the fabulous and mouth watering goodness that we devoured in the 1.5 hours at the restaurant. With a side of Vancouver’s very own 33 Acres beer.
Sichuan Cucumbers with spicy vinaigrette
Crispy Tofu with garlic sweet soy and fresh water chestnut
Kick Ass House Fried Rice with bacon, egg, broccoli, Lebanese pickles, pimento habanero soy sauce
Spicy Noodles with flat wheat noodles, chili lamb mince, pork fat, sesame sauce, cucumber, preserved yellow bean
Sticky Rice Cake with stir fried pork, salted mustard greens, wood eat mushrooms, bamboo shoots
It doesn’t sound like a lot, but for three girls, we actually went a little overboard. The fried rice was by far my favorite dish, and it literally kicked my ass just like how its name says. It was the best, best fried rice I’ve ever tried in my life. The bacon made all the difference. I could have eaten a whole bowl by myself. By the time the Sticky Rice Cakes came, we were far beyond letting down the zipper of our jeans for extra space. But it was well worth it. We slept hard that night and dreamt of more Asian fusion delights.
Make sure to check out this cozy and super cute spot if you ever visit Vancouver. The decor is the perfect mix of Asian and European. You won’t regret any bite at this place, I promise!
163 Keefer Street