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Vancouver’s Most Popular Foods of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, we’re looking back at all the food (ahem all the calories) we ate this year.

Although we wine and dine’d a great deal in the past 12 months, we couldn’t help but have flashbacks to conversations with friends and seeing these items plastered all over Instagram.

And whether you agree with the hype (and lined up for an hour) or not – their popularity was no joke.

Here are the 6 of the most popular foods in Vancouver for 2018:

1. Japanese Cheesecake From Uncle Tetsu

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Without a doubt, the arrival of this world-renown Japanese cheesecake shop to Vancouver, sent the hype metre through the rough. When Uncle Tetsu first opened in Metropolis, everyone wanted to get their hands on these fluffy cheesecakes. The line up snaked around the mall’s ground level to the point where people waited 1.5 hours to get a piece of the cake.

After more than half a year, you can still see the two lines of people eagerly awaiting for 15 – 45 minutes to get their hands on them. Being able to purchase a box became a sense of accomplishment as you’ll find people posing happily with their spoils.

Although we get the hype, we’re now eagerly awaiting for the new flavours like Matcha Cheesecake to arrive.

Hype Metre Rating: Through the roof and still going.

Location: Metropolis 4700 Kingsway, Unit M161, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2

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2. Apple Pie/Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich From Earnest

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This isn’t your ordinary ice cream sandwich you had as a kid.

When the already super-popular Earnest Ice Cream does their magic and combines an ice cream sandwich with heavenly flavours like Apple Pie or Strawberry Swirl, you bet they are bringing everyone to the yard.

With only small batches available at particular stores, we saw frozen dessert fanatics (like Deannawoo) stock up her freezer with a dozen of these bad boys. Something we can see ourselves doing.

We tried it and we’re hoping this sticks.


  • 1485 Frances St. Vancouver, BC

  • 127 W 1st St. North Vancouver, BC

  • 3992 Fraser St. Vancouver, BC

  • 1829 Quebec Street. Vancouver, BC

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Alternatives: Mister Ice Cream

3. Matcha Tart From Trafiq Bakery

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It is safe to say that matcha is one of those flavours that will always do just fine in Vancouver. No matter what form, it will be desired.

When busy neighbourhood cafe and bakery, Trafiq, dropped their gorgeous Mucho Matcha Tart…Vancouverites went insane. This tart is basically a matcha fan’s dream. It is made from matcha almond cream, matcha pastry cream, and matcha cream.

Because the Mucho Matcha tart is only baked once or twice a month, people are watching the bakery’s Instagram page like a hawk, waiting to see when the next time it is in the cafe.

We’re still waiting to get a bite out of this tart ourselves.

Location: 4216 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

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4. Brown Sugar Pearls Milk Bubble Tea From Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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Even before all the other bubble tea shops started offering their own version of Brown Sugar Pearls Milk, Yifang already had a legion of fans lining up for their 3PM and 7PM drops.

Brown Sugar Pearls are tapioca pearls boiled with cane sugar and brown sugar. It creates pearls that are more flavourful and chewy compared to its regular counterpart.

Thanks to the success of their Brown Sugar Pearls Milk and Fruit Teas, Yifang is quickly popping up in various neighbourhoods.

But now that Brown Sugar Pearls is available at almost every bubble tea joint, the question left for Vancouverites is finding out the best one for them. Whether this craze will end in 2019 will be uncertain as more and more popular chains like Xin Fu Tang enter the market.


  • 2-1725 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9

  • 1131-8328 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4B5

  • 3612 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5M2

  • 4501 North Rd #202B, Burnaby, BC V3N 4J5

  • 2112 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 1Z2

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Alternatives: Xin Fu Tang, Coco, Taanchar, Exposure, Mr. Mustache, Sharetea

5. Spicy Korean Fried Chicken Burger From The Frying Pan

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If you’ve ever wandered around Financial District in Downtown Vancouver, during lunch time, you’ve probably seen the massive line formed outside their truck. And if you’ve watched our feature with The Frying Pan, you’ll know why they are considered the top food truck in Vancouver.

Jacob and his team does an immaculate job in creating high-quality, crispy, and mouth-watering Korean Fried Chicken – all in that tiny truck! They do so by vowing not to cut corners so they can serve only the best and what they are proud of.

We’ve had a big chomp of their burgers and The Frying Pan is a trend we’re going to back.

Location: 505 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V7X 1V3

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6. Soba from Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

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With so many ramen spots in Vancouver, it was refreshing to see something different make its way over here. And we think people thought the same.

When Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba opened, they became the hottest new restaurant with long lines and a ton of buzz on social media. Bowls of their mazesoba and bright yellow egg yolk was all over people’s newsfeeds.

Although we enjoyed the interactiveness of the item (popping the yolk, mixing the ingredients, using vinegar, finishing the remaining sauce with rice), we’re curious whether its massive popularity will cement soba into an item that Vancouverites lust for like ramen and sushi.

Location: 551 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3H6

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