Disclaimer: I was invited to a media event by Chinese Bites at Pink Pearl Restaurant. All food and drinks were complimentary but opinions are my own.
Pink Pearl has been around since the 1980’s and they are now celebrating four decades of dim sum and Chinese cuisine. I’ve heard of Pink Pearl before from my parents but I’ve actually never been there. According to the manager, they closed down for a few years due to a fire and re-opened in 2012 so this was their 5th re-opening anniversary. They are located on E. Hastings near Clark Drive and also easily accessible by public transit. Read on to find out what new dim sum items I discovered! Read more
My family decided to go for dim sum on the day after New Year’s which was also a stat holiday. The first place we tried was Parklane Restaurant and we arrived at about 1pm and they said it would be about 45min-1hour wait. Then we ventured across the plaza to inquire about the wait time at Empire Restaurant, they had a similar wait time there as well. It was a holiday after all! Not wanting to wait so long, we decided to head over to Shi-Art in Richmond Centre so that if we had to wait, at least we could shop at the same time. Surprisingly there was only 1 person waiting when we got there at 1:3pm… I thought that was strange since they’re in a prime location with lots of parking. Not complaining though! Looks like third times the charm.
Dragon Group Seafood Restaurant has taken over the spot where South Ocean used to be. I remember I used to go to South Ocean quite a bit when I was younger. The restaurant has been re-decorated to give it a more high end feel.
First off, we had the Pan Fried Rice Rolls. We found the portion to be smaller in comparison with some other restaurants but the taste and texture was good. Read more
Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
The latest ChineseBites event was a dim sum tour at Victory Seafood Restaurant. Located on the second floor in Crystal Mall, this is actually a very large and spacious restaurant. It’s just past the food court.
Feast your eyes! We had 37 dishes for 10 people! This wasn’t even everything we had! I’ve never seen so much dim sum in my entire life. I’ll just be sharing my thoughts on a few items that I tried.
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.
Another dim sum post! I will just upload all my pics because they’re worth a thousand words right? Hei Lum Moon used to be under at least two different names and they seem to change ownership every year. I believe it was previously called Li Garden. It’s located on Victoria and 42nd avenue. Since we went on Mother’s Day, there was quite a crowd at the door and since the waiting area is small there were a lot of people waiting outside too. I think it’s a popular neighbourhood spot for dim sum.
I think the food was quite good and about the same was a lot of other dim sum places with the same pricing. I ain’t too picky with my dim sum! I liked the dumpling with fish filet and corn though. I don’t think I’ve seen that before. If you haven’t noticed, we usually order the same things so sorry my dim sum posts are boring. Overall this restaurant has improved over the years and through its different reincarnations.
I feel like I haven’t had dim sum in so long. Mostly I’ve been eating the left overs that my parents bring home when they go without me but I finally had my chance last weekend! We decided to go to Fraser Court which is currently one of my fave places for dim sum. This will mostly be a picture post.
I always have to order deep fried dumplings with pork and shrimp. I like how the outside is deep fried but still soft and chewy.
Stir fried sticky rice! The rice wasn’t that sticky and albeit oily but very delicious!
Here we have chicken buns, siu mai and a dumpling with corn and shrimp. I really liked the dumpling with the corn since it was a refreshing touch to the usual dim sum ingredients. It was also stuffed with shrimp. The siu mai was a very tender pork meatball with just the right amount of shrimp. I think the chicken buns were ok but I didn’t try them.
We also had some shrimp spring rolls. The spring rolls were crisp and stuffed with shrimp! It also came with a black vinegar dipping sauce.
Finally a dim sum meal isn’t complete without egg tarts! These were standard egg tarts and the custard was not too sweet.