Are you a fan of the Food Network? If you are then you can’t miss catching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives starring Guy Fieri, it always seems to be on. In 2013 Guy and his crew first came up to Vancouver to shoot some restaurants for the show and that is when I fell in love with Peaceful Restaurant, and their hand-pulled noodles. Aside from various Dim Sum dishes my absolute favourite Chinese dishes are always noodle dishes, whether they are soups or chow mein, I just love noodles. Now in my opinion Peaceful Restaurant serves up some of the best noodles in Vancouver and by the end of my 30 Days Of CNY I doubt I’ll find better.
Peaceful Restaurant has three locations for you to choose from. The original location is at 532 West Broadway at Cambie Street, the second is at 43 East 5th Ave & Quebec St, and finally they have one in Kitsilano at 2394 West 4th Ave at Balsam St. For me the Broadway and Cambie is the closest and it’s also the easiest to access via the Canada Line City Hall Station.
There are lots of restaurants in town with Peace in their name but only Peaceful has been on Triple D and to make sure you’ve got the right place just look for Guy Fieri’s photo on the sandwich board.
This is my first time at Peaceful Restaurant and to help me devour some noodles I brought two of my best friends Gus and Henri with me. Henri is a pro when it comes to Chinese cuisine while Gus is a bit on the fence about some dishes. So between the three of us I think we’ll have a good idea if Peaceful Restaurant is as good as they say. Luckily we arrive early after opening because we snagged one of the last tables. Everyone after us had to wait in line.
In pretty short order we pick our dishes and order. The famous Peaceful Beef Rolls and some Xia Long Bao (XLB) are a perfect way to start. The Beef Rolls are a flat bread with a layer of sliced beef, Hoisin sauce and sliced green onions rolled up and cut into four pieces. It’s a signature dish and very tasty, a must have. The XLB unfortunately are a bit disappointing. Lately I’ve had some really good XLB and while Peaceful Restaurant XLB has great flavour the wrapper is just a tad too thick and a thin wrapper is is the sign of a great XLB. Would I order them again? Yes but here is not where I’d go if I was craving Xia Long Bao.
The next three dishes to arrive are the ones we’ve each picked. I ordered the Mu-Shu Stir Fried Noodles with hand-pulled noodles, Henri ordered the Sichuan Mah-Po Tofu and Gus ordered the Honey Garlic Spareribs. Of course it’s all family style so we shared but my personal favourite was the noodles. They were thick and tender, cooked perfectly with pork, cabbage, mushrooms and egg, mmmmmm. The Tofu dish had some really great potential but it was very heavy on Peppercorns where I was expecting more heat to come from the Chilli Peppers. Still good but you must like peppercorns. As for the spareribs, well Gus devoured most of the plate.
There is only one dish left to arrive and while it’s a savoury dish for me it’s almost like having dessert. I’m talking about the Pan Fried Pork Buns. Crispy fried bottoms with a sweet & savoury pork filling, I could eat these like candy except they are a bit filling. The vinegar dipping sauce adds a nice tang to counterbalance the sweetness of the pork. I definitely recommend an order of these. Nom Nom Nom.
So there is my visit to Peaceful Restaurant, except the story is not over yet. They deliver! So the other night I was a bit hungry and craving some Mu-Shu Noodles so I thought I would give them a try. It’s not quick delivery as it took about an hour from when I ordered online but the food arrived hot and tasting quite good. Obviously eating in the restaurant is always ideal but for those nights when you don’t want to leave the comfort of your couch Peaceful Restaurant serves up some good take out. I ordered the Mu-Shu Noodles, Sweet & Sour Pork and the Peaceful Beef Rolls.
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