Clicking Away in Vancouver at Sun Sui Wah, Eating Live Alaskan King CrabPosted: August 21, 2013
Any of you who are following me on Instagram (link) probably know that I went to Vancouver for an Indian wedding. This is probably the first time I’ve experienced Vancouver at the best time of the year. I was there before, but only briefly—two nights in November—nothing memorable there. This time the city was so beautiful with bright sunshine and perfect climate.
Also, it’s an amazingly clean city! I really mean it. One night I was crazy enough to walk on my 6” heels from the hotel where the party was back to my hotel—about a mile distance—on an uphill slope. Half way there I was so ready to take my high heels off. (I have never done so in my entire life!) I looked down on the sidewalk and was surprised. There was no sign of dirty cigarette butts, chewed gum, or little knickknack junk that would normally be there.
Since the weather was so nice, I almost forgot that this beautiful city is buried under either rain or snow from September through May and that might have something to do with the extremely clean sidewalk. Don’t get me wrong, this is not as clean as the table of a brain surgeon, but much cleaner than the footpaths in Singapore, Iceland and Germany that I already thought were very clean.
Still, I didn’t take my shoes off. I think eventually I might have to let my virgin feet touch the footpath for the first time. After all, my farmer feet are made for walking on the dirt, I know.
Other than the cleanliness of the sidewalk, the air is so clean and the water is way too clean! It took me half an hour just to wash and rinse my hair with their soft water! Can you imagine how fruits and vegetables taste here?
The food here is really good. There are two restaurants that I really like. One is a Chinese restaurant called Sun Sui Wah that serves live king crabs and another is an Indian restaurant.
Sun Sui Wah is a restaurant that advertises at the Vancouver airport! Seriously?!?! Wouldn’t that be a warning? I got a list of restaurants from a foodie friend who comes to the city quite often because he works in the movie industry. I saw the picture and thought, this must be another restaurant with the same name. From what I knew, Sun Sui Wah was doing well they didn’t need to advertise. Also, this restaurant was mentioned in the Michelin Green Guide too!
Anyhow, I double checked by going there to eat their dim-sum first. It turned out to be the same restaurant and the dim-sum was good. I wasn’t that excited about the dim-sum because I can get dim-sum as good in Alhambra and Monterey Park in Los Angeles County where I live. Their dim-sum service isn’t the type with many Chinese ladies pushing carts filled with steaming dishes between the tables. It’s the kind where you have to order your dim-sum off the menu. It’s fresher and tastes better this way (to me) because the food hasn’t been sitting on the cart. And I don’t have to keep looking for the items I want. I can just relax and eat.
After the dim-sum I knew how this restaurant cooked their food. I wanted to go back and eat the live king crab because I want to try one freshly cooked. I had only eaten frozen ones, so far. The problem was we were there for a wedding so our evenings were quite occupied. Luckily, Sun Sui Wah would serve the king crab at lunch time too.
WHERE: Sun Sui Wah
3888 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9, Canada
Tel: +1 604 – 872 – 8822
Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 3 pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 3 pm
Monday – Sunday 5 pm – 10:30 pm
HOW: Walk in seems to be ok. I didn’t have to wait for the table but I go there around 1pm both times. If you are not sure, make reservation by calling in first.
WHAT: Live seafoods and dim-sum
The small size Alaskan king crab is about 6.5 lb. The regular size crab is about 10lb or over so be aware to bring more than two people. They will cook the crab two ways: the legs would be steamed with garlic and the knuckles would be fried with spicy salt. Of course we had leftovers. First they brought out the crab to be sacrificed so the god (you) gets to pet it, take a picture and do whatever with it first. I was so afraid that the crab would remember my face and might even hand an iPhone photo of me to the lord of hell to point out who had ordered him to be killed. So I didn’t really made eye contact with him, obviously.
August is not the season of Alaskan king crab when it’s in abundance and hence we can get them at a reasonable price. We paid $40/lb. for the crab, twice more than in March, which is the real king crab season. I figured the plane ticket for two to return to Vancouver would have cost us much more than just eating it now, so we did.
The dim-sum photo from Sun Sui Wah is on my Instagram here.