An expedition to Vancouver’s Chinatown, third biggest in North America, is always quite mesmerizing. Bright colours, bizarre shapes and aggressive odours take over, awaking your curiosity and overcoming your senses.

These delicate looking peels are called "sea coconut". Their only resemblance with the fruit is visual, however, since they are really born in the sea and served as a soup.

How do you like your seafood? Dried, or dried? Here mussels, shrimp and some unidentified.

Do they look like geckos? Well that’s because they are. Dried too. A slight language barrier prevented me from asking what kind of a dish they were intended for…