When Lorna and I went to Chinatown Vancouver to buy red dates, we did a little exploration of Chinatown.
The Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate is the most prominent structure in Chinatown. Lorna told me that the Chinese characters on the gate was written by a famous calligrapher whose is a friend of her.
We also visited the China Abacus at Keefer Street near Taylor. It is a large abacus artwork with stylized beads of British Columbia jade. I remembered my father have an abacus at home. I never learned how to use it. I’m always amazed when I see people in Chinese stores using it as their fingers danced around the beads.
We also took a walk in the historical alley where Shanghai Alley, Suzhou Alley and Guangzhou Alley is. There were a number of huge posters which showcase the history of Chinatown in the alley. If you are interested in history, take your time to read the posters.
In the historical alley, there is a West Han Dynasty Bell called Yong Bell. The bell was a gift from the City of Guangzhou to the city of Vancouver in honour of the 15th anniversary of the twinning to the two cities.
Finally, I knew where is the world’s narrowest building is. The Sam Kee building is only …6 feet wide. It is not easy to recognize it now because there is another building which is built adjacent it.
The world’s narrowest building has been recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
It was a nice sunny fall day when we visited Chinatown.
After all the walking, we stopped by Kam Gok Yuen for lunch. Kam Gok Yuen specializes in BBQ and wonton.
We were there around 11:30 AM. It was not too busy but it gets busier when nearer to lunch hour. It is a fairly big restaurant.
Since this is a BBQ place. we ordered a BBQ Duck with Rice to share. We ordered the bowl version which is only $5.30. The dish version is $7.95. Lorna did not quite like the taste of the BBQ duck. She prefers the BBQ duck from a BBQ place in Continental Plaza.
We also ordered a Smoked Pork Hock with Round Rice Noodle Soup (Fun Tei Lai Fun) to share. This is on the special and it’s just $4.50.
There were plenty of thinly sliced smoked pork hock. The skin is gelatinous. I’m sure Ben will love this dish.
We added a Pan Fried Dunpling after we had placed our orders of the noodle and rice. The 6 pieces of dumpling costs $4.75.
The dumpling has pork and chives. It tasted alright but a bit on the oily side.
The bill came to $16.30. This is a CASH only place.