It had been a long while since Suanne and I were in Chinatown. The last time was when we attended the Chinese Laundry Kids event in Foo’s Ho Ho. That event vetted my interest in the storied past of Chinatown.
Suanne and I used to visit Chinatown when we first came to Canada. We actually went all the way there on weekends to buy groceries and have dim sum. No longer. It is sad to say that every year, there are lesser and lesser reasons for us to visit Vancouver’s Chinatown.
Well, this time we visited Chinatown just to check out the award winning Chinese BBQ item.
This Dollar Meat Store had been an institution in Chinatown for well over 30 years now. I guess in its early days, this must have been a premier location for Chinese BBQ.
Despite the gunky-ness of many stores in Chinatown, Dollar Meat is surprisingly bright and clean. Even the butchers wears caps.
Dollar meats are famous for their Chinese cured sausages and pressed ducks. If you look hard enough they do have exotic meat for sale too.
I am not into eating pressed ducks but Suanne’s dad loves pressed ducks. One easy way to please him is to bring him a thigh and you will be in his good books for days.
It is their Barbeque Spare Ribs that won the silver award in the CRA’s Chinese Barbeque category.
We just bought a bit to go. The above is just … a little over $5.00.
I thought it was pretty fancy that they have their own logo’d Styrofoam takeout boxes. It is so rare to see people doing this these days.
So, what is good?
Hmm … it is so dried out. The meat is so tough that it is like eating dried meat. Actually no one in the family likes it at all.
And then it is so thin too in other parts.
Which is kind of puzzling that Dollar Meats won the silver award. The only reason I can think of is we got a bad batch. Maybe it is because we went at 4PM and it’s almost at the end of the day already.
So, yeah, we were disappointed. There has got to be a reason — just don’t know what.
You know where you can get the best BBQ Spare Ribs on the planet? Serious, I am not kidding … it is found here in this link. And we always go to Bellingham’s Costco to buy some of the best and biggest baby back ribs. I tell you, nothing we found in Vancouver comes close to the ribs in the US. Sad but true.