Richmond BC: Budget Friendly Food In This Suburb Of Vancouver

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Going to Vancouver? Visit Richmond for some tasty budget-friendly eats!

My late father lived in Richmond BC and when I go back to Vancouver I either stay with friends or with him. Richmond is a suburb of Vancouver with a large number of Asian immigrants. The best part about Richmond BC besides the things I have written about before (Steveston, Iona Beach) is the food. With the big Asian population, you know there are going to be some seriously good eating there.

I’ll take you on a visual dining tour of my favorite places:
Pho Lan – 6950 Number 3 Rd, Richmond BC 

This place isn’t the best but it’s reliable, cheap, and it was close to where my folks lived. If you’re looking for the best pho in Vancouver area I’d suggest somewhere along the Fraser/Kingsway corridor but for those moments you find yourself in Richmond, Pho Lan is my go to. For $12 you get a big bowl of pho, a drink, and a fresh spring roll.

Pho Lan Richmond BC

I always order the Pho Tai which is thinly sliced rare beef. Also ordered was a fresh spring roll with shrimp and peanut sauce to dip.

HK BBQ Master – Suite 145-4651 No. 3 Rd, Richmond BC

Ok…this is not for the vegetarians or vegans out there. This is gonna be seriously meaty and delicious. HK BBQ Master is underneath the Superstore grocery store on No. Three Road. It’s best for pick up but I did eat there. Service is gruff but who cares when the food is this delicious. Best char siu and roast pork belly in the Vancouver area. OMG! I’m starving just thinking about it. For 2 kinds of BBQ plus green vegetables was $13.

HK BBQ Master Richmond BC

Meat sweats!

HK BBQ Master Richmond BC

Oh boy! Super succulent and delicious. Seriously.

HK BBQ Master Richmond BC

I love greens drizzled with oyster sauce. Omg, I’m hungry!

Another place I like to go to and eat is Asian Malls. They’ll usually have good food courts and super budget-friendly prices.

Aberdeen Mall – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond BC 

Aberdeen Mall

Aberdeen Mall vibes

Aberdeen Mall

St Germain bakery. I buy Chinese pastries like coconut cocktail buns here

Aberdeen Mall

Aberdeen Mall

On the top floor of Aberdeen Mall is their food court

Aberdeen Mall

Aberdeen Mall

Aberdeen Mall

Lido Cafe – 4231 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond BC

And just steps away from Aberdeen Mall on the backside of Three Road on Hazelbridge Way is this Hong Kong cafe called Lido. It’s a cha chaan teng or teahouse.

Here’s an explanation of what a cha chaan teng is on Wiki:

“In the early Hong Kong, only high-class restaurants provided western food and most of them did not serve local people. At that time, people saw western food as a luxury item. After the Second World War, Hong Kong culture was influenced by British culture. Hong Kong people started to like drinking tea and eating cakes. Therefore, some of the Hong Kong people set up the Cha Chaan Teng and their target audience was local people. Providing different kinds of Canto-Western Cuisine and drinks with very low price led to them being regarded as “cheap western food” or “Soy sauce western food” (si yasai chaan, 豉油西餐). In recent, the management of Cha Chaan Teng began to change in coordination with the development of Hong Kong economy and society. During the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Cha Chaan Teng became much more popular in Hong Kong as they still provided the cheapest food for the public.”

It’s food history time!

Richmond BC Lido Cafe |

I did not eat at Lido but as per suggestion by my Chinese friend Dickson (who is like my spiritual advisor for Chinese food), a pineapple bun or egg tart was highly recommended. The buns were sold out but I did get an egg tart! I can’t remember how much the egg tart was. No more than $2.

Bubble Queen – 8888 Odlin Crescent, Richmond BC 

Do you love bubble tea? I didn’t even drink it before 2011. My friend Michelle in Sydney, Australia introduced me to it. I think I was scared of the little balls at the bottom. I didn’t get it. What was the deal? They are tapioca balls aka pearls. She ordered me a cold taro (purple yam) tea with pearls and I’ve never looked back. In a pinch, I’ll have one of those because it’s like a meal. Not kidding.

Bubble Queen

I tried to veer from my usual taro and ordered mango

These are my favorite budget friendly eateries in Richmond. I am still on a mission to explore more places to eat in this suburb. The best part about it is that you can get to Richmond easily now via the Skytrain (the Canada Line) and just walk to these places. No need to drive!!


Budget Friendly Food In Richmond BC |
**Disclosure: Many thanks to Richmond Tourism who helped me explore the area. As always, all opinions and choices are my own.


Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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  • Adelina @ PackMeTo

    Ah! I didn’t know you were from here. Next time you’re around lets go eat :) I love the Aberdeen food court – one of the best I think. Have you tried the chicken wings? I think they’re from the place next to Cafe d’lite in your photo (the one that isn’t pictured on the other side). Bubble Queen is the best! So yum!

    • Yes I grew up in Vancouver and my elderly father lives in Richmond still! Definitely! I am always up for eating adventures!

  • OMG memories! I used to live in Richmond. I love HK BBQ Master and I haven’t found any pho as tasty as Pho Lan’s. I’m not surprised about the bubble tea in Sydney either, Easy Way is still one of the best bubble tea shops ever for me. (I lived in Sydney for a couple of years too.) I’ve never tried Bubble Queen, but my favorite in Richmond was this tiny little place at the corner of Buswell and Saba, within walking distance from the Skytrain station.

    • I live in LA now and I don’t know where to find good char siu and roast pork belly!! I wish I could transport some HK BBQ Master right now!

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