This is our last post on our quick vacation to Seattle. It’s Day 5 and we decided that we go to Chinatown and check out the dim sum in an American city. We had expected that the dim sums here would be Americanized … you know … serve things like chop suey, beef & broccoli, fortune cookies and such.
We had wanted to go to a place called the Jade Garden and Hongkong Restaurant. It was recommended by Jeniffer who also recommended Cedar’s to us. As it turned out, we could not find parking. Well, we could find pay parking but we did not want to pay for parking. Alright, I admit, we are stingy especially for things that is supposed to be free!
So, we ended up going to this place called the House of Hong. As it turned out, it was a good thing we came here.
The House of Hong had won a lot of awards over the years. The awards (for best chinese, best dim sum, etc) were all plastered all over a wall near the entrance. The interior was cavernous which surprised us. We hardly had such a huge dim sum place in Vancouver and yet the one we went to is so big. It was very early on a weekday when we were there and there were only two tables taken.
We like the courteous and prompt service.
The Baked Char Siu Bun were great … soft and fluffy with moist sweet BBQ pork in it. We were pleasantly surprised how authentic the dim sum was.
Braised Chicken Feet … we love it. He he he … I know almost all my whites friends do not touch it. But seriously, it is really good and we always order this for dim sum. Until today, I am trying to fully figure out why chicken feet puts people off. Some told me that there is no meat in it but I think its the thought of chicken feet walking around chicken shit that really puts people off.
For the Chinese, they don’t call this chicken feet. No, no … that’s too crude. The formal name for this is “fung jau” which means Phoenix Claws.
The Char Sui Bau (BBQ Pork Bun) was equally superb. Suanne had never quite figure out how to make fluffy texture buns like these although her buns can beat any Char Sui Buns in the world, no kidding.
Oh, one thing we noticed here … they serve the dim sums in metal tiffin cans, not the normal bamboo basket we normally see. Weird.
Potstickers … I am not sure if this is really Chinese traditional dish. Can someone confirm? I always thought that Potstickers are more Japanese than Chinese … you know, gyoza?
Beef tripe … nice. If people who are not used to dim sum ask me what this is, I normally tell them “don’t ask, just eat”. I love the crunchy texture. You guys know what tripes are, right?
Bean Curd Rolls are another favourite of ours. Looks awful right? But they are quite harmless … just meat wrapped in bean curd rolls.
Siew Mai … traditional Chinese dumplings. Quite good … and very authentic.
Siew Mai is not complete without the type of chili sauce above. I don’t know if there is a specific name for this but we simply must have this chili sauce with siew mais.
The Shrimp Toast was OK. This I think is Americanized dim sum. I am not familiar with this.
We could not resist the delicious looking BBQ Duck with the crispy looking skin. It turned out cold. We would have preferred it warm. No bad though.
The Shrimp Rice Roll was also good. This is the favourite of Arkensen and Nanzaro.
Zeen Dui are sesame seed coated ball. You gotta love the fragrance and crunch of the sesame seeds and the chewiness of the glutinous rice ball.
We give this place a double thumbs up. The service was great, and the food was great. Highly recommended. We’re still quite surprised that there is such a place in Seattle.
So, here ends our Seattle series. Hope you all enjoyed it. Suanne and I are plotting our next vacation this summer. We’re gonna ship our boys to a 2-week camp which we scoot off, just the two of us. We are now looking at a 2-week trip of flying to Washington DC, rent a car, drive to Philadelphia, to New York City (yeah again but Suanne wants to see NYC) and fly home. It will be fun … and am sure I’ll document the entire trip too!!
Back to Suanne’s recipes for the next two weeks while I take a break from blogging!