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Dim Sum at Saigon Seafood, Pacific East Mall, Richmond

anli | Jun 21, 2005 12:27 AM

Our group of 8 arrived at 10 am on Sunday for a Father's Day gathering. By 11 there was a crowd of easily 25 waiting to get in. Our table was close to the glass enclosed cooks' station and not far from the kitchen area where the carts come out. Problem was, the ladies always seemed to go in the opposite direction, and either forgot us or got to us late. We had a large variety of fried and steamed items, such as chicken feet, sticky rice in lotus leaves, spareribs in black bean sauce, steamed shrimp balls covered in sweet rice, fried rice balls coated with sesame seeds filled with custard, youtiao (these were fresh from the fryer - you have to special request them, very good), baked pork buns, mini pineapple buns filled with custard, fuchow fried dumplings, pan fried noodles with chicken and bokchoy, half a roast duck (fatty skin, disappointing), and hargow. This last item was tracked down by my brother, who had been waiting for them and siumai the entire time we were there. We also never saw the cheung fun until we were done. While there was plenty of food, I'd say we were disappointed that our favorite items didn't show up until late, making us think that the 11 to noon crowd probably got the pick of the best items.

The food is still fine, but service is awfully frazzled on Sundays, so we paid the check in cash ($100 for 8 people) in order to get out quickly.

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