These (new) chic Asian restaurants take on Cactus Club and Earls

“This city is not big enough for both of us.”

We have all heard this saying in Western movies when fighters try to scare each other. Well, is the same for the restaurants in Burnaby?

Specifically, the Station Square business district in Metrotown, which adds a few more restaurants in an already busy area.

Station Square already has Cactus Club and Earls, as well as the Dolar Shop hot pot restaurant.

We now have a few newcomers who specialize in Asian cuisine.

The first is Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba, which according to its website makes ramen without soup and comes in a variety of flavor styles, from spicy to curry to vegan and beyond. They pride themselves on the quality of their soba noodles.

Then there’s Tendon Kohaku, which is known for its fried tempura with an amber glow, as well as delectable wings.

As a person living on the north side of Burnaby, I am extremely jealous of the growing list of restaurants in this neighborhood.

I still haven’t tried the Dolar Shop Hot Pot due to the pandemic, but as restaurants get ready to reopen for indoor dining, I’m good to roll.

What is the Dolar store? It’s a global hot pot giant that operates in multiple US markets, Australia and, of course, all of China. There is also one in Richmond.

The company boasts that its hot pot is fresher than others and offers the types of ingredients that are not offered in other restaurants. Like wagyu beef cubes, shrimp pie, peony shrimp and more.

As for the broths, there is a black truffle broth among the options, as well as tomato and oxtail.

Both are something I have never seen in a local hot spot. And I tried a lot of them after my girlfriend introduced me to the hot pot – it was a defining moment in my culinary life.

In the past five years, we have tried all kinds of hot pots, from Japanese to Korean to many varieties of Chinese hot pot, including Beijing, Yunnan, Macau, Cantonese and Chongquin.

But my real love is the Mongolian hot pot.

If you haven’t tried the hot pot, you’re definitely missing out. You can choose all the accompanying ingredients and sauces and cook them at your table laughing and talking. It is a wonderful shared experience.

So there you have it. Go and try a warm place and explore as much as you can. Life is short so eat well.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @ shinebox44.

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