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Hawker's Delight

4127 Main St.
Vancouver, BC V5V3P6
Tel: (604) 709-8188
Neighbourhood: Riley Park

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Good Budget Eats in Trendy Main Street
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Dined solo this afternoon and decided to check out Hawkers Delight (after seeing all the good reviews).

It's a tiny, hole-in-the-wall type place. Don't try to navigate a stroller or wheelchair in here. Ordered at the counter after perusing the menu on the walls.

Ordered the veggie fritters (2 for $1 and change) and the Laksa ($5 and change). I also had a can of Guava Juice. Self serve water (from large bottles) and tea was available gratis. I ordered at the counter and got change from a $10!!!! Wow!!

My fritters were served straight away and I carried them, with my guava juice to a small table. There was some type of dark sauce (it wasn't soy sauce) and some hot sauce available. A few minutes later, the counterperson brought me my steaming bowl of Laksa.

The fritters were very tasty - with some sort of clear dressing on them. Very yummy and very budget priced. The Laksa was not quite as rich (from coconut milk) as I would like and I needed to spice it up a bit- but still very ,very tasty and quite the bargain with its low price point.

If I was in the area - I would go here again. It is also a neat little place to treat someone to a very casual, inexpensive date - a nice stroll along Main Street and a meal for two could be accomplished for only $20.

Recommended.

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Fit for a Student's Budget. Tastes Exceed Price Point
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Every entree here is around $5-6. The portions are very generous, especially for the price.

As a starving student, I have been frequenting this place mainly for the price-point, but honestly, the quality of food is very very good. Hawker's is unequivocally better than any asian fast-food food-court place - Manchu Wok and the like - which costs about $10 and is greasy as hell! I would venture out to say that the quality is better than many sit-in restaurants as well.

I'm not Malaysian, but as an asian I can still tell between what's fake 'western' asian food (eg: sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, etc) and real asian food... this place serves up real asian and real good food without breaking the bank.

I would NOT bring a date here tho since it's really a sit-in place ;-)

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Good food, great prices, perfect place for a quick bite
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 8:47am [Dine in]

Located in a bustling part of Main street, I've literally walked by this place hundreds of times without going in. You can just sort of miss it, or quickly see it and put it out of mind. I finally decided to give it a shot (it always looks so busy, so it must be good) and I was pretty satisfied.

The food is extraordinarily cheap for the portions you get. In some cases you won't be able to finish it all, but at just over 5 dollars a dish, who cares. They've also got these great things called 'Vege Fritters' (SP or maybe that's just how you spell it?) which at less than a buck a pop are absolutely worth a try. They come in a vinegar-like dressing and are crispy and delicious. The mains can all be quite spicy so keep that in mind when they ask you how hot you'd like your dish.

Servicewise, the place is DIY. You get your own water and cutlery, and after ordering wait with a number until they bring you your dish. The place is really small, not exactly clean but by not means a health disaster.

I'd recommend anyone who frequents the area to give it a try, because you can't really lose at the prices, and you might be hooked. I know I'll go back.

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Good value, flavourful food, good for take-out
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Hawker's Delight is a very inexpensive colourful spot on main. They've been there for year's. The food is Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian basically South-East Asian.

The prices are super low at around $4-$6 low! Which is why your portions won't be super huge. It's still enough for lunch. If there are two people it's best to order three dishes at least. If you are a big meat eater order the satay's.

The curry puffs here rock. They are the best in the city, with a nice hint of spice. Their fried noodles and rice are yummy as well.

All of their food is competently cooked. At these price point's don't expect the world though.

For amazing laksa I do recommend Bo Laksa King.
For a more refined upscale and expensive dining experience Tamarind Hill is awesome for Malaysian food.

Hawker's Delight is best for inexpensive take-out when you are craving something spicy and flavourful and are in the main area.

Excellent value, rock bottom pricing and good food what more could you ask for?

For those who are interested, "Hawker" refers to the numerous Singaporean food stalls who compete with each other for business. In Singapore most people do not cook at home instead after work they head to the hawker food stalls for amazing food at cheap prices. The food has to be excellent to survive as a stall owner in the uber-competitive hawker environment.

This restaurant opens a bit erratically so do phone-in just to confirm they are open before visiting. I've been disappointed before as they tend to take holiday's and the restaurant is just closed during that period.

Recommended!

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Pretty Delightful
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I read about Hawker's Delight in this year's Vancouver Food & Drink Guide and figured I'd try it out. The storefront is kind of hard to see driving by and it is literally a hole in the wall - very run down decor and stark tables & chairs. But once you look beyond that, everything else is not bad. The lady that took our order at the front was super friendly and I liked how you could just order off the massive pictured menu above at the front. We tried 3 dishes - the hainanese chicken, the mee siam and laksa. All good portions & tasty. And man, you can't go wrong for less than $5 for each dish! It is a small casual neighborhood joint, so don't expect fancy dishes or decor. What you can expect is pretty yummy food just like the hawker stalls in Singapore! But I think the stalls in Singapore are way cleaner! =)

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Good Food
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 16, 2006 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

The place is small and not very comfortable. More like a moms and pops kinda place but the food is great. Especially for the price. If you;re looking for a good hainanese chicken on rice, this is a good place for it.

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Hole In One!
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 8, 2006 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

When reviewers actually said it was a hole in the wall, I didn't quite believe it. But I do now!

The place is very easy to spot, and at first it looks really shabby and looks like the food wouldn't be that great, but you really have to get your butt in there and try this place.

They had a self-order and self-seating system going on here, so don't be confused like me! The servers are just there to call out takeout orders and bring you the food. No one will be taking you to a table.

For two little girls we had mee goreng, chicken curry with rice, a lot of satays, and spring rolls. We couldn't finish it all, and were stuffed like turkeys by the end.

The satays are the best things here. Damn, the juicyness of the pork makes me want to go again this week. The sweet peanut sauce was awesome. I thought the chicken curry didn't really have much oomph, as the sauce was a bit too oily and didn't really taste like ...well curry. We ordered the spicy mee goreng, and it does get spicy after you eat it continuously. Mee goreng is a recommendation as well. The spring rolls were piping hot, but DRENCHED with oil. I didn't really like it as much.

Portions are huge and it's a bit noisy because of traffic, but nonetheless, this is one place you GOTTA try out. I'm definitely going back in the next few weeks. Oh, and did I tell you all that cost only 14 bucks? Yep, thats right.

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Save the airfare and eat here!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

I went to check out HD on a trip to Main Street, but I think I took a left turn and ended up in Singapore. I had the lamb curry, which had a nice balance between fire and musky lambness, and my wife had the mee goreng, which was superior to the stuff they serve at Banana Leaf or Tropika. We also enjoyed a vast number of satays and some spring rolls which were all really good.

I was hoping for something a bit better in the line of drinks, but there was complementary tea, so no worries. The ambience is like a cross between a night market and a Singapore hawker centre, and the service is a similar too, (think Lau Pat Sat Festival Market). The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are unbelievable.

Yum!

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Inexpensive hole-in-the-wall
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Good for takeout. Can be satisfactorily fed with a tasty meal for very very very little. Hosts odd hours. But really really good for what you get.

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Not too bad......but
By Huge of Surrey (131 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 3:09pm [Take-out]

Went here on the recommendations of fellow food critics on Dinehere.ca. I noticed that it was busy for lunch but after a few minutes in trying to decide what to order, I just went up and ask the server what she recommends. She suggested the Laska and I forgot the other dish's name but it was 2b on the menu. Anyways it was not too bad but I expected better. The soup base sauce was made out of coconut milk which was tasty with the deep fried tofu, fish cake and shredded chicken. The noodles was good. But the time I tried the Laska....I noticed that it was the same soup base and the only difference was that it did not have any meat (ie. fish cake, shredded chicken etc). It did not taste as good as the one with meat. Overall I was satisfied but it was not something I would run back to try again. Maybe if I tried the other dishes. Solid place to have cheap eats. I need to try some other dishes next time to have a better opinion of this place.

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Great laksa!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I ate at Hawker's Delight with my sister and brother-in-law. We were told to try this place for some good malaysian "snacks". Having visited Malaysia only a couple months before, they thought the laksa was good, but obviously not as good as in Malaysia. I tasted it, and thought it was great! I had the chickpea curry and thought it was good, but they could have eased off on the chilis. Sort of too hot to enjoy. It's a great small restaurant.

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One of the cheapest places for decent grub
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2004 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Not a place I would recommend taking a girl on a date but the price is right. At 4 or 5 dollars a dish, the food is downright cheap.

If you are with a friend, grab 3 dishes and roll stuffed for under 15 bucks. Try the Lamb Curry /w rice and the Mee Goreng.

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Quick in and out authentic malaysian/singapore food
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

The stuff on the menu was very authentic. The people there was very nice as well.

This is a quick in and out food joint. Almost like a fast food for malaysian/singapore food. Their deep friend vegetable, fritter like, thingys are really good.

Good for the value. Quite economical for a quick lunch or dinner.

Will definately go back!!!

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It's Packed for Lunch - A good sign
By sinner of North Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

Visited this little hole in the wall restaurant based on good past reviews... It was pretty much what I expected... As I walked by, uncertain about the exact address, the aromas enticed me off the sidewalk... As I walked in, it was packed with a late lunch crowd... More importantly, this little restaurant reminded me of the hawker stands I visited in Singapore... Newton Circus and Downtown... The decor (bright, colourful but utilitarian) was the first clue these people knew Hawker food... I had the Laksa, 5 satays and a drink for less than 10 dollars... An extremely good value for what I got. The Laksa was pretty much the same way I remembered it in Singapore... A nice cococunut broth mixed in with tubular noodles with bits of chicken and tofu... These guys fulfill my three requirements for continued patronage... Good, Fast (more or less) and Cheap... I'll be back...

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Finally made my way in and liked what I ate.
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

I finally made my way to this restaurant after numerous occasions seeing the volume of people in a relatively small dining area. I was wondering what was I missing out on? - Decided that I'd rather not feel cramped in relatively small dining quarters and not interested in waiting in a line-up for food I'm paying for.

Anyway, made my way in and the no frills service is part of the ambiance here. The food was very impressive for the prices listed and the food is relatively good. I don't believe the food is the best out there but it is somewhat competitive. The prices pretty much blow away any other competitor though.

I would recommend and I would come back to try some of the other selections.

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wicked curry lamb!
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

This is one of those standard "hole in the wall" places. It's pretty typical malay fare, hainese chicken, currries etc. I always have the curry lamb and it's always excellent, I think it's 6.50, pretty good deal, nicely flavoured and nice spices. The menu is on the wall and there's like maybe 6 or 7 tables, eat in or take-out. I think it's family run. The place could be a little cleaner but for good curry this is the place.

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My favourite hole-in-the wall
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

I hope that hawker's stays the same, offering fan favourites at low prices. They've recently renovated the place and replaced the tables, chairs and utensil holders. They repainted the walls and chose the exact same guady colours - Jamaican yellow and green! I've come to actually appreciate the tacky colours and kitschy posters of SE Asian countries. So soothing enjoying a tasty bowl of laksa, while listening to Teresa Teng classics blaring in the background.

All dishes are between $4.50 to $6.00. Awesome for a quick lunch fix and take out dinners. You pay cash at the front and they bring the food out to you if you're sitting in. There's no full service (greeting, seating, taking your order) but I think it's commendable that they offer 'half-service' with no expectation for tips. I always leave a loonie out of appreciation.

One caveat though. Don't expect super high quality ingredients or excellent prepration for the price. Enjoy it for what it is and you'll leave satisfied. I will come back for years to come.

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Hit or Miss...
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

They say you get what you pay for. This is true for hawker's delight. As mentioend the place is grungier. But if you've travelled to South East Asia and are food monger like me, you'd probably been to eating at far grummier places than this. :-D . This is not a place sit in and enjoy your meal. Rather maybe a take-out place or in for a quick bite. The owner is Singaporean. But they are not professinal cooks/restauranter themselves. But they were brave enough to venture and have done a decent job inspite of their experience.
The food marginally resembles the real deal from it's original. It is however well priced for what you are getting. Without getting technical on how they prepare the food. They do strive to be authentic but with the space and equipment they have that would be very hard to replicate what they offer even in M'sia or S'pore. They are offering what would be 5-7 hawker stalls worth of food. As each hawker would ONLY prepare and sell one specialty ie satay, hainamese chicken not all that you would find here.
Moving on, I've been HD since they opened shop a few years ago. The food has been consistently admirable. There are better hainamese chicken rice in the city and better curry laksa. But for the money this is still a good deal if you dont mind the cramp and slighly dirty enviroment.
comaprable- cafe d'lite, prima taste

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Got sore throat eating here. Food is way too oily. They probably never change the oil
By milou of East Van (46 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 6:55pm [Take-out]

Was working on a site near Main so I tried Hawker Delights for 3 straight days because of price. First day I tried Nasi Goreng, which was pretty good but lack any meat. Second day I had laksa and char kway teoy, They were good eventhough the laksa was a bit thick but still original. I wanted to point the char kway teoy was almost perfect with all the burnt noodle around the edges. All these times I also ordered the vege fritters. So my throat started acting up and didn't know what it was. On the third lunch I had mee goreng and soon enough come bed time I was clearing up my throat all night. The next day I had sore throat. The food was not bad but the hygiene is questionable. Also they used tons of MSG on their food. I was beyond thirsty after meals.

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I like not having to tip
By semipicky of Vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

and have the food served to my table. (Alright, I do tip but not as much as a conventional restaurant) It's fast, efficient and for most people, edible. It's oily, salty and filling. Most dishes are less than $6 including tax, for a pretty big portion, not much to complain about, you even get it brought to your table! It's cramped and small inside with dust and car exhaust getting blown in through the open window (especially if you decide to sit and eat there) Can't say the food is particularly great for malaysian/singaporean food but for $6 on main street which is getting trendier by the minute, they put out a good effort.

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