Today I am craving wontons but not just any wontons, I want the best wontons in Vancouver (when I say Vancouver I also include Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, etc…). I am prepared to hunt around for them and in fact my entire afternoon is free for the search. My search is over as it begins because lightning has struck at the very first stop on my wonton adventure. I am confident in saying that I don’t need to look any further for the best wontons in Vancouver than Old Buddies Seafood Restaurant in Richmond, they are simply the best I’ve ever had.
Old Buddies is another easy to get to Chinese restaurant in Richmond if you take the Canada Line. From leaving my condo in Yaletown to standing in front of Old Buddies at 8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond it took me about 40 minutes. Unfortunately for today’s culinary adventure I am dining solo but that won’t stop me from ordering and trying as many dishes as my stomach can handle.
Old Buddies is a newer entry into the bustling Richmond restaurant scene. Open since late 2013 you can tell that the owners are interested in not only serving great food but doing so in a pleasant environment. Of all the places I’ve tried in the last few weeks Old Buddies definitely stands apart with Chef Tony and Sea Harbour Restaurants as having some of the best décor.
I really wish I had a dining buddy today because I feel very much like a fish out of water here. The menu is in both Chinese and English but I’ve become used to ordering by picture or having a friend who speaks Chinese with me. Today I am all on my own and I hope I order the right dishes. The first dish of course has to have wontons and so I order the Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup. This is a classic and should not disappoint. Wow it is amazing! The broth has a nice depth of flavour and it’s not too salty. The noodles are plentiful but the star of the soup are the Shrimp Wontons, 5 in my order. Not only are they huge, each wonton is filled with whole shelled prawns, but they are also really tasty – almost sweet. Damn that’s good soup.
Next on order is Beef with Peppers in Black Bean Sauce over Steamed Rice. Technically this wasn’t on the menu, they had a Sparerib version, but I’ve discovered that most Chinese Restaurants have many dishes that they serve that aren’t on the menu. All you have to do is ask. This was delicious and seriously could have been my entire lunch if I wasn’t determined to try as many dishes as possible.
We are going back to wontons for the third dish. This time though they are Fried Shrimp Wontons with Sweet & Sour Sauce. They are HUGE. No not huge GINORMOUS. When I pick one up and put it in my hand it stretches past my palm. Each wonton is stuffed with a full sized prawn and then wrapped in the wonton wrapper. Hot hot hot they are made to order so be careful when you take a bite. This is why they are the best wontons in Vancouver.
OMG I am so full but yes I have one more dish to come. This dish is one I heard about from my friend Sherman Chan and it’s called Peking Pork Chops in Sweet & Sour Sauce. These were super tasty and came with bones so be careful when you eat them. This was not the best sweet & sour pork I’d ever had but maybe that is because I’m still in love with the wontons. The sauce is sweet & tangy and the pork is very tender so perhaps I’ll order these another time and give them another try.
I lied. I have one more dish to try, dessert. I wanted to try the Baked Tapioca but unfortunately I should have ordered it when I first arrived as it is made to order and takes about 30 minutes to make. Instead on the advice of my waiter I ordered the Steamed Milk. Now this isn’t your Starbucks Steamed Milk, this is more like a milk custard that is cooked by steam. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t do it justice due to white on white but I can tell you it is a delicate custard with a big kick of ginger to it. If you are not a fan of ginger you won’t like this Steamed Milk. I loved it, in fact I felt it was a great way to end the meal and ginger is good for the digestion, especially with the amount I ate.
I want to assure you I did not eat everything. I mean I did try everything but I didn’t clean off every plate. I have plenty of leftovers so my lunch tomorrow is taken care of! Guess who’s having wontons for lunch? ME!!!!
I tell you Old Buddies on Alexandra Road in Richmond serves up the best wontons in Vancouver. Bring cash and I would suggest you make a reservation as my guess is at night they are supper popular. Enjoy.
OMG these are the best and biggest Wontons I have had in my entire life. Bring cash unless you plan to spend over $50 as they only take Visa over $50. I highly recommend the Deep Fried Wontons, you won't regret it. If you are not familiar with ordering Chinese dishes the staff was very helpful.
$ for Value8
Would I go back?10