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East Hastings Food Crawl

The intersection of Hastings and Nanaimo doesn’t immediately spring to mind as one of Vancouver’s great culinary destinations. But a stroll along this East Side stretch reveals one of the best and most diverse food crawls in our city
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Kielbasa is great at Polonia Sausage House, but our pick is juniper berry sausage Ksenia Makagonova
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The intersection of Hastings and Nanaimo doesn’t immediately spring to mind as one of Vancouver’s great culinary destinations. But a stroll along this East Side stretch reveals one of the best and most diverse food crawls in our city

Visit the Urbani family's Moccia Italian Meat Market (Open Thurs-Sat, 2276 E. Hastings St., 604-255-2032. Moccia.ca) and chat with the makers of the city's finest Italian cured meats. The fig toscano is an excellent example of why their salami is so sought after-rich savoury meatiness balances the warmth of fennel and sweetness of dried Turkish figs.

Though the menu expertly traverses Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai cuisines, it's the Burmese dishes at Bo Laksa King (2546 E. Hastings St., 604-568-4593. Bolaksaking.com) that are the stars. The fermented tea leaf salad (lahpet thoke) is a buzzy mix of pungent tea leaves, tomatoes, fried garlic, crispy lentils, and cabbage tossed with a spicy-sharp lime dressing. The intensely satisfying mohinga (the national dish of Burma), a heady mix of slow-simmered fish stock, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, tender banana stems, and noodles, evokes the rich flavours of old Rangoon.

Le Do's (2292 E. Hastings St., 604-253-3508) simple and cleanly flavoured pho has a loyal fan base. The brightly refreshing prawn and green papaya salad echoes their restrained approach with beautiful shreds of grassy-green papaya and carrots topped with sweet prawns, toasted peanuts, and a lively fish sauce dressing. Virtuous and delicious.

Unable to find quality baked goods in the neighbourhood, Lucia Tam and Bobby Chick decided to open the charming East Village Bakery (2166 E. Hastings St., 604-568-5600. Eastvillagebakery.com). Their palmiers are a labour of love. The cookies are addictive marvels of housemade puffed pastry layered with caramelized butter and sugar and baked to a golden crisp.

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