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(Toronto) King's Garden dimsum

toronto chowgirl | Nov 4, 2002 04:42 PM

I woke up with a massive craving for dim sum on Sunday so two of us headed to King's Garden. This isn't your nitty gritty dimsum circus with the carts and noise factor that inherent to eating dimsum with a large group.

I believe this restaurant mostly caters to the biz lunch crowd at University and King West.

It serves dimsum all day which is a bonus for sudden attacks but Sunday is much more traditional. The har-gau (steamed shrimp dumplings) were absolutely wonderful, the best I've had since leaving Hong Kong, (with a two year pit stop in NY and a serious addiction to Sweet 'n Tart there!).

The three "cheung-fan" choices had an exquisitely delicate rice wrapping, and the fried turnip cake was equally delicate. Sticky rice in lotus leaf was passable but not out of this world, a little mild in the flavours. Fried Beijing dumplings were packed with savoury pork and a similarly delicate wrapping that my Chinese grandmother would be proud of! "Char-siu bau" were fluffy with barbecue pork without a trace of fat.

The only drawback is that it's somewhat more expensive than a Chinatown excursion. Not Lai Wah Heen expensive, but it's not your throw ten bucks on the table and eat like no tomorrow dimsum.

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