Orange Corner is an authentic Taiwanese restaurant in the heart of Kerrisdale. In early September, it was recognized by the Government of Taiwan for its authentic cuisine — one of only two restaurants in Vancouver to receive this designation, and 15 restaurants in North America.
Opened in 2004, Orange Corner offers a unique mix of Taiwanese dishes. It also offers up some Western fare, dishes that are popular with Vancouverites such as French crepes of the sweet and savoury varieties.
For those new to Taiwanese cooking, dishes are flavourful but not overly spicy — comfort food that’s approachable for all palates, says Florence, a spokesperson for the restaurant. Some of the restaurant’s signature items, and the perfect place to start your Taiwanese dining adventure, are the Beef Chinese Pancake Roll starter and mains including the lightly breaded and carefully seasoned Chicken Nuggets on Rice, lightly spiced Eggplant with Garlic & Chilli Sauce on Rice, and Braised Beef Shank Noodle in Soup — with a broth slow-boiled for 10 hours that includes only the freshest vegetables and herbs.
2257 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 2A3
604.266.7388 | orangecorner.ca
Beyond a multi-page menu that includes appetizers, light meals, vegetarian options, fried rice, noodles, appetizers, hotpot, soup and thick toast, Orange Corner serves up dozens of different drinks — including exotic fresh juices, fresh fruit milk, shaved ices, smoothies, Calpis (a drink made of water, nonfat dry milk and lactic acid, produced by lactic fermentation) and more. Orange Corner prides itself on only using the freshest organic fruit in its drinks, purchased daily from shops and markets. A significant portion of the restaurant’s menu is devoted to bubbletea, with and without tapioca pearls, as well as black and green teas (also with and without pearls).
Open until late, with a varied menu, there’s something for everyone at Orange Corner, which aims to provide “a cozy dining haven where everyone can feel welcome, at ease and comfortable.”
Mini feature: What is bubble tea?
By Andrew Tzembelicos
Bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink. Made with tea and milk or fruit, it usually includes fruit jellies or small pearls made from tapioca (a hardened starch that comes from the cassava root) — which lend a chewy texture to the drink, settling at the bottom of the glass. As the story goes, bubble tea was actually created by mistake when cooked sticky rice was accidentally added to milk tea.