I have gone to Sea Harbour a number of times in the last few months, and am now officially obsessed.
Formerly, my favorite dim sum in town was Ocean Star, over any of the Chinatown places, including Empress. But overshadowed by the wonder of Fook Yuen in SF.
This has changed. Sea Harbour is my all. It took me a second visit to realize it, after having gone back to Fook Yuen, but it is.
Uh, somebody on the board pushed it for its taro dumplings. They were right. They are the freshest, most sweetly intensely taro-y things I have ever had. No other taro experience comes close.
Seafood dumplings are all brilliant. The skins are a little more delicate and alive, the seafood a little fresher and crisper.
Other favorites: har-gow variant of a har-gow-wrapper with shrimp at the bottom, scallops in the middle, and shark's fin at the top. The intermingling of the flavors is very worthwhile. Succulent.
Spinach-flavored fried bao - unusual, hearty, excellent.
Another bright green dumpling - sweet and glutinous on the outside, little dried intense seafood on the inside, is satisfying in a way that I've never been satisfied before.
But what truly astounded me was the lotus-leaf wrapped rice thingy, filled with bean. This has been a favorite dish of mine for a while; this is a different order from all previous experiences. Rice is softer, more soothingly glutinous; bits of duck-egg yolk and bean and more intensely flavored; for such a hearty-seeming dish, it ends up being wildly ethereal.
Yeah. I think the first time I went, I wasn't prepared to appreciate it. Dim sum had to be hearty. I think T-K said something similar. It took a few visits to readjust.
I'll try that place Chandvakl mentioned a few posts back next.
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