The newly-installed brightly coloured neon cockerel sign attracted us to Sai Woo in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. The original Sai Woo opened its doors in 1925 and thrived for decades as a local favourite and has now been beautifully restored and is known for its delicious modern Asian cuisine using the best fresh locally sourced ingredients. We appreciated a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Issac Ko following a reception with a tasty canapé and 2015 CVNE Rioja Monopole Blanco.
We enjoyed family style servings of Woo Dumplings filled with a mix of pork and prawn, cilantro nuoc cham and asian herbs; delicious Korean Scallion Pancakes with charred scallions, Korean bbq pork and kimchi; spicy Szechuan Garlic Prawns with XO chilli vinaigrette and Chinese vegetables; tasty Sous Vide Black Pepper Beef Brisket with a merlot reduction, confit shallots and Chinese vegetables; and finishing with a sweet Lemon Tart.
As well as the white rioja wine, we enjoyed a 2012 Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schützenhaus Riesling Kabinett and tastes of 2008 Laughing Jack Shiraz Greenock from Australia's Barossa Valley, 2007 St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Progeny Vineyards from Mt. Veeder in California's Napa Valley and 2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel from California's Paso Robles and a shared selection of craft beers from award-winning Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.
Our thanks go to owner Salli Pateman and Chef Issac Ko for their assistance to arranging our dinner, to Deep Cove Brewers and to Milena Robertson for her photographs of the event.