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T & T Supermarket Deli

179 Keefer Place
Vancouver, BC V6B6C1
Tel: (604) 899-8836
Neighbourhood: Central

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An Asian Supermarket Deli that epically fails to provide decent Asian food
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7:48pm [Take-out]

I used to get some BBQ pork or some steamed sticky rice here.

I wanted to pick up some dinner after work and wandered by before taking the Skytrain home. I chose the BBQ Duck on rice, and cello wrapped Soya Chicken on rice. The duck was $6.99 plus tax. The chicken was $5.49 plus tax.

I brought it home and noted a very small amount of duck. Just a leg piece, some very overcooked brocolli and some very overcooked rice. I have never been to an Asian deli or restaurant that screwed up white rice!! It was mushy! Also, no duck sauce was included. It was very flavourless. The chicken was very bony and had little meat. It was also flavourless. It was served on the same mushy rice and had some weird seaweed vegetable which tasted just gross.

I will NEVER go to the T&T deli for anything ever again. It was overpriced and the poorest quality Asian food I have ever come across.

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The food isn't good
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous poster. Even though this deli is more hygenic than typical China town places, the food is crap.

The hot food table food is swimming in oil, the vegetables are even labelled as fried vegetables. Almost every dish is deep fried. The noodles and rice swim in vats of oil yet are paradoxically dry.

The steam trays are large and instead of making fresh batches the food just sits there.

I really don't recommend the cooked foods, you'll be bloated with indigestion after.

The dim sum doesn't fare better. The hargow wrappers are too thick and the dim sum becomes overcooked as it just sits in the steamer.

The worst part is that many of their dim sums are prepared by hand in-house but just because they don't have a high turnover and because it sits there it tastes bad.

As for the shiny plastic wrapped cooked foods and sushi, it doesn't actually taste good. It looks appetizing but if you taste it there really is a lack of taste. With so many sushi places on every corner in Vancouver, do we really need machine-made pre-packaged sushi with hardened sushi rice? The vietnamese salad rolls are cheap, but the wrapper hardens and can't compare to a freshly wrapped roll from a restaurant.

Even the buns and baked goods aren't that good, they are so stingy with toppings & fillings. Walk a couple of blocks down into the heart of Chinatown and pick up high-quality baked goods from the small bakeries located there.

My friends mom worked at this place and she never ate there even with a discount. She had the opinion that the food was too greasy and unhealthy, I agree. I also heard rumours that they use the expired or just going to expire foods in their cooked deli section, which may explain why the veggies always look past their prime.

Avoid this place, your taste buds and stomach will thank you.

Also while the grocery store part is okay for getting hard to find Asian ingredients in a familiar Western store setting, the seafood mongers also are sort of dishonest. I buy fresh prawns here, and inevitably some dead prawns will also be included. I wish the workers were more honest, but I can see why management probably encourages this as it fattens their profits. They can easily just skim the live prawns from the top of the tank, instead of digging in and gathering the dead one's too.

Also be careful of the crabs, as sometimes they sit in the water so long and are just old.

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You would think for a Chines restaurant in an asian supermarket,it would have a wow factor!
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

What a huge dissapointment.
YOu would seriously think,that a Chinese deli,in a Chinese supermarket,would know how to make Chinese dishes.
This place(and all the other T&T deli counters for that matter) was one step bleow the Chinese Smogasbord places of old.
The selection varies,but it is a rotation of the same items.
Sweet sour pork? all bones.
Prawns are dried out.
rice is dry.
chow mein is flavorless,as is all the selections here.
I wouldnt reccomend this place to anyone,and I personally have taken food from here at least a dozen times,each time hoping for an improvement.
But nope.
And I'm not one of those picky fancy pants Gourmands.
Im a regular joe that likes chinese now and then.

The BBQ pork ,chinese sausage and duck is great,if you eat it hot.
It tastes off after reheating.
The dim sum counter is average,with the regular sui mai and har gow.
Price is not so good for what you get.
Not outstanding by anymeans.

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Who Knew?!
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

I've come here before to grab a quick bite, there is a wide variety of self serve meals including rolls/sashimi, a hot food take out section much like in a foodcourt mall, a cold salad section. The deli is clean and the food is always fresh.
They have a seating/eating section that is good to sit if you want to grab and go but it's not always super clean, there's also seating outside across the street on nice days. I spend $7 for 2 small salad rolls and 1 small helping from the cold salad bar. It was delicious. They also have bakery which is to die for. Around lunch time it tends to get a bit hectic with all types of people grabbing a bite - elderly, younger school kids, students and business people. When in the area it's my first choice for a quick lunch. Definalty give it a try.

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The Worst Chinese in Vancouver?
By Monty of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 4:03pm [Take-out]

I have shopped at T&T for ingredients, as well as tried a lot of their prepared foods. I have to agree with most of the other reviewers: because T&T is Canada's largest Asian market, I expected good-quality Chinese and Japanese prepared food. But, that's unfortunately not the case. It's more like budget food at retail prices.

Chicken and pork dishes have too much gristle and inedible parts of the animal. The sliced beef in another dish was dry, tough and fatty. I ate one piece and threw it in the trash. The sushi is absolutely horrible: mushy dense rice, and the fish isn't very fresh smelling. Dumplings are one of the better food items they offer, although they can sometimes be mushy and gluey depending on how long they sit around. Stir fried dishes are greasy and heavy because they use way too much oil.

Also, when you enter the T&T store, the entire place reeks of rotting fish. I know they sell fresh, live fish here, but, that's no excuse for the foul odour that assaults your nose when you enter the store. It's extremely of-putting, especially for a food market.

If the food was actually good, the prices would not be too bad. But, considering the overall poor quality of the prepared food, and the overall stench of uncleanliness in the store itself, their prepared foods are overpriced, unappealing, and not very enjoyable to eat.

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