Fried or steamed, brown or white, and more: There are endless types of and ways to prepare rice. Since rice works as the perfect canvas for whatever meal you’re preparing, it’s no wonder this beloved grain is enjoyed across the globe.
Here are few of our top picks for Vancouver restaurants with great rice dishes that are $10 or less.
Zac Zac Japanese Curry
H-Mart, the Korean grocery store on Robson, has a food court in the back that’s a total hidden gem. One of our faves is the katsu with curry sauce from Zac Zac Curry House. For under $9, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a fast and filling lunch.
Address: 590 Robson Street, Downtown
The $8.95 burrito bowl from Chipotle is guaranteed to fill you up for the rest of the day, which you can thank in part to their fresh cilantro-lime rice. If you don’t mind standing in the always long line-ups, these bowls are well worth the wait.
Address: 818 Howe Street, Downtown
Urban Thai Bistro
Between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Urban Thai Bistro offers a Lunch Combo Special that comes with a spring roll, salad, and Thai jasmine rice all for under $10.
Address: 1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Hon’s Wun-Tun House
Hons offers a seemingly endless menu packed with Chinese comfort food. There are plenty of fried rice dishes that are $10 or less to choose from, including Diced Chicken & Salted Fish for $9.50. Oh, and did we mention free delivery?
Address: 1339 Robson Street, Downtown
Curry 2 U
Located on Granville Island, Curry 2 U offers some pretty awesome daily deals that don’t break $7. For Lentil Tuesday, you get a bowl of basmati rice and three choices of lentils for just $3.81. Next up is Veggie Wednesday, which serves vegetables, rice, lentils, Bombay beach mix, and naan for $6.90. Then there’s #TiffinThursday, where you just bring your old tiffin and refill it with your favourite Indian dishes for an even $5.
Address:281-1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island
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