needed a fix of dim sum this morning and ended up climbing some stairs on the north side of dundas in chinatown up to the forestview chinese restaurant. noises of clanking dishes and rolling carts greeted us with lots of old smiling faces.
we sat down and picked off about 8 items from the incredibly nice and helpful cart pushers plus another 4 from a cook table in the back. they spoke an amazing amount of english for chinatown and didn't hestitate to try to explain or show you what they had. the food was never constantly pushed around on carts until they ran out but switched it up with new items every couple of turns. we got:
haw gow - HUGE, two mouthfuls per piece easily and with 4 pieces in each steamer basket this was great. the skin was a little thick but properly cooked through and decently translucent. the filling was pretty good but still not top notch. good amount of shrimp
fried taro pork football things - greasier than normal with ok filling, a little fatty in texture and flavour ok.
chicken feet - not your noxious looking red dyed skin but a good auburn with nice spice kick and a few black beans on top. not too fatty but enough tendon and skin to go around. each foot was cut up into pieces, much easier to eat.
pan fried wonton skin shrimp and garlic chive from cook table - really really really goooooooood. great amount of flavour and balance of veggie plus meaty shrimp.
steamed bean curd skin pork rolls - fantastic. fresh salty flavours with light sauce. the filling was a good even mixture of pork, bamboo and ear/oyster mushrooms.
dau fu fa - possibly the best sweet tofu dessert i've had in a long time. nice silken pieces of tofu with more than enough sweet slightly gingery syrup for flavour.
turnip cake - lightly fried on the outside there was a low amount of shrimp and onions but nice big chunks of turnip. good smooth texture.
pancreas, pig stomach and turnip stew - good meld of flavours and textures as per usual, nothing exceptional but not bad either.
curried baby octopus - a bit crunchy and ok soft texture with mild spice. not bad but not the best.
steamed shrimp chestnut and coriander, red pork with egg, and rice gluten football shaped pork filled thing.... all items were noticeably less sweeter than most other places for dimsum. very good in general with a great bustling atmosphere.
for happy hour all dishes are $2, don't know what regular pricing is like. personally... i think it's the best option out of all the other dim sum places in the spadina chinatown zone ie. rol san, yiu wah, sky dragon and bright pearl. happy eats.