3 awesome things to do in Chinatown after the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade

Flickr/Alfred Shum (Creative Commons) The streets of Chinatown will be full on Sunday as the city celebrates Spring Festival with the popular Chinese New Year parade. It all starts at 11 am. After the festivities, there’s lots to see, do and of course, eat, in our neighbourhood. Here are hua foundation’s recommendations right now.

1. Chow down on a big bowl of noodles at Daisy Garden Restaurant (金菊園)

If we’re going to have lunch, 9/10 times, the hua foundation is going to suggest we meet at 金菊園 (“Gum Gok Yuen”). Cheap and cheerful, we love how food tastes out of the well-seasoned woks, and the guilty pleasures from the barbecue meats display. Get wonton noodles, BBQ duck with rice, and a side of gai lan, and you’re set! (Vegetarians should order the braised tofu and veggies!)

2. Get a taste of Vancouver’s heritage at Ovaltine Café


Since 1942, the Ovaltine’s beautiful neon signs have cheered up the Downtown Eastside. Earlier last year, new ownership took over, giving this classic Vancouver spot a new lease on life. Grace Chen and her daughter, Rachel (owner of Perks Café on Pender Street), are the new owners. Grace used to own the famous Save On Meats Diner, and Rachel grew up taking orders and working at the grill. The Chens plan to soon open for dinner and late-night eats, while still serving its regulars its classic burgers and breakfasts. For comfort food, you can’t beat the prices and friendly service at the Ovaltine Cafe.

3. Experience 越界/粵界 (TRANSGRESSION/ CANTOSPHERE) at Centre A

Centre A has offered some really exciting programming in the past year that has enriched and complicated dialogues relevant to its neighbourhood. The gallery’s current exhibition, 越界/粵界 (TRANSGRESSION/ CANTOSPHERE), the show examines the state of the Cantonese language and cultural loss in an ostensibly culturally diverse time. Inspired by Julia Kwan’s film Everything Will Be and Occupy Central in Hong Kong, 越界/粵界 is about what multiculturalisation of “Historic Chinatown” looks like through the eyes of interdisciplinary art company Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu), in collaboration with linguist Zoe Lam and artist Howie Tsui.