Foolishly I thought a week would be enough to explore the Vancouver and Richmond food scene...
We flew in at 9:30 a.m. on Sat. 5/20 - Victoria Day weekend. Picked up a car and went to Kirin Seafood (200-7900 Westminister Hwy - Minoru & No. 3 Rd, 604-303-8833, 10-2:30 every day), for dim sum (many, many thanks to Iona Lockwood for her dim sum recos). As it was just my husband and I it was most difficult to see everything and not be able to order it all! This is an order off the menu place. We tried the following:
Lotus Root Pork Cakes: Ground pork mixed with chopped lotus root and seasonings, formed into cakes and deep fried - lots of flavor and texture from the lotus root. We gave this an "A"
Bamboo Pith and 2 mushroom dumplings:
Very flavorful filling but slightly tough skins; we gave it a "B-"
Green onion, crispy rice, Chinese donut stuffed rice noodle:
This was a little bland but the textures were great. "B"
Deep-fried mango and shrimp rolls:
I don't usually order this type of thing but husband liked the sound of it - shrimp had great flavor but the wrappers tasted a bit of old oil. "B-"
Pork Tripe and Chicken Feet w/black beans:
Chicken feet cooked really well (possibly too tender to suit Cantonese tastes but I like them that way), tripe had some texture with good flavor.
Black Sesame Rice Balls with Crushed peanuts & sugar:
One of my all-time favorite dim sum sweets - this was probably the best version I've ever tasted - excellent
The one thing I really regret is that after we ordered and had eaten quite a bit we noticed that many tables around us were being served platters of jumbo fresh steamed local spot prawns - I didn't see this on the menu. I asked about it and was told that if you see the prawns in the tanks when you walk in you just order them by the pound or you can call ahead when you make your reservation and order them at that time! I wish I had been more observant - didn't even notice them when we were being seated... Next time!
It's terribly frustrating to go for dim sum when you are only a party of 2 - Next time we're going to be in town I'll post a "Chowdown" invitation and see if any of you would like to form a larger party so we can taste more things...