On Boxing day we had a family dim sum lunch and we ended up at Continental Seafood Restaurant. I’ve never been here before and didn’t even know there was a dim sum restaurant in East Richmond. It’s in a plaza on Cambie and No. 5 road. The interior was also very spacious and they have a stage and a dance floor too so you can hold large events here.
When I walked in, there was a picture of Stephen Harper with the owner/manager? in their display case so I assume he must’ve eaten here too. Most notably though, they still have push cart dim sum!!! I haven’t seen that in ages!!! Although I think the ordering system where you submit a sheet with exactly what you want is more efficient, this was a nice throw back moment. I also realized I’m not that picky about dim sum so here are some of my thoughts…
We had some Bean Curd Rolls filled with mushroom and pork. They didn’t seem well wrapped but the filling was moist and flavourful. In the back we have some Siu Mai which is a staple whenever I have dim sum. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this version as much because the pork felt dry and overly chewy.
Next we had some Chives and Shrimp dumplings. Ok I’m not sure if that’s what they’re called but I hope you know what I mean. I am not great with the English names of these! As you can see from the picture, the wrapper broke but the filling was still good.
These were baked BBQ Pork Buns instead of the steamed kind. I like this version more since it has a sweet glaze on the outside and they were soft, hot and fresh!
These are Sticky Rice Buns. I thought the sticky rice filling was a tad dry here as well but alright.
We also ordered Sticky Rice Wraps too. Yes we really do like sticky rice! These were pretty standard except I found two pieces of pure fat in my wrap… it was really unappetizing and I don’t know how that happened but the rest was fine.
Here we have some Beef Tendons in some sort of sweet sauce. The tendon chunks were pretty big.
Finally we have the best part of dim sum: Egg Tarts! They only served three instead of four but I really like the flaky pastry shell here. On the other hand, when I bit into it, it was slightly watery so maybe it was under cooked?
Ok so dim sum was alright and some things could’ve been a bit better but I’m not super picky and I would come back. The pricing was not cheap but not expensive either? It would be nice if they listed out how much the small/medium/large/specialty dishes costs and which dishes were which because when we got the bill we were confused as to which dish we ordered was a specialty one and which was large etc.
On the bright side, the restaurant is really big and there’s plenty of parking here!