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Dim Sum at Parklane Chinese Restaurant on Westminster Hwy

I met up with Lorna for dim sum at Parklane Chinese Restaurant on Westminster Hwy.

Parklane is located in the London Plaza where Empire Seafood Restaurant is located too.

We had a nice window seat with a view of Richmond Center.

I ordered Chrysanthemum tea but what we got was Iron Goddess which gets bitter the longer it steeps.

Parklane Chinese Restaurant has some Chiu Chow dim sum and dishes besides the regular Hong Kong style dim sum and dishes. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered one of the Chiu Chow dim sum; Steamed Pork and Radish Dumpling with Peanut. The radish and peanut adds some crunchiness while the skin is chewy. This is $4.45.

We also ordered another Chiu Chow marinated item from the kitchen wonders. The above is Marinated Egg and Tofu Slices. The tofu is silky smooth and the marinated egg is fabulous with the semi liquid yolk. This dish is served with a garlic vinegarish dip. This is $6.80.

The above is another Chiu Chow dim sum; Steamed Fish and Seaweed Roll. This is $4.75. Something different from regular Hong Kong style dim sum. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Chef Tony in Richmond

There is a new dim sum restaurant on the previous King Buffet location. It is very rare for a Chinese restaurant to be named after it’s chef; Chef Tony is the name of the restaurant.

We came on a Sunday morning. We arrived at 11:45am and was told the wait will be 30 minutes since we did not have a reservation.

The decoration of Chef Tony is modern and the paint work is very shiny, not typical of dim sum restaurant. Do not be misled by these empty waiting seats. They were occupied most of the time.

The entrance is decorated with photos of Chef Tony with some celebrities, I presumed.

We waited for almost an hour before we got our table. So, reservation is highly recommended if you decided to give this restaurant a try.

The charge for tea is $2 per person is a little steep. We had Chrysanthemum tea.

We spent our waiting time browsing through the menu which has lots of pictures. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered 6 items to share but when one of the item was missing. We just let it go.

Fried Glutinous Rice with mushroom and Chinese sausage from the chef choices. The rice was al-dante as it should be but the serving is small for $8.95. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Lunch at Jade Seafood Restaurant with my Community Kitchen Buddies

I met up with Emily, Marian and Lorna for dim sum at Jade Seafood Restaurant before the Christmas holiday. It’s been over a year since we our last meeting as everyone is busy with our lives.

We came to Jade Seafood Restaurant with Lorna recommendation for it’s special lunch set of $9.99. However, when we asked our server about it, she told us that the offer is no longer available. So, we just ordered from their regular menu.

Lorna picked a Taro Cake which is the steamed version for a healthier choice. It came in a block and not pre-cut into slices.  I still prefer the re-fried version for a more crispy version.

Marian picked a Fish Congee. The congee was smooth and silky. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Dim Sum at Tak Heng Hot Pot Restaurant

Ben and I went for dim sum brunch after our morning walk at Steveston Village. Ben said it’s almost two years that he did not have dim sum after he accepted his short term assignment in Beijing. Time flies.

We went to Tak Heng Hot Pot Restaurant on Brown Gate. It serves hot pot at dinner and dim sum for breakfast and lunch; just like it’s predecessor HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant.

Dim sum is served from 8:30am to 3:00pm. There is a 10% discount on weekdays except holiday when bill before 11:00am.

All dim sum regardless of size is $3.75. The kitchen specialties range from $6.25 to $12.80 and available after 10:00am. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We had the above even before we placed our order on the order sheet. They are pan-fried chive dumplings which a server brought around to promote. They are really good with crispy bottom; crunchy prawn and full of chives flavour although a bit oily. I will get this again if I return.

The above Char Siew Baked Bun was another item brought around by the server. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Ladies Lunch at HML Seafood Restaurant, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up for lunch at HML in summer. The original plan was to meet at Northern Chinese Cuisine but unfortunately it is closed on Wednesday which we were not aware of. So, we changed our meeting place to HML .

HML was busy even on a weekday. Tea is free here and there is a 20% off for all dim sum items every day.

Emily and Lorna had ordered a few items as me and Marian were running late. The first item was Steamed Rice with Chicken, Lily Flower and Fungus. This is $5.80.

Lorna ordered a Fish Head and Tofu Hotpot. It is a herbal soup dish. This is $8.80.

The next dish was Country Fried Vermicelli. It was a big serving with prawns and pork. This is $6.80. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Kalok Seafood Restaurant in Union Square, Richmond

Polly and I met up for dim sum. Polly also invited her friend, Di to join us. Di is kind of on vacation here for a month to experience the winter in Vancouver.

We went to Kalok Seafood Restaurant at Capstan Way, Richmond. I had blogged about this restaurant in the summer of 2010. The English name was Gala at that time. Then this restaurant had a change of hand and became Jubilee Chinese Restaurant which tried to make it a 24 hour restaurant. I guessed it did not last. The lady who served us seemed to be the owner of the original Gala restaurant and told us she had to give up Gala due to her serious illness. She is back now and Kalok is back in business for about 4 months. The English name is the direct Cantonese translation of the Chinese name.

The restaurant is busy at noon even on a Monday. Parking is a bit of challenge here. Di and I went in to get a table first while Polly drove around to look for parking.

Prices range from $3.80 to $7.45.  There is a 25% discount from 9:00am to 11:00am and 20% discount from 11:00am to 3:00pm. You can click on the menu above to have a larger view. The one on the right is their kitchen special.

One good thing is tea is free here. Most dim sum restaurants charge $1 per person.

We ordered 7 items to share. Some of our initial orders are not available yet as the server told us that those are new items and not ready yet.

We started off with an order of Durian Pastry for $5.25. Polly and I love durian and we always order anything with durian. The pastry is kind of… More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Dragon View Chinese Cuisine in Continental Plaza, Richmond

Lorna invited me and Emily S for dim sum. Emily brought her hubby along as he has just arrived from China for a vacation with Emily to Bermuda.

I suggested to go to Dragon View Chinese Cuisine in Continental Plaza since I have not blog about it before.

Like most dim sum place, this is nicely decorated with a large center piece chandelier. We were there at 10:30 AM and it’s not too busy.

Dragon View Chinese Cuisine was called Wah Wing before the change of name. Even the napkin still bears the Wah Wing Restaurant Group name. Anyone has any idea for the name change?

 

You may click on the menu to have a larger view. The dim sum here ranges from $3.25 for S to $8.80 for D. Other more expensive sharing dishes like noodles, congee and rice ranges from $7.80 to $16.80. Oh!, they charge $3 for XO sauce which we did not order.

For week day, if you settle the bill before 12PM, there is a 20% discount for the dim sum items.

We ordered 7 items to share among the four of us. Emily and hubby let Lorna and me to do the ordering. They just want to relax and enjoy the meal. I want that too!

The first item was Deep Fried Lotus Roots Cakes. The above medium size dim sum is $4.19. They were quite meaty and has a crunch to it.

The above Deep Fried Fish Paste wrapped with Rice Rolls was Emily’s hubby’s favourite. It was categorized under P which priced at $4.99. It was a big serving. It is like ‘Jar Leong’ … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Emily S organized a meet up for dim sum at Neptune Seafood Restaurant on No. 3 Road. There were five of us. The group include Lorna, Jean, Peggy L and me. We were supposed to meet at 10:30AM in the restaurant. Emily S made the reservation. We were all there on time except Emily. Emily turned up only after 11:00 AM as she overslept. We were all wondering if we or she had mistaken the place.

Neptune Seafood Restaurant was closed a while ago. I heard that the owner sold the place but the transaction did not fall through. It was reopened with the word “shakrfin” removed from the English name but the Chinese name remains the same. You can see the old frontage from the post here.

The restaurant is very busy. At 10:30AM, it was already 70% full and this is a weekday. We placed the order before Emily arrived because there is a 20% discount on dim sum before 11:00AM.

Prices here are on the high side. For dim sum, small is $3.68, medium is $4.38, large is $4.98. For specials, SK is $6.98, SLK is $7.98 and SKK is $8.98. I have no idea what the SK, SLK and SKK stands for. Anyone has any idea?

You can click on the menu to view them larger.

The cutlery is simple and nice. Even the teapot cover is labeled with the tea of your selection.

Lorna ordered the above Abalone with Compoy Rice Wrap. This rice wrap is normally eaten during Dragon Boat festival. This item is categorized under SLK which is $7.98.

The rice used for this rice wrap is glutinous rice. This is filled with abalone, dried scallop, pork, green beans and salted egg yolk. Look at the pork fat at the photo on the right. The rice wrap is boiled for few hours until the pork fat melts in your mouth.

The above Dice Chicken, Squid & Mushroom Rice Casserole is from … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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