Nine dishes is a small restaurant in east Vancouver that serves northern Chinese cuisine which tends to be spicy and oily. An often busy, casual and cozy place with easy to find parking space. Unlike traditional restaurants, there is little service in this informal hole-in-the-wall. Customers help themselves to their own bowls and utensils from a cart in back corner. Self serve rice and tea are free of charge. 5 separate menus with pictures show appetizers, soups or noodles, main courses, hot pots and barbeque foods. Customers write order on piece of paper before food is quickly prepared. Recommended are lamb skewer, eggplants on stick, fried lotus root stuffed with pork, Si Chuan sausage, house special spareribs, cold chicken in spicy sauce and boiled boneless fish with chili oil. Overall, good food and inexpensive prices. Nine dishes may not be for everyone but it is unique.