Going out for dim sum, or the Cantonese alternative to brunch, is a popular weekend event in Vancouver. And I say “event”, rather than meal, as it really is quite the experience.
Dim sum restaurants are often enormous with large tables seating at least six people. Our small table of four almost felt out of place!
You must make a reservation before you go. We attempted to go a week earlier without one and were told by the hostess that the wait would be “hours”.
At many dim sum restaurants a cart is wheeled around with a selection of items, but at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant, we were given a menu from which to order.
All dim sum dishes are meant to be shared and most are served in steamer baskets.
The food tends to be rather heavy so it is always accompanied by tea to aid with digestion
We ordered a variety of dishes to try including Chinese Crepes, barbeque pork buns, mushroom dumplings, pork spareribs in black vinegar, Chinese broccoli, a Chinese donut rolled with steamed rice noodle, and steamed pork with shrimp and black truffle dumplings.
Oh my, now that I’m writing this I realize how much we ate – especially given that I already revealed there were only four of us <blush>.
My three favorite dishes, however, were deep fried flaky scallop and taro cake (which I unfortunately did not get a photo of), pan-fried eggplant stuffed with cuttlefish paste in black bean sauce, and the curried noodles with vegetables.
There are so many dishes I still want to try, particularly the famous dim sum baked egg custard tarts.
It’s such a fun experience to spend a weekend morning immersing yourself in another culture’s traditions and eating outside of your comfort zone. David and I both commented how much we enjoyed many dishes that we initially had no interest in tasting, but were surprisingly delicious!
Have you even been to dim sum? Would you give it a try?