Of all the continental cuisines, Asian food is one of the most diverse and the most beloved. It’s the cuisine of cravings. Each Asian country features a cuisine that uses unique flavours and ingredients particular to the region and its citizens: from Japanese sushi to Korean BBQ to Vietnamese pho to Thai curry. “Pan Asian” basically means “from all over Asia,” and here in Vancouver, we are lucky enough to have a cornucopia of Asian eateries.
So when you are cravin’ some Asian, here are 6 best Pan Asian restaurants you can find in Downtown Vancouver or you can get it delivered with the ParcelPal app.
Of all the Asian cuisines, Korean probably have the coolest sounding names. And Yogi is the place to check them out. First on your must-try list would be a Kimbap, which is warm rice, egg, and other ingredients rolled in seaweed: basically the Korean version of a sushi roll. You can choose from veggie, tuna, beef, ham, or cheese. Next on the list would be Bibimbap, a traditional Korean rice bowl with veggies and a perfectly cooked egg on top. Fish cakes, meat skewers, and an assortment of noodle dishes round out the menu. This kick-ass Korean eatery is located in the heart of Robson Street.
When it comes to Malaysian cuisine in Vancouver, Banana Leaf has been the gold standard for well over a decade. From their first modest Kitsilano location, they have expanded to 5 Vancouver locations, including the West End and Robson Street, complete with stunning interiors. With elements of Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisines, the Malaysian food served at the Banana Leaf focuses on fresh ingredients, killer spice & sauce combinations, and in-your-face flavors. Feeling fishy? Then dig into the Seafood Malay, with fish, scallops, clams, mussels, squid, and egg noodles in a creamy turmeric and lemongrass cream sauce. Feeling veggie? Try their famous 10 Veggies in 10 Spices bowl, which is pretty fulfilling. Feeling spicy? Take a crack at their version of Kung Pow Chicken. Prepare to meet your new addiction.
The Tacofino story is pretty well-known by now: from Tofino taco shack to food truck to one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants. Luckily, success has not messed with the quality of food they serve. With two downtown locations – Gastown and Yaletown – you never have to travel far to get your fix of their famous tacos, burritos, and other West Coast-inspired Mexican dishes, including Queso Fundito and their 3-cheese Nachos.
Gotta Try: the Steak Taco: grilled wagyu steak, pickled chayote, and pineapple.
There are probably more Japanese Sushi restaurants in Vancouver than there are raindrops, so sometimes you need something a little different. Kyzock is teeny little spot on West Pender that offers a cool twist: sushi bowls. The don bowls at Kyzock feature super fresh sashimi in a bowl of sushi rice. One of the most popular is the Marugo Natto Kimchi Don – diced tuna sashimi, natto (fermented soybean), kimchi, masago & green onion. Another favourite is the Salmon Avocado Yamakake – salmon sashimi, sliced avocado, and grated mountain yam on a bowl of sushi rice. Think of it as delicious, deconstructed sushi.
9 times out 10, a restaurant located on the second floor of a mall is gonna be pretty suspect. But 1 time out of 10 that restaurant will be Thai Town, located adjacent to the food court on the second floor of the International Village Mall just outside of Chinatown. Nothing crazy to report here, just a massive menu filled with awesome, authentic Thai food: green, yellow & red curries, noodles, fried rice, Pad Thais and other Thai goodness. Their Pad Thai is one of the best in the city, and if you find yourself hungover and in need of a cure, the Spicy Drunken Noodles w/ Prawns will definitely do the trick.
Asian food cravings happen on the regular when you live in Vancouver. It is best to be prepared. All 5 of these Pan Asian eateries will satisfy any kind of Asian food craving. Plus, they are available for on-demand delivery on the ParcelPal App.