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Ok, maybe the best dim sum is at Shui Wah

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Ok, maybe the best dim sum is at Shui Wah

Vital Information | Dec 1, 2001 03:10 PM

Someone mentioned last week that Ms. Chocolate Bag herself, Jackie Shen, ate dim sum at Shui Wah. Well, she's a smart woman!

I'm probably the sort that feels what every dim sum I get, is the best dim sum, but Shui Wah was as good as last week's Mountain View, and quite different. We only had two duplicate dishs, one by accident.

While I have to say that nothing was as monumentially good as the crisp fried tofu with salt at Mountain View, nothing was less than supeior at Shui Wah. Since I made a distint effort to make sure my number one's were not confused with number two's on our order sheet, it meant more variety.

A great thing about today's brunch was that every thing came in it's own package, each wrapper or dough was different. We got two fried things, but again they were so different it did not matter. One fried dish was squid with pepper salt. The squid was cut in strips (batons for our french technique geeks) instead of the the usual chinatownn curled up version, very tender. The fried tofu, make that chiu chow fried tofu was nothing special until you used the chicken broth dip that came along side (also a good way for daughters to ingest protein while thinking french fry).

The best dish was something called steamed egg-yolk cream roll. It featured that sweet, sticky, almost gelantonous pastry flour that is also found inside the fried sesame balls, messy but great. Other dishes filling up our table included shark fin dumpling, chives dumpling [sic], chiu dumpling, and stuffed eggplant. Since we wanted one rice crepe thing, we got a shrimp one again. Next time, for the crepe course,however, we will get the very good looking (at another table), fried dough fritter rice roll. Also, next time, we must ge the baby bone in satay sauce. (Who can resist baby bone?)

Finally, last week, number two went gaga over the steamed malay sponge roll. She wanted me to order that today, making sure my one accidently looked like a two, so she could gorge. Well, there was no malay sponge roll, but there was sweet rice cream cake. Who knew? The exact same yellow cake with a bit of egg, a perfect treat with tea, and a finishing touch to a great meal.

The chinatown mall was much less crowded today than last friday. The Condiment Queen was able to get a ball-ball drink at Joy Yee with no waiting. At Phonix, the selection has been slimmer on days that do not start with sunday. With the sheet system, I do not think you ever have to worry about a less than complete selection. Beat the rush, come on saturday or during the week.

Shui Wah is in the Chinatown Mall a few storefronts in from Lao Sze Chuan.

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