We were headed to Dim Sum Garden on Rupert Ave. (the “we” being the 3 Sisters & our Mom) to have a belated birthday supper together. Unfortunately, there was a note on the door saying that they were closed for renovations. I had arrived first and because it is a bit of a chore to get my Mom places by car, I quickly scanned around for an alternate spot to dine. Right across the street is a place that I knew to be formerly called Noodle Express. Currently, there is a banner blocking the sign that indicates that they serve a Dim Sum Happy Hour where the prices are two for one!
The decor is no great shakes but it is clean and bustling with other diners awaiting their orders. Carts are not wheeled through the dining room. Instead you must order from their menu and if you are not familiar with the name of dim sum items, this can be a challenge. We were in the clear because Sister #3 not only has a stellar memory regarding food items but she actually travelled to Beijing last summer.
I did not get pictures of all the items because: 1) I was too hungry 2) I was talking too much and 3) the steam from the basket was fogging up my camera lens. But I didn’t manage to capture these for you.
Their pork dumplings were very good and in my case that means that they are prepared with a minimum of fat. Our kids called these dumplings “little brains” when they were growing up.
These were the shark-fin dumplings and we also sampled the shrimp and the shrimp & scallop-all excellent.
We were hoping that these pork dumplings would have come pan fried not deep-fried but no matter, they were fabulous! We also sampled the barbecue pork buns which were equally delicious.
Our preference is for Dim Sum’s Garden’s sticky rice; Noodle Express’s was just okay. The highlight was the Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli) that we saw being consumed at another table and ordered for ourselves. The kitchen was at the end of their supply and could only produce a half order but it too, was amazing-perfectly stir fried with plenty of garlic and a butter tasting broth.
The mailing address for Noodle Express is 107-180 King St. but the entrance is on the Rupert street-side right across from Dim Sum Garden. It may prove confusing to find but make the effort. Our delicious dim sum feast for 4 came to $27 with Chinese tea. What a bargain!
Kath’s quote: “I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper, and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.”-Brendan Behan
Love-that is all.