New West’s Creepy Columbia Halloween Pub Crawl

Creepy Columbia Crawl Halloween

Creepy Columbia Crawl Halloween

Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins – join Wild Rice Market Bistro on Friday, October 31st for New West’s Creepy Columbia Halloween Pub Crawl.

Starting at 6 p.m., this free, self-guided crawl involves 10 stops starting with Wild Rice.

Chef Todd has created a Boo-tiful appetizer special – pork, bacon and scallop siu mai with pumpkin puree, and Igor, our part-time lab… er bar, assistant has mixed up a batch of his favourite creepy cocktail -the Crawling Pumpkin featuring Appleton’s rum liqueur, Cointreau, ginger beer and lemon juice. Boo-tiful appetizer and Crawling Pumpkin Combo available for only $12.95 – and that’s not creepy.

The Crawling Pumpkin Cocktail will be available all evening on its own for only $6.

Full details:

6pm start (feel free to start the party earlier to ensure ample time at all establishments)Wild Rice: bacon and scallop siu mai on pumpkin puree, paired with a mystery Appleton’s pumpkin cocktail for $12.95

Paddlewheeler Pub: all Stanley Park beers on for $5.25, Bloodtinis for $6.25. Great prizes for best costume and several Halloween themed shots on special.

Judge Begbie’s: Hollywood Halloween Bash! DJ at 8pm, costume contest and prizes at 10:15pm. Blood Suckers on special for $5.95 and Halloween shooter special for $3.25

The Met Bar & Grill: Creepy Creature cocktail and appetizer, two costume contest draws (8pm and 10pm)

Stefanos Lounge: DJ Val from 7pm-midnight, $4 highballs and domestic beer/wine, prize for best costume, spooky decor with a smoke machine!

HOPS: Ninja Turtle theme! Happy Hour from 10pm-midnight with tons of drink and food specials

Spud Shack: Try “Draculas Kiss“, a vodka and cherry cola cocktail

Hub Restaurant: beer flight featured for $10 (Black Venom shot, flight of pumpkin ale, flight of Gypsy Tears ruby ale and flight of Chocolate Porter)

(bit of detouring to try and get the most from each venue but we all know you could use some fresh air and a walk to make room for more drinks!)

*If you feel like a sweet treat before ending the night at Boston Pizza, visit Menchies before 11pm for some freaky flavours and toppings!

12pm “end” at Boston Pizza (don’t worry if you arrive past midnight, they don’t close till 2am!): Enjoy a Bobbin’ for apples vodka cocktail for only $4.99 when requested.

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Did You Know October 20 is Wild Rice’s 12th Anniversary?

Wild Rice logoHave you ever been to Wild Rice downtown? It’s located just to the NW of Tinseltown by the Stadium skytrain station.  I’ve been there many times, including twice for Dine Out Vancouver.  I didn’t realize the restaurant has been around for 12 years now.  And they are having a special anniversary dinner.  Details from Wild Rice are below. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 20 will be Wild Rice’s 12th Anniversary. We can’t believe it’s been 12 years since we opened our doors and were the first restaurant to introduce modern Chinese cuisine to Vancouver. How the hood and the local dining scene have changed! For this very auspicious birthday Chef Todd has created a special 12th Anniversary Prix Fixe Dinner – 4 courses for only $40 (including a $5 donation to the BC Hospitality Foundation). Check out the menu below and call us to make a reservation:
Sidestripe shrimp and crab sui mai
truffled honey
Oceanwise tartare duo
Coho salmon, cucumber, chives and grilled lemon
Albacore tuna, longan, water chestnut and black vinegar reduction
Served with wonton crisps
12-hour Braised Pork Belly
cauliflower puree, celeriac salad & kohlrabi kimchi.
Lemon Tart
Mountain Berry Tea-infused whipped cream


Bao Bei dumpling cook off

WIld Rice and the Dumpling Cook-Off Challenge

Bao Bei dumpling cook off

Bao Bei dumpling cook off

Wild Rice downtown/Chinatown has two offers during the month of August.  One that I’m excited about is Bao Bei, or steamed dumplings. Here is their announcement.


The pans and cocktail shakers are sizzling hot this month at Wild Rice. We invite you to join us for all or some of the following tasty offerings.


Every Friday to August 30  – We’ve partnered once again with the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden to present pre-concert dinner packages for the Garden’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series.   We’re offering a value-priced three course dinner for only $22. Check out the menu and book your table now.

August 16 – Cheer on Chef Todd as he competes in the Dumpling Cook-Off as part of the first annual Dumpling Party at the Chinatown Night Market. Tickets are available for $12 onEventBrite if you want to try all the dumplings, or just meander back to Wild Rice for dumplings and cocktails with us.  Event details here.


Wild Rice Celebrates Year of the Snake With Special Menu

Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year is coming up fast.  I’m starting to look at my annual wines to serve for Chinese New Year.  That post should be coming out soon.  But in the meantime, you may want to think about enjoying some celebratory dinners for Chinese New Year.  If you don’t want to cook, you could try the Year of the Snake Menu at Wild Rice, at both their New Westminster and Vancouver locations.  Here is their menu announcement.  Enjoy!


Wild Rice Vancouver

Wild Rice Vancouver

(Vancouver, BC) –  In western culture, the snake has a bad rep – tempter of Eve, denizen of the underworld, and just generally a slimy, slithery, creepy reptile. However, in China, the snake is honoured as wise, charming and decisive. As the snake transforms and renews itself by sloughing off its skin, Snake Years are seen as times of change and renewal. Things don’t stay static in The Year of the Snake.

Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9th, heralds the Year of the Water Snake or lunar year 4711.  Anyone, who has been counting New Years for that long, should know a thing or two about how to celebrate it in grand style.

Inspired by classic Chinese feasts, Wild Rice Proprietor Andrew Wong and Executive Chef Todd Bright are offering a special menu that pays homage to the Year of the Water Snake. The Year of the Snake Menu will be available at both locations February 8, 9 and 10 for the auspicious price of $38.88 for two people (a very lucky number symbolizing ever-increasing good luck).

Year of Snake Platter

Year of Snake Platter

As in traditional Chinese banquets, each dish is rich with symbolic meanings meant to convey wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year. Some of the symbolism is based on homonyms where the word for a dish or ingredients sounds like another Chinese word with an auspicious meaning. Others derive their symbolic connotations from the colour or the fact that they look like another good luck object.  Wild Rice’s Year of the Snake Platter for Two is over-flowing with good wishes and great flavours. On it you’ll find:

  • BBQ Eel and Bean Sprout Sui Mai with watercress puree. Eel has always been considered a ‘snake of the sea,’ so it’s most appropriate that it is the first dish served in the Year of the Water Snake. Bean sprouts convey the wish for a ‘good start to the new year’ while the fresh green of the watercress connote thoughts of growth, renewal and balance
  • Glass Noodles with black moss, water chestnuts and crispy dried tofu. Noodles in Chinese culture convey the wish for long life. It is considered very back luck to cut noodles as that symbolizes cutting short the life span. Black moss (‘fat choy’) sounds like ‘fat cai’ meaning increasing wealth while the word for ‘water chestnuts’ sounds like the word for ‘unity.’ Dried toufu connotes ‘blessing the household’ and ‘fulfillment of wealth and happiness.’
  • Roasted Chicken Breast on Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Cashews accompanied by bamboo shoots, green onions, jasmine rice and walnuts with shitake jus. The chicken breast is a bit of fun in homage to the western expression that ‘snake tastes just like chicken.’ The roasted crispy skin is symbolic of the sloughed snake skin. Cabbage rolls are stuffed packets and similar in shape to ancient Chinese gold ingots so they symbolize ‘prosperity’ as do the cashews and the bamboo shoots. Green onions signify ‘intelligence,’ rice symbolizes ‘fertility’ while the shitake mushroom symbolize ‘longevity. ‘ Walnuts express the wish of ‘happiness for the entire family.’

All Chinese New Year banquets end on a sweet note to wish participants sweetness in the coming year and this dinner is no exception. Chef Bright has created his own house-made version of the iconic Fortune Cookie.

Wild Rice is also featuring a special drink – the Red Envelope Cocktail. During Chinese New Year, children traditionally receive gifts of money tucked into red envelopes (lai see). Wild Rice’s Red Envelope is strictly for grown-ups – a lucky combination of raspberry vodka, vodka, cassis, cranberry juice, fresh lemon all for the auspicious price of $6 (the number six sounding like the word for ‘good luck’).

People born in the Year of the Water Snake are influential and insightful. They are motivated and intellectual; very determined and resolute about success. The long list of famous Snakes is studded with beautiful women and great idealists. Snakes are uncommonly attractive, wise and intense. However, their beauty can lead to vanity and self-centredness.

According to an ancient Chinese proverb “good fortune of the mouth is no mean thing.” We invite you to give your palate a treat and your year a lucky ‘sssstart’ by ‘ssssavouring’ Wild Rice’s Year of the Snake Menu February 8th through 10th, 2013.

Reservations are a good idea at or 604-642-2882 (Vancouver) or 778-397-0028 (New Westminster).

Sun Nin Fei Lok!

January Vegan Cooking Classes at Wild Rice in New Westminster

Wild Rice logoOK, the holiday season is over and all our binging.  It’s time to treat our bodies better in 2013.  One way is to learn how to make some healthy and delicious vegetarian Chinese dishes at Wild Rice restaurant in New Westminster.  It is easy to get to Wild Rice.  Hop on the Expo line skytrain and jump off at New Westminster station.  Here is the announcement that showed up in my email box.  Enjoy!


Executive Chef Todd Bright is featuring Vegan Chinese in his cooking classes this month at the New Westminster location. Value priced at only $30, the fee includes the class (both demonstration and hands-on) followed by a four-course dinner. It does not include tax, gratuity or beverages.

Classes start at 6 p.m. every Tuesday this month starting January 8th.  Please contact  or call 778-397-0028 to book your seat.


Seasonal Spring Rolls
cauliflower puree
Curried Vegetable Steam Buns
sweet kecap drizzle
Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms
polenta fries, cashew and caramelized onion ricotta
Chinese Five-Spice Carrot Cake
ginger icing

Get into the Festive Spirit with a Wine Dinner at Wild Rice New Westminster

Wild Rice logoWild Rice opened their New Westminster location this past year.  The main location being located at the edge of Chinatown.  I like Wild Rice with their fusion of Asian and European cuisine.  I received this Press Release about their upcoming 5 course wine pairing dinner at their New West location and was very happy to see the high quality of wines they selected from BC and around the world.

Take the skytrain to the New Westminster station and walk across the street to the New West Quay, where you will find Wild Rice, and a great dinner.  Enjoy!


Executive Chef Todd Bright and Sommelier Andrew Switzer have collaborated to create a stunning five-course wine pairing dinner to kick-off the festive season.

The dinner will be held at the New Westminster location on December 5th starting at 6:30 p.m. and is priced at $75 per person.  Reservations are essential. Please contact to book your seat.

Tea smoked qualicum scallop, fresh peas and bacon foam
Stift Gottweig Gruner Veltliner (Austria, 2010)
Urban Torrontes (Argentina, 2010)
BC spot prawn dumplings in charred onion consommé
Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand, 2010
LaStella Leggerio un-oaked Chardonnay – BC, 2010
Sesame crusted steelhead, squid, roasted cauliflower puree and yuzu buerre blanc
Le Vieux Pin Petit Blanc  – BC, 2009
(blend of oaked and unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussane)
Botani dry muscato – Spain, 2010
Crispy roast pork belly, green onion soubise and pickled apple
Rustico Pinot Noir – BC, 2007
(new world but old world Burgundian style pinot)
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza – Spain, 2007
(one of the top Rioja estates in Spain)

Petit fours plate
                Red Bean and White Chocolate Macaroon, Salted Caramel Chocolate
and Raspberry Mousse
              Paradise Ranch Late Harvest Chardonnay – BC,  2008

Wild Rice Modern Chinese New Westminster Location

810 Quayside Drive
in The River Market

Dine Out Vancouver – Enjoying Wild Rice

Hot and sour soup

Well I went to my third Dine Out Vancouver restaurant today with friends.  This time we went to Wild Rice, which is located close to the west edge of Chinatown.  It’s a short 2 block walk from the Stadium skytrain station.  The food for all 3 courses were all great, both for me and the others.  What I ordered:

  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • House Roasted BBQ Pork, Baby Bok Choy, jasmine rice
  • Szechuan Chocolate Brownie

House Roasted BBQ Pork

To this I paired a glass of Rollingdale Pinot Noir, from West Okanagan.  The pinot noir has low tannins, light body, some violet aromas/flavours, and higher acidity, and thought it would pair nicely with the BBQ pork.

The hot and sour soup had just the right amount of heat for most people to handle.  I loved the slices of shitake mushrooms in the soup.  The House Roasted BBQ pork was tender and had a tasty sweet brown sauce.  This worked with the acidity of the Rollingdale Pinot Noir.  I wished it did have some crispy pork skin though. The Szechuan chocolate brownie was decadent, covered with a light chocolate sauce and crunchy ribbons of orange peels on top.  Enjoy with a coffee, or maybe port.

Szechuan Chocolate Brownie

I also was able to try some of the Salt and Pepper Tofu, Satay Sauce, Orange Braised Pemberton Beef, Drunken 5 treasure quinoa, and 5 Spice Carrot Cake with Ginger Icing. The panfried tofu with crushed chili flakes was accompanied by a peanut sauce mixed with some lemon grass.  A very tasty dish.  The Pemberton Beef came shredded, reminding me of pulled pork, but with a beefy flavour.  Very succulent.  The 5 Spice Carrot Cake was very gingery and tasted wonderful with the cream cheese icing.  I could have eaten a few plates of these carrot cakes.

I recommend coming to Wild Rice for Dineout Vancouver.  Enjoy!