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Hawker's Delight

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

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Its always a great place for lunch
By mabb of Edmonds,Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I love Hawker's. Its easy, tasty and really,really resonably priced.
I have had almost everything on the menu, and must say I've never been dissapointed.
People who know and love this place come to love the "ambiance", although I can see how some first time visitors may find it odd. Also, If you're a stickler for super clean bathrooms, you may want to avoid the one in Hawker's, but the same can be said for many bathrooms in local restaurants.
I like to take my friends here and only had one complaint of someone getting sick the next day. It MAY have been the food, but more likely the 5 martinis he had after!
Highly recommended.

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Bleh to the Hawkers!
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Hey, I like cheap food just as much as the next guy but this place sucks. The ambience is really nasty and the food was sub-par. I felt ripped off and would have enjoyed some Pho for the same price instead. I will not go back to this joint.

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Best bang for the buck Malay
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:01pm [Take-out]

Hawker's Delight is THE place to go to for cheap Malay food. I've been coming here for years for their roti and hainanese chicken. I usually just take to go because it is always packed with lots of people, primarily college-going students (surprise surprise). Nonetheless, service is fast. For those that complain about it being too greasy or heavy, they are forgetting how inexpensive the food here is. Not much of a service offered here, but for less than $10, meal, what do you expect?

They dont accept credit cards so prepare to bring cash.

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cheap and fills the hole
By badgerbalm of pretentious yaletown (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Not the kindest of words to describe the place, but it's true. It's dirt cheap, and fills the hole.

Since I don't know what Malaysian or Singaporean food is supposed to authentically taste like, I can't say if the Mee whatever I had today was up to snuff, but my taste buds approved. I do like that they have about 10 vegetarian items. The food came within 10 minutes of ordering and piping hot.

The service is the pits, but whatever, for a meal under $5, I'll even take abuse (which I didn't get). My friend asked which of the dishes (3 choices) was the best, and she bit his head off saying they're all good.

Since I hate paying money for crappy food that a child can make better, I will gladly take poor service and bland ambiance for cheap-but-pleasant-to-the-mouth food. I will definitely be going back to explore the menu some more.

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Favorite Place!
By reaquino of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

OK one of my favorite places to eat. My favorite dish being lamb curry rice.

Don't expect any service other than you come in, order and receive your food. It's not that kind of place. This is a street food hole in the wall type place.

One of the best value places in Vancouver.

Place can be packed sometimes.

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Hawkers is great on a tight budget!
By artinge3 of vancouver (main) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Large amounts of food that taste pretty decent! Half the menu is veggie friendly. Meals are under $5, making it a great place if you are on a tight budget. The place is usually pretty busy, however it never takes too long to get your food. There are some secret menu items posted on the side wall that don't appear on the main ordering board. Your meal also comes with free water/ green tea. I usually purchase a veggie fritter for while I wait as well, they are delicious.

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Cheap place indeed....
By Lise of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Reminds me of eating in Malaysia where the food is cheap and good value. Cuisine is pretty close to Malaysian and I enjoyed everything there.

My only complain is the ambiance. I'm not that crazy about seeing flies buzzing in and out of the place nor did I love the cheap plastic stools and tables.

Service is wonderful - the owners make you feel at home.

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A little taste of Asia.
By urdailo of Cambie (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 12, 2006 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

First of all, I would have to say if you have never traveled and eaten in “hole in the wall establishments” in Asia, you have to give these folks a try.
Food here is tasty, authentic and inexpensive; suggest the nasi-gorang or mee-gorang if you have never tried Malay or Singaporean food. Make sure you order mild or you might be on fire.
Ambiance is actually where the interesting experience comes in. The paint and décor is “dingy”, and not in a bad way. With travel poster, plastic chairs and utensils. What really gives it that feeling is the open window when the weather is hot, and you can hear the traffic going by, just like what you expect in a street stall in the orient.
Have an open mind and give it a go…

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No Disappointments
By rabbit of West End (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

The food here is excellent and anyone familiar with eating in a Hawker Centre in Singapore or Malaysia will be happy with the results given some of the limited ingredients that they have to work with here. The food is tasty and fresh made by people who obviously know the cuisine. The one negative review that I've read here is probably from someone who does not know the cuisine or the culture and well let's face it, not everyone likes to eat steak either. I gave an ambience rating of solid because it's just like you would find in Singapore, nothing fancy, just good food. Service rating is also solid just because there are limited seats and odd hours. Food Rating is is Outstanding because of the authenticity and I really like food from that area. Overall rating is Outstanding because it gives you exactly what you expect. Favorites are Mee Pok & the Lamb Curry. Where else can you get stuffed for $10?

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Value Meal...
By testID of maple ridge (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2005 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

This place is great if you have a craving to eat out but you are between pay cheques. The food is very cheap but tasty. The place does need some renovations but your there for the food and not the decore. Dont bring your dates here, they might not be impressed :P This would be a great place for students on a budget...

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Good cheap food, not for dates
By gwfung of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 12:48am [Dine in]

I've been to a few Singapourian-Malaysian, and the food here good! It is a hole in the wall, but can't beat yummy $5 meals.

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Really is delightful
By lowbrowpalate of East Van (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

I have found few restaurants as capable as Hawker's Delight of satisfying friends whose tastes veer from the bland to the gourmand to the pretensious for less than five dollars a serving. I once lived within a few blocks of this family establishment, and it made a convert of me.

The food is flavourful, consistently apportioned and has a homemade feeling, and is served quickly with amiable efficiency. This is the kind of restaurant that is likely to become your favourite source of offbeat comfort food. Make sure to order the spring rolls with sweet sauce.

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Good bad, not so good decor
By jdurales of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

The food very solid here. I've been to Malaysia and Singapore and I have to say the food is above average here. And the price reflects the name Hawker which in Singapore means street stand. It is run as more of a take out place as seating is very limited here and ordering is done by going to a cut out window of the kitchen. The women there is usually friendly and takes orders quite efficiently. She messed up my order once though and I had to wait 30 minutes for my take out order so that was not cool.

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Yummy & a great deals, what more to ask for?
By yumyumlu of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

I have heard so many great things about this place and I'm so happy that we have finally gotten the chance to try it. It's nice to know you can find a meal in Vancouver for $5!

If you've had this kind of food before, most dishes are very curry and saucy. I ordered one of the vegetarian curries and my friend ordered the chicken curry. The chicken curry was a chicken quarter in curry sauce with rice for $5. The portions were a perfect size and the dishes were very tasty - you can tell there's some great home cooking going on back there!

Again, with a place like this you cannot judge the it by it's cover. I have to warn you, the crowd knows where this secret is! It's a small place with cheap delicious food - what more can you ask for?

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great cheap eats
By harihari of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Hawker = street vendor! Expect tasty, quick and filling eats, not exquisite service or luxurious atmosphere. This is dirt-cheap and delicious Singapore-style street food, with hot tea. My favorite is the dried noodles dish, and the other options are generally good as well.

A great meal for under $7; the cramped quarters recall those weird and awesome meals you ate while on your epic mid-20s round-the-world backpacking trip. Do it!

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Very tasty, quick, and cheapy!
By Klu of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

To start, I think it's fair to say that the rating system does not do "fast foody" joints any justice since you can't rank ambience or service of a street vendor to a haute cuisine restaurant. So rating are bound to be lower for quick eats places though this does not truly reflect how good it is for it's class.

I frequent Hawker's and it's superb for it's class - quick and cheap eats. It's quality food that's tasty and very affordable. I hear it's also very authentic malay street food.

Last night I had the curry chicken and it was extraordinary. So tasty and very fulfilling. Rich curry sauce with ample thai basil and creamy coconut milk. Yum! Satays are also always good. For 2, we got appies and a each a dish for under $17. Incredible price that you just can't beat. My curry chicken with rice was only $4.75!

Ambience is what you'd expect of a quick eats joint. It's eat and go. Service is prompt and they clean the tables frequently. Tea is hot and food is fresh. Can't really beat it.

So if the ranking was only compared to other fast foody restaurants, then I give Hawkers a big 4.5/5 overall score. It's a repeat place for sure.

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What A deal
By gyromite of False Creek, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The atmosphere isn't the best but the value makes the sit worth while. Pretty much all dishes here are about 5 bucks each.

Today, I ordered the Hainanese Chicken Rice, a prawn noodle soup and a flat rice noodle dish. Everything was tasty and from my understanding the tastes were true to how it would taste in South East Asia.

pictures can be found on
vancouverslop.blogspot.com

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Great Place for Low Priced Food
By ManLobster of Main (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

Every time I've gone the food has been great and it seems like the portions have gotten bigger. They set it up so you stand in line and order at the counter and pay first, you have a seat and they bring the food out to you with little wait time. When your stuffed and happy you wander out the front door. Now that's a perfect set up for me. The food is around 5 bucks for a meal, there's lots of it, and it tastes great. The place is a little colourful cube with Singapore and Malay advertisements on the walls and a bar in front of the window to sit at. That comfortable spot to sit and look out onto the street raises the ambiance rating. It's especially nice in the summer when the windows are wide open. Anyways check it out if you haven't, I recommend the Nasi Goring.

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Absolutely brilliant
By AhuraMazda of East Van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 12:22am [Dine in]

This isn't suburbia. This is the city, and this is real food. Real food comes from real places. The atmosphere here is killer. The front opens onto the street for fresh air and prime people watching. Counter service is swift and better than table service any day. Plastic, ambiant insects are a problem? Go to Earl's. It's cramped, a little bit loud...you know, with your neighbours there. And they're all there because the food is outstanding. I've never had a dish I didn't like, very rare for me. The spring rolls are among the best in the city. The lontong, mee soto and other dishes are what people who know their food love the best - the flavours are fresh and bright, complex yet simple and harmonic. I'm a big guy with a big appetite and the portions work just fine as long as I throw a couple spring rolls in there. But one thing...skip the free green tea. It's kind of vile, been sitting all day and is too mossy and astringent.

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What's so delight?
By achih1076 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

It's bad enough that parking is a headache, but when we sat
down we noticed no washroom access? we ordered their skewers which were
burnt right through, then we ordered their laksa which tasted like cold cooking oil
without so much as a hint of spicyness, we couldn't stomach anything else because
we were going for a hot meal! not out of the fridge laksa

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