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Jimmy's Chinese Style Beef Jerky

Discussion in 'Food, Drinks and Dining' started by milquetoast, May 7, 2012.

  1. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    I posted this in the 90's nostalgia thread, but I think it deserves its own.

    Jimmy's Chinese Style Beef Jerky used to be ubiquitous around Canada and the US. For that reason, it's surely a part of many of our childhoods. As of 7 years ago, it became impossible to find. A quick google of Jimmy's Fine Food Ltd. reveals a contact number and office address.

    Jimmy's Fine Foods Ltd.
    2020 Dundas St, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J4
    Phone: 604-253-3944
    Fax: 604-254-6616

    Sadly, many jerky mourners have called this number, without success, indicating that the company is indeed out of business. This was posted on another forum:
    I'll never get to taste this paper thin treat again, but at least I know I'm not alone.

  2. Night Of GuardianS

    Night Of GuardianS Active Member

    There was a topic about this at redflagdeals.

    I miss it so much. Still remember that taste.
  3. beef jerky

    beef jerky Guest

    You should try Bee Kim Heng. BKH Jerky just re-opened at a new location at 3201 Fraser St.
  4. Bee Kim Heng on Fraser St. (and 16th) is very good but if you are looking for jerky that tastes like Jimmy's, you will be disappointed.
  5. milquetoast

    milquetoast Senior Member

    Found out that I went to school with the owner's daughters and have some mutual friends. Word is that the owner wanted to retire early. He and the family still holds onto the recipe though.
  6. Night Of GuardianS

    Night Of GuardianS Active Member

    I miss the them. T&T used to sell them along with other grocery stores. I think even Superstore carried them at one point.
  7. Maddoc91

    Maddoc91 Guest

    Let's organize a committee to see if we can reestablish this iconic Canadian Chinese heritage!!!

    I've traveled extensively and tasted jerky from all corners of the world and there's nothing that even comes close. Does anybody know if the old gentleman is still with us? I remember this from my childhood, so I'm sure he's up there in age. My uncle used to have grocery stores in San Francisco and would import it. Who knows how to get a hold of the granddaughter? Milquetoast ?
    milquetoast likes this.
  8. Mariaslk

    Mariaslk Guest

    Yes definitely need to get this made again. I loved this stuff. We used to bring it back to England when we'd visit family in Vancouver.
  9. Lawrence M.

    Lawrence M. Guest

    Jimmy's Beef jerky?

    When my mom couldn't bring beef jerky back with her from Hong Kong...

    2nd choice? Jimmy's. I ate this from 1963... Into the 1990's. I miss Jimmy's. I am 62.
  10. VicLowe

    VicLowe New Member

    Does anyone have the contact for Jimmy? or Jimmy's daughter and son in Law.
    I would like to help resurrect the company and or beef jerky

    please contact me via txt or email
    780 707-0069
    [email protected]
  11. Alex G

    Alex G Guest

    I think Jimmys was a staple in every Asian baby boomers homes in Vancouver. Our family would always have boxes on hand to give to people for gifts, special occasions or just to give to people when visiting their homes. It's great to hear that Jimmy was in a position to retire early but it is also sad that the recipe retired with him. A lot of Chinatown delicacies were lost when the elders wanted to retire and their kids didn't want to take over the family business. Bee Kim Heng on Fraser Street is very good, but pales in comparison if you are looking for something that replicates Jimmys.
  12. Bobby88

    Bobby88 Guest

    Yes, it was a staple in my childhood. There has been nothing that comes close to the taste, texture and thinness of this jerky. I’m glad I for the opportunity to have had a taste of it before it was gone forever. People who have not had the pleasure of trying it don’t know what they’re missing. Jimmy’s jerky was legend!

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