So having all recently moved to the Miami area, my friends and I have decided to try and sample some of the more highly touted dim sum spots around town. So far, we've done Jumbo (x2) and Mr. Chu's. Today we did Kon Chau. The basis for comparison for the most part were with the basics like shrimp dumplings, shrimp fun, shu mai, tofu skin, fried taro ball, pan fried shrimp and chive dumplings, fried turnip cakes, and sticky rice steamed in lotus leaves. The basis for this list? Just our personal preferences at dim sum. Depending on party size that week, we may not be able to order all of the items in 1 sitting and who knows how the mood will strike that week but we'll try to keep things somewhat consistent.
Today Kon Chau proved to be another solid option for dim sum. The shrimp dumplings were similar to Jumbo. The wrapping inferior to Mr. Chu's but the filling as good as Jumbo with a sweet shrimp filling. The pan fried chive dumplings were also excellent at Kon Chau. Bigger than Jumbo but not as big as Mr. Chu's. The filling was very good and my only gripe is that the dumplings were only fried on 1 side. The shrimp fun was decent but the wrapper was on the soggy side. This shrimp fun was definitely better at Jumbo. The sticky rice with lotus leaves was excellent here. Instead of 2 little ones, it was 1 huge serving. The filling was filled with generous amounts of sausage, slices of pork, roast pork, and chicken. This was by far the best version of the 3. I ordered the stuffed tofu which I thought was the tofu roll but it was steamed fried tofu filled with shrimp paste. A very pleasant surprise and an excellent dish.
The selection here is as big if not larger than Jumbo's. So far, my list would go:
1. Kon Chau
3. Mr. Chu
Next up, Tropical, then South Garden
Btw, the produce selection at the Lucky market near Kon Chau is much larger than any of the ones on 167/163 street area.