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Pacific Garden Dim Sum review

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Pacific Garden Dim Sum review

Spike! | Dec 26, 2003 03:48 PM

Tried most of the shrimp dumpling dishes, shu mai, ribs in black bean sauce, fried sesame shrimp roll, and fried dough around pork (not sure what it's called, but the asian pronunciation means roughly salt water dumpling). As others have mentioned, there isn't that much of a dim sum selection, but if you love shrimp dumplings like I do, you're in heaven ;-)

We had 4 different varieties of shrimp dumplings. The standard one (har gow), one w/ chives (interesting tasting, sort of like pea pod stems cooked w/ shrimp inside), but no one else seemed to like it, the triangular kind, and this interesting one that looked a closed vase w/ no english name on the menu which I decided to try after the waitress said it was good and which turned out to be the best on there because there was more taste from the carrots and corn that was added to it. The shrimp was all deveined and didn't have any crunchy shell bits (very unusual to have this). The dough coating was very fresh tasting. The har gow and the vase shaped one had tobiko placed on top which added a nice bit of color to it.

The ribs in black bean sauce wasn't as peppery as other restaurants, but had more meat than normal. The fried shrimp roll was an interesting way to make it because of the sesame on top. The fried dough w/ pork filling had an unusually large amount of filling even though the dough was rather thick (they usually don't put much filling in if the dough is thick).

All in all, a good experience. As others have said, there isn't much of a selection, but they do a good job on the ones they have. And it's a pretty quiet place on weekdays.

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