Weekend Dim Sum

Some of the best Dim Sum eateries outside of Asia can be found right here in Vancouver. From authentic (chicken feet) to a modern twist for us Vancouverites, I am sure there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from!

Here are some of my favourites, friends – please add yours!

The Golden Phoenix
2425 Nanaimo – no website
Right off Broadway on Nanaimo, a friend took me here recently to be exposed to East Vancouver! Very busy little restaurant with a hostess with lots of attitude (in a fun way), so you don’t want to mess around, when she calls you…you go!
The food was really good and not oily/greasy…another great option for this Dim Sum list!

Szechuan Chongqing Seafood Restaurant
604-734-1668 – no website.
Located upstairs at 1668 West Broadway near Fir St., it’s always busy but worth the wait! Prices are good and it’s fresh and tasty. Go with a friend or reserve a group, great service either way. Order from the menu or choose your dishes from the carts that tour the restaurant. Try the steamed chive and shrimp dumplings – yum!

Floata Seafood Restaurant
This is Canada’s largest chinese restaurant, seating up to 1,000! Go early for your fix or go between 10-1pm, when most vancouverites arrive. In the heart of Chinatown, it’s busy and big and the servers don’t always speak the best english, which is why I like going here. It’s an experience. Order from the menu or from the carts. Reserve a private room for your group or a large table or go by yourself, it really doesn’t matter. Try the Gua Lan and BBQ Pork Buns.

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
Located at 3888 Main Street, you can expect quality and value at this top Dim Sum restaurant. Voted one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in Vancouver. Known for their live seafood tanks and world-famous roasted squab, they also have a great dim sum menu! Try the Har Gau – shrimp dumplings; Sui Mai – steamed pork and shrimp dumplings or order an Alaskan King Crab for the table!

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  1. Gone are the days when Vancouverites who crave dim sum go to Chinatown. They now go to Richmond. With the heavy influx of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, competition has never been stiffer. If you do not keep your standards high, your next door competitor will ‘eat your lunch’ (pardon the pun).

    Although there are dozens of wonderful dim sum restaurants to choose from in Richmond, two of my favourites are Gingeri (no website) and Kirin http://www.kirinrestaurants.com.

    Gingeri is located inside Lansdowne Centre Mall on No. 3 Road. For those who take the Canada line, get off at the Lansdowne station. Lots of parking too for those who want to drive. Everything you want to eat in a dim sum menu are there from the safe pork buns to the exotic chicken feet and duck’s tongue. All items are served in a clean and safe environment and service is second to none. Prices are reasonable and quality has been consistent all the years that they have been in existence. For those who do not read chinese characters, fear not. They have an english menu complete with pictures and chef recommendations for the non-adventurous.

    Kirin is part of the group of restaurants all with the same name. Canada line riders, get off at the Richmond Centre – Brighouse terminus. Walk to the corner of Westminster Highway and No. 3 or cut through the Richmond Centre Mall and go to the Westminster Highway exit off The Bay. You won’t miss it.

    Prices are a little higher than your typical hole-in-the-wall dim sum place, but food items have great value. Their menu is larger than most Chinese restaurants as they also cater to large banquets.

    Dim sum is commonly served during lunch. However some serve them all day. Order them off the carts that are pushed across the restaurant or order from the menu. Either way, it is an adventure you won’t easily forget. Enjoy!

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