Imperial Court - Dim Sum!


  Now that it's summer I'm as busy as ever (with non-homework related activities that is.) Everyday I'm in between Kitsilano, Burnaby, and Richmond. I live in Kits with Jeremy, my parents are in Burnaby, and my dad's always at his store in Richmond.

  During the school year I rarely get to see my parents at all, so now I'm just trying to take advantage of the fact that it's summer and how I don't have any school related obligations to attend to. Just last year, I spent practically everyday with my parents (I'm still adjusting to being on my own.) Sigh...I guess I have to grow up sooner or later.

  Anyways, my grandma from Toronto is visiting so my dad took us all out for yum cha last week. Yum cha is a rarity these days (remember when I use to have dim sum 3 times a week? Those were the days.)

   Ordering is especially difficult now (being celiac tends to complicate things.) Chinese food is soy-sauce dependent...how does one eat Chinese food when soy sauce itself contains gluten?! Not to mention the fact that all the good stuff (char siu bao, dan tat, egg yolk buns, zha liang) are all flour-based!

   So what exactly is GF at dim sum? Cheong fun (hold the soy sauce) goji-osmanthus jelly, egg-white fried rice, mango pudding, kwai-fei chicken...uhh, that's about it. Yea...sometimes I question if my life is even worth living anymore.

  Oh, did I mention I carry my own mini bottle of tamari on me now? Comes in quite handy really (no more soy sauce-less sushi...yay!)



House Special Chicken
4/5 stars

  You have the option to order this hot or cold, and we ordered the hot version. The hot version is corn-starchy, whereas the cold version is dry. The chicken itself was flavourful with the skin being silky.



Salt & Pepper Prawns (Taiwanese Style)
4/5 stars

  I thought the salt & prepper prawns would be made Canto-style (with no breading) given that Imperial Court is a Cantonese restaurant. So I was surprised when these arrived Taiwanese style, basil leaves and all. Yep, this tasted exactly like Taiwanese S&P chicken, with a shrimpy essence.



Fried Rice Noodle w/ Pork Chin in Satay Sauce
3.5/5 stars

  I didn't get to try this since this had soy sauce/satay sauce in it, but it looked quite good when it arrived on the table (and I'm a fan of anything pork chin.)



Spareribs and Lap Cheong Bao Zai Fan
3.5/5 stars

 A staple of my dad's (you would know if you've kept up with my dim sum posts.) The spareribs were indeed tender, but the lap cheong was on the thin side (and there were only 4 piecesa!)



Egg White Fried Rice
4/5 stars

   Fried rice isn't a dish I would normally order, but given that I'm GF now, fried rice is one of the only carb-heavy dishes I can eat. This one was good in that there was a ton of wok hey, rendering the dish incredibly fragrant.



Shrimp Wrap w/ Chive & Beancurd
4/5 stars

  Another dish I can't have, le sigh! According to my mom, the exterior was especially crispy and exhibited an appealing "crunch" when she bit into it. There was an abundant amount of shrimp in there too!



Chive & Dried Shrimp Cheong Fun
3.5/5 stars

  A dim sum staple, and one of my favourite dishes at yum cha! Oh so simple but oh so good. I had this dish entirely to myself, and I finished it in its entirety. The shrimp is the best part, it elevates the plain rice roll to another level!



Shrimp Cheong Fun
4/5 stars

 Standard yum cha fair but still delicious nonetheless! The shrimp was snappy and juicy, with the cheong fun being just the right texture. 



Har Gow
3.5/5 stars

  Har gow is the barometer in which a dim sum restaurant is judged, and Imperial Court's har gow was reflective of that - nothing to write home about, but decent nonetheless.   


Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

5 comments:

  1. Hey Selina,
    There are new restaurants and places you should try in burnaby like preference noodle house, Yaguchiya Ramen and MYST Asian fusion!

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    1. Ooo, I've pasted by Preference Noodle House and Yaguchiya Ramen on many occasions...just looked up some reviews of MYST, it looks awesome! Thanks for the recommendations, I'll take note!! :D :D

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  2. Sushi with tamari... gotta try that someday!

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    1. SO MUCH HEALTHIER BRUHH!! Less salty too (but I know you're all about that salt life so...LOL.)

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    2. Uh oh... when I'm all about that salt life and all about that sugar life... RIP

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