Kirin Dimsum, Vancouver
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Kirin restaurant, a fine dining chinese restaurant chain in Vancouver, has been serving some of the best dim sum in the city for as long as I can remember. When I had some friends visiting Vancouver, I brought them here (Richmond location) as a nice alternative to brunch. I think for the 4 of us, we had ordered a little bit too much food. But, everyone enjoyed it and it kept us very full for a day of sight-seeing.

Deep fried crispy tofu. I’m not sure what the crunchy bits are on top but they were very flavourful, maybe a bit of fried shallots?

Deep fried chinese donut wrapped in steamed rice noodle.

Chinese donut is much lighter than your typical donut. It’s savoury, crunchy, a bit chewy and soaks up the delicious light sweet soy sauce that you pour on top. Also comes with a dipping of sesame paste.

Vegetarian spring rolls.

Steamed dumplings of shrimp and snow peas.

Filled with lots of vegetables!

Steamed rice roll with asparagus and scallops.

Steamed shrimp and pork wontons.

Deep fried eggplant with a filling of shrimp and pork.

And my all-time favourite dim sum dish, deep fried taro paste with a seafood and pork filling. I don’t find too many dim sum restaurants offering this as it has to be served immediately after frying or else the fine crispy exterior won’t retain it’s crunch.

Steamed buns with lotus seed paste and egg yolk.

And finally, egg tarts baked in a super-fine (like melt-in-your-mouth) flaky tart shell that must have tons of pork fat or shortening in it.

I really liked the filling inside, it’s a warm custard that’s extremely light.



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