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Foo’s Ho Ho Restaurant – Oldest Chinese Restaurant in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown!

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Foo’s Ho Ho Restaurant
102 E. Pender
Vancouver BC
604-609-2889
Open Wed-Sun, 12 – 3 pm and 5 – 9 pm
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Friends of Foo’s Ho Ho is an ad hoc group formed to educate lovers of good food about traditional Lo Wah Kiu (old overseas Chinese) cooking style and to preserve it for those who believe it is soul food.

Please  join our ” Friends of Foo’s Ho Ho Facebook Page and Group at http://tinyurl.com/yd84hnc and http://tinyurl.com/ybkae5h

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The following photos were taken by Toddish McWong (With great thanks to Toddish!)



Foo’s Ho Ho is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Hum Siu Fow (Saltwater City – Vancouver) historic Chinatown. It’s unique because it serves an old country-style of Cantonese cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else in Metro Vancouver.
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Many of these dishes have names that are similar to dishes in other local Chinese restaurants, but few follow the old traditional cooking style that originated from the small villages surrounding the ‘Four Counties’ near the Pearl River delta. This peasant-style of cooking was brought over by the Lo Wah Kiu adventurers who arrived on the shores of Gum San (Gold Mountain – North America) in the wake of the 1849 California gold rush to seek fame and fortune.
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As Chinatowns prospered, many of the finest Chinese chefs followed this style of down-home cooking and soon it was elevated to a high cuisine. As the Chinese population dispersed towards the prairies and farther east, the Chinese café became a staple in almost every small rural community. Soon many dishes such as Egg Fu-Yung, Chow Mein, Chop Suey, Sweet and Sour Pork and Deep Fried Prawns were added to the menu. Thus the food served by Foo’s Ho Ho is part of a culinary legacy that spans over 150 years of continued Chinese Canadian presence in Canada.




" The patrons lend a certain 'je ne sai quoi' which may be the heart of the 
movement to keep Foo's Ho Ho's heart beating"




Please visit:
Foo's Ho Ho Restaurant
102 E. Pender
Vancouver BC
604-609-2889
Open Wed-Sun, 12 - 3 pm and 5 - 9 pm
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  1. Gretchen
    January 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Great post! I had no idea about the history of these dishes.

  2. lummaewai
    November 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    thanks for the history. I grew up in china town and this has given me a clue in my family history resurch. As this was the style of food my greatgrandmother cooked. Our family had many important occasions at this rrsturant. Ho Ho Joy Gin

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