Panaderia Latina Bakery
4906 Joyce Street
Empanadas. It seems its my “thing” of the past year in terms of something to eat that I’ve deliberately sought out more often than any other food. In doing so, I’ve had a few different takes on it. But in the end, I think I’m really all about the salty, savoury taste that only a delicious melted cheese inside can provide.
As luck would have it, after my takeaway package from Bo Laksa King was ready to go, I popped over next door to see if there was anything worthwhile at Panaderia, and sure enough they had empanadas. I’m sure I’m not alone in doing this double-header of meals on this street corner just up the way from Joyce Skytrain station.
#1065 – 5300 No. 3 Rd
After my eye-opening experience in Calgary having some excellent empanadas at Empanada Queen in Pizza Roma with foodosopher, I was in a desperate hunt to try and find something similar back in Vancouver. My initial search led me to Empanada Hut, located in one of my least favorite areas in the Lower Mainland (aka “Ditchmond”) and to bring me down even further, inside a dreary looking shopping mall. To show how anxious I was, I braved the rush hour traffic with some of the city’s worst and unskilled drivers that make Richmond notorious, and even drove down the brutal No. 3 road to find this place.
Upon locating the establishment within the food court, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had made a dreadful mistake. First off all, the poor older woman hidden in the kitchen seemed to be stressed out, washing some pots and pans. I was finally able to grab her attention and ask her how her day was. She replied “very busy”, as it seemed she had recently lost another woman who worked there, and now it was all on her to keep the place running. I felt sorry for her.