Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Not that I mind walking over 45 minutes in the endless subway tunnels and thrice asking smug, pseudo-friendly locals where the supposedly uber-well-known dim sum restaurant was…I completely, totally, 101% would not mind searching for the place in a torrential downpour and double-gale-force winds if the food was actually good. So what if the wait was sixty minutes two hours before lunchtime if I could have the dim sum meal of all dim sum meals? Tim Ho Wan was probably the ONE AND ONLY DESTINATION that I felt I must visit on my trip to HONG KONG last summer. It … Continue reading Hong Kong: Michelin Star My A$$ – Tim Ho Wan

Living Life According to the Manual: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Crouching against a 23 foot high stucco wall under a concrete staircase cracked thirty six different ways gently blasted by the 23 degree (celsius) Southern California summer breeze in constant lookout for the ruthless aluminum-bat-weilding, way-too-old-for-highschool dorm proctor I was introduced to the heretofore unknown to thirteen-year-old me term “manual human being”. The individual that introduced me to this term was a 17-year-old outcast 2 days removed from conformist Japanese society wishing to instil his considered-anarchist-only-in-Japan philosophy on anyone he could practice his English on. I was just there to enjoy the hysterics of watching him smoke a cigarette Bill-Clinton-style … Continue reading Living Life According to the Manual: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

Dim Sum And Then Some: Chef Tony

I won’t lie. I walked into the restaurant with both an off-the-charts expectation of great dim sum and an all-encompassing fear of a huge disappointment. Why this bipolarity? Chef Tony. Chef Tony of Sea Harbour. To be more exact: Sea Harbour. Sea Harbour’s outpost in Rosemead, CA. gave me my “DANG-I-didn’t-know-dim sum-could-make-me-happy” ┬ámoment in 2003. Sea Harbour of No. 3 Rd. also disappointed me almost to the point of depression in 2011 with its inhuman service and less-than-lukewarm food. I really had no idea which manifestation of chef Tony I was going to be presented with at Chef Tony. Was … Continue reading Dim Sum And Then Some: Chef Tony

Kirin Back To Back Part 2: Kirin Mandarin Downtown

Kirin Mandarin – Day two of our Kirin dim sum back-to-back brings my mother-in-law, wife, and I to Kirin Mandarin located in downtown Vancouver. This is the Kirin location that is most convenient to us, but it is also the place where we received our first subpar local dim sum meal. Hopefully, the food will be much better-tasting this time around. The restaurant has an interior typical of higher-end Cantonese seafood restaurants. Its dining area is divided into two separate rooms, and we were seated in what I assumed to be the “main” dining room. We ordered six items, with … Continue reading Kirin Back To Back Part 2: Kirin Mandarin Downtown

Kirin Back To Back Part 1: Kirin Richmond

Kirin Richmond – Kirin is arguably the most popular and well-known dim sum chains locally. It was the one restaurant that was unanimously recommended to me by friends who have lived here when they found out that I was moving here. And its downtown and Cambie locations were my first and second local dim sum experiences when I was visiting the city on my house-hunting trips early last year. The thing that I found out about Kirin was that the quality of its food varied greatly between locations. I tried Kirin Cambie first and thought that the dim sum was … Continue reading Kirin Back To Back Part 1: Kirin Richmond

Jade – (noun) 1. Great Dim Sum Can Be Had There

The Jade Seafood Restaurant- Today my wife and I took my mother-in-law to Richmond for the express purpose of having dim sum. We chose to have our dim sum at The Jade Seafood Restaurant, one of those dim sum places that we’ve never been to but always wanted to try. I called to make a reservation beforehand to shorten our wait in case there was a lineup. But arriving at the restaurant, we found that the reservation was unnecessary. There were plenty of available tables. Like most Cantonese seafood restaurants that served dim sum during the day and doubled as … Continue reading Jade – (noun) 1. Great Dim Sum Can Be Had There

Japanese Dim Sum / No Outside Food Allowed

Guu – Guu is one of those popular and highly-regarded chains that my wife and I just can’t seem to find a good meal at. Our first visit was to Guu Garlic and our experience was abysmal. We had poor service, bland dishes, and extremely dry rice. Guu Garden wasn’t much better. We did get good service, but the food was once again inferior to competitors like Kingyo and Suika. After two visits, we really couldn’t figure out what it was about their food that people liked. But we were not about to give up after only two tries. We … Continue reading Japanese Dim Sum / No Outside Food Allowed