Golden Swan - Dim Sum!


  I feel like I haven't blogged about a dim sum place in forever! The only place we go for dim sum is South Ocean now haha!! But the other day after my doctor's appointment, my dad wanted to go for yum cha, but he didn't want to go all the way to Richmond - so we went looking for a place for dim sum near Victoria Drive! We were going to go to Western Lake down the road, but we came here instead because we didn't want to wait in line haha - I still like Western Lake better though hehe.

  This place seems pretty popular, because it was packed - even though it was weekday! Golden Swan is one of the few places left that still uses push carts - my dad's preferred method of delivery!! He doesn't like ordering off of sheets because he hates waiting for his food haha. I like carts because you can see the food before ordering, the portion size, etc. The prices are middle of the road, dishes range from $3-5, which isn't too bad!

  I also saw something I've never seen before at dim sum - fried dough LOL!! Is fried dough a thing at dim sum places? Because this was my first time seeing it haha!! Seriously - it was literally a huge piece of fried dough coated in sugar! So obviously I had to get it ;)   Just so I could satisfy my curiosity hehe.



Golden Swan still uses push carts!! :D
The tapioca pudding looked so good hehe!


Fried Dough
2/5 stars

  I think this is the first time I've ever seen fried dough at at dim sum LOL!! Is this a thing? Because I'm not familiar with it haha!! It was basically a huge piece of fried dough glazed with a sweet syrup of some sort. The dough itself was crispy on the outside and a bit soft!! We only ended up eating a few bites because the entire thing was pretty sweet - and really sticky lol!! Probably not something I would order again, but fun to try once!



Beef Tendon
3/5 stars

  My dad ordered his usual beef tendon, and he enjoyed it! He noted that the pieces were really large (you can tell from the picture) The sauce was your typical beef tendon sauce, a bit sweet with a touch of wine. The pieces weren't very tender but not overly hard either. 



Ham Sui Gok (Fried Dumpling)
3.5/5 stars

  The ham sui gok here is pretty yummy!! The skin is just the right chewiness, and not too thick!! It could've used a bit more filling though, but it was fragrant, and really flavourful! I also liked how the skin was a bit "bubbly!"



Beef Balls 
3/5 stars

  The beef balls here are modestly size (Western Lake just down the road has HUGE beef balls lol!) The beef balls were bouncy and moist, and there was a definite orange peel hit. The chives added that extra layer of flavour. Pretty yummy! :D



Steamed Sponge Cake
3.5/5 stars

  Ma La Goh is one of my favourite things at dim sum hehe! This version isn't made with brown sugar so it's yellow! This was really enjoyable, fluffy, soft, and really pillowy!! :D It wasn't too sweet either!






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10 comments:

  1. Now I really want to get dimsum.. haven't gone "yum cha"-ing since spring break! Any recommendations? Also, the "fried dough" thing is a Cantonese specialty! I think the dough is made of flour and eggs, then after deep frying, it's topped with some syrup. I never liked it because its just waaay too sweet for me. :P

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  2. Why, that's far too long to go without yumchaing!! ;)

    haha this was my first time seeing Fried Dough in Van!! Agreed, the entire thing was way too sweet so we didn't end up finishing it lol!

    You should try out Chef Tony in Richmond - they have a ton of nonconventional dim sum dishes like truffle siu mai!! The Jade Seafood Restaurant is one of my favs (get their award winning mushroom dumplings!), Fisherman's Terrance in Aberdeen is pretty solid, Western Lake is another popular one (their dim sum is HUGE!!)

    My dad and I go to South Ocean every week (sometimes twice a week lol!) It's not the best dim sum ever, but it's super cheap!! Most of the dishes are around $2.50 (and you get a discount before 12!) And they use push carts, so the service is really fast! :D

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    1. South Ocean's current pricing is $2.50 for most items, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:00pm. After 12pm the $2.50 items go up to $2.75

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    2. whoaaa $2.50?! I thought Tak Heng Hot Pot at $3.75 for everything was cheap lol I just went today actually haha

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    3. @Naomi Insane right? LOL!! Probably the cheapest place for dim sum on the west coast haha!! I've never tried Tak Heng! How is it? :D

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  3. Those dough twists remind me of Italian crostoli:

    https://www.google.ca/search?safe=active&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=653&q=crostoli&oq=crostoli&gs_l=img.3..0l9j0i30.828.2649.0.3036.8.8.0.0.0.0.159.1052.0j7.7.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..1.7.1052.c3s3XsrIZKc

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    1. haha they do look rather similar! I've never tried crostolis before, they look so good though! :D

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  4. IIRC Italia Bakery in East Village has them, 'tho not likely every day. Still, they are totally worth a visit on an empty stomach and with a sweet tooth:

    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1436548/restaurant/East-Village/Italia-Bakery-Vancouver

    Their cannollis are to DIE for !

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    1. omg the cannollis look so yum!! I want one! :D

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    2. You can't, and won't, possibly stop at just one. Trust me :-)

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