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By: Lan Do, Executive Chef and Owner of Bánh Mì Très Bon

INGREDIENTS
(6 portions)

White or red Pomelo – (1 medium)
(in the restaurant, they order their pomelo from Vietnam)
Green Papaya, julienned (1/2 medium)
Carrots, peeled and julienned or shredded  (2 jumbo),
Basil leaves,chopped into fine strips (1 cup)
Roasted peanuts, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
Large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, cut in half & boiled (1/2 pound)

DRESSING
White sugar (100 grams)
Fish sauce (50ml)
Garlic, minced (20 grams)
Lime juice (40 grams, approximately 2 limes)
Red chili peppers, minced (2)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel pomelo and remove all the skins, break the pomelo flesh into small pieces.
  2. Toss pomelo, shredded green papaya, carrots, prawns and basil into bowl
  3. Make dressing: Add lime juice and fish sauce to sugar, whisk well until dissolved.  Add minced garlic and mince red chili peppers.
  4. Dress salad.
  5. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top of salad.

By Jaclyn Jularbal

The Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond boasts an amazing view of the Fraser River and it’s also home to some of the best fish and chips around. Whether you’re a cod, halibut, or even a prawn fan – the deliciously deep-fried choice is up to you. In rain or shine, for here or to go, the wharf is open year-round to serve you up some world-famous eats.

Pajo’s
12351 3 Ave, Richmond, BC

One of the most recognizable, long-standing places along the wharf is Pajo’s.
Having been around for over 30 years, its yellow banner and unique dock-style entranceway has been a staple in Steveston for decades. Don’t let the lineup of people fool you, the cooks and counter clerks are speedy and the food is worth the wait. Ask anyone in line and they’ll be able to attest that what they’re waiting for is fish-and-chip perfection. Pajo’s crisp and golden fish has just the right amount of crunch; couple that with their home-style tartar sauce or sour lemon zest and the combination will leave your mouth watering for more.

Pajos | image by Sandra Steier
Pajos | Image by Sandra Steier

Now, a favourite thing about Pajo’s is that they offer the option for grilled fish and chips. If you’re not in the mood for deep-fried but you’re still a fish-fanatic, you can have your favourite fish served grilled on top of a basket of hot Pajo’s fries. With one, two, and three-piece combos, Pajo’s leaves you with lots of options based on your hunger and craving level.

The view by Pajo’s is also one-of-a-kind. Because its located on a dock, down and away from the wharf, Pajo’s location is exclusive and allows you to eat your meal directly on the Fraser River; creating the perfect ambience for a relaxing afternoon lunch.

Sockeye City Grill
108-3800 Bayview St, Steveston, BC

Further down the Wharf is the rock star patio belonging to Sockeye City Grill.  Whether you eat inside or wait at the take-out window, there are fresh fish options for everyone.

Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill
Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill

One of the best things about Sockeye City Grill is that they have prawns n’ chips!  Deep-fried prawns paired with tasty restaurant-style fries is a great take on an old summer staple – and an absolutely perfect choice for prawn-lovers.

Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward
Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward

Sockeye City Grill also has some cool side add-ons, like extra fish or oyster pieces, and a creamy seafood chowder.  Eat inside, eat on the patio, or eat on a bench along the wharf – the Sockeye City Grill experience is up to you.

The waterfront atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf really revs up the appetite –

so if you’re craving battered fish, grilled fish, or even prawns on a heaping portion of fries with homemade tartar sauces, head over to Steveston on the southwest tip of Richmond.

By Joyce Chua, Vancouver Foodie Tours

Sweet, delicate, light and delicious, British Columbia’s spot prawns are highly coveted by chefs and foodies from around the world. In addition to their unique taste and spotted markings, fresh spot prawns, bred and harvested off the coast of British Columbia, are one of the most sustainable seafood choices on the market.

BC’s spot prawn season is a short 6-8 weeks, which kicks off with an annual Spot Prawn Festival in Vancouver. On May 12, 2018, sun poured over the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf for the 12th Annual Spot Prawn Festival, where chefs, foodies, and seafood lovers gathered together to greet the fishing boats and indulge in the season’s first harvest.

While the festival may be a one-day event, anyone is welcome to partake in the daily spot prawn spectacle at Fisherman’s Wharf. Just two minutes from Granville Island, anyone can walk down to the dock, chat with the fishermen, and buy a few pounds of live spot prawns caught just hours prior. The experience is so nonchalant, but that’s exactly the thrill. The exchange from fisherman to foodie is strikingly simple.

BC Spot Prawns at Fisherman's Wharf
Peter (right) and his catch | Image by Joyce Chua

Peter, owner of the Bay Spirit, is a friendly face to look for at the docks. Fisherman’s Wharf is where Peter grew up – his father was a fisherman and these docks are like home to him. Despite more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Peter still greets all those who arrive at the dock with a friendly conversation before sending them on their way with a scoop of fresh spot prawns.

British Columbia is known for its bounty of local ingredients, but spot prawn season is a perfect time to experience what that really means. According to Peter, “between 1 and 2 o’clock is the best time to catch a few boats pulling in.” Peter helps supply the numerous seafood shops at the Granville Island Public Market but also noted that this year, he’s seen more “everyday people” alongside chefs buying directly from the boats. Straight from the Bay Spirit, spot prawns are going for $20 per pound – a steal of a deal, as seafood aficionados can attest.

Though you may see “spotted prawns” at sky-high prices in select stores year-round, these are often farmed overseas in freshwater pools, often exposed to chemicals, and pre-frozen. During May and June, you’ll want to look for “BC Spot Prawns” on local restaurant menus, paired with the Ocean Wise certification symbol.

In Vancouver, Boulevard Restaurant, Maenam and Miku are just a handful of restaurants to feature local spot prawns on their special menus. For an evening of seafood & bubbles, grab a ticket to Edible Canada at the Market’s May 29 event.

 

 

Vancouver Foodie Tours is a locally-owned walking food tour company with a passion for Vancouver’s food scene. The Best of Downtown Tour is a must-do for seafood lovers, and includes beer, wine and cocktail pairings. This is the city’s #1 Rated Tour on TripAdvisor! Learn more about Vancouver Foodie Tours at www.foodietours.ca.

By Joyce Chua of Vancouver Foodie Tours

This Year’s BC Spot Prawn Festival is coming up on May 13th, and it’s your chance to try these little local sea creatures that are coveted around the world for their delicate flavour, plump nature, and eye-catching “spotted” markings.

2017 marks the 11th annual Spot Prawn Festival, which will include a spot prawn gala, spot prawn cooking classes and the famous spot prawn boil. Festival founder, seafood entrepreneur and Ocean Wise advocate, Chef Rob Clark, reflects on over a decade that’s gone by.

How it began: Starting the Spot Prawn Festival

When Chef Robert Clark started the Spot Prawn Festival, he was the chef at C Restaurant – a fine dining establishment that until it’s closure in 2014, was known for its impressive seafood menu. The search for sustainable seafood and spot prawns sprouted out of necessity, as Chef Robert wanted to serve the best and freshest seafood available. He began asking questions, visiting fishermen, building relationships and forging new ways to hold onto local seafood that was being shipped overseas.

The first Spot Prawn Festival was really for local chefs to draw their attention to the supply of BC spot prawns that were previously all being shipped overseas. It was a small effort to keep some of the product here for the locals to enjoy.

The evolution of the Spot Prawn Festival

In the last 11 years, the Spot Prawn Festival has been increasingly well received by Vancouver locals and visitors. Chef Robert calls Vancouver’s food scene “exciting and young,” and he’s honoured by the opportunity to help shape the city’s food culture.

Chef Robert’s efforts helped to spur the term “sustainable seafood” which became the platform for the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise certification. These terms have helped raised awareness for BC seafood, and is now an emblem of pride on many menus.  Last year, the celebrations and events were bigger than ever before, with restaurants creating seasonal menus and long-table feasts.

What’s next? The hope for BC Spot Prawn Festivals to come

Excited by the progression of “fluff to substance” in Vancouver’s food scene, Chef Robert noted, “the everyday person may not be able to eat certified Ocean Wise 100% of the time. But my hope is that people become more aware about what they are eating – where it comes from, how it was harvested, and what impact it has on the environment. Choices exist, and the more questions we ask, the more demand and awareness we bring to the issue.”

This year’s Spot Prawn festival is on Saturday May 13, 2017. Have a look at the website (spotprawnfestival.com)  for more details.

By Jaclyn Jularbal

The Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond boasts an amazing view of the Fraser River and it’s also home to some of the best fish and chips around. Whether you’re a cod, halibut, or even a prawn fan – the deliciously deep-fried choice is up to you. In rain or shine, for here or to go, the wharf is open year-round to serve you up some world-famous eats.

Pajo’s
12351 3 Ave, Richmond, BC

One of the most recognizable, long-standing places along the wharf is Pajo’s.
Having been around for over 30 years, its yellow banner and unique dock-style entranceway has been a staple in Steveston for decades. Don’t let the lineup of people fool you, the cooks and counter clerks are speedy and the food is worth the wait. Ask anyone in line and they’ll be able to attest that what they’re waiting for is fish-and-chip perfection. Pajo’s crisp and golden fish has just the right amount of crunch; couple that with their home-style tartar sauce or sour lemon zest and the combination will leave your mouth watering for more.

Pajos | image by Sandra Steier
Pajos | Image by Sandra Steier

Now, a favourite thing about Pajo’s is that they offer the option for grilled fish and chips. If you’re not in the mood for deep-fried but you’re still a fish-fanatic, you can have your favourite fish served grilled on top of a basket of hot Pajo’s fries. With one, two, and three-piece combos, Pajo’s leaves you with lots of options based on your hunger and craving level.

The view by Pajo’s is also one-of-a-kind. Because its located on a dock, down and away from the wharf, Pajo’s location is exclusive and allows you to eat your meal directly on the Fraser River; creating the perfect ambience for a relaxing afternoon lunch.

Sockeye City Grill
108-3800 Bayview St, Steveston, BC

Further down the Wharf is the rock star patio belonging to Sockeye City Grill.  Whether you eat inside or wait at the take-out window, there are fresh fish options for everyone.

Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill
Image courtesy of Sockeye City Grill

One of the best things about Sockeye City Grill is that they have prawns n’ chips!  Deep-fried prawns paired with tasty restaurant-style fries is a great take on an old summer staple – and an absolutely perfect choice for prawn-lovers.

Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward
Sockeye City Grill’s Take-Out Prawns n’ Chips | Image by Daryl Hayward

Sockeye City Grill also has some cool side add-ons, like extra fish or oyster pieces, and a creamy seafood chowder.  Eat inside, eat on the patio, or eat on a bench along the wharf – the Sockeye City Grill experience is up to you.

The waterfront atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf really revs up the appetite –

so if you’re craving battered fish, grilled fish, or even prawns on a heaping portion of fries with homemade tartar sauces, head over to Steveston on the southwest tip of Richmond.