Review: Kingford Seafood Restaurant

by gigi on September 26, 2007

It was late afternoon on a sunny weekend and Jenkins and I were wandering down No. 3 Road in Richmond looking for a place to eat at for lunch. I was pretty hungry so wanted to go to a place where the wait was short or non-existent. We decided to stop in at Kingford Seafood Restaurant at the corner of No. 3 Road and Westminster Hwy and were pleased to see that although the place was busy, there was no line-up at all!

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Dim sum is always one of my favourite types of lunches. Jenkins and I had to remember not to order too much since it was just the two of us. :)

First came the congee with preserved egg and salty pork. I found this to be a bit bland but Jenkins liked the taste of it. There were generous helpings of the preserved egg and pork throughout the congee, which was quite nice.

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We also ordered pan-fried Shanghainese pork buns, which is one of Jenkins’ favourite dim sum items. The pork filling inside was unlike traditional pan-fried pork buns in that there was quite a bit of crunchy vegetables as well. I enjoyed dunking this in the red vinegar.

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One of my favourite dim sum items is the pan fried egg plant with shrimp paste. This was a bit on the greasy side and the shrimp paste was distributed unevenly over the eggplant. So some bites would have a lot of shrimp and others would just be eggplant.

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Next came the steamed BBQ pork rice rolls. I drizzled some sweetened soy sauce, which came with the dish, over everything and it was quite tasty. Jenkins’ only complaint was that the pork filling also had cilantro, which he hates…but I didn’t mind it too much. :)

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Of course no dim sum would be complete without har gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings). The siu mai came out piping hot…so much so that it steamed up my camera lens. :) It was one of my favourite dishes of the meal. The pork dumplings were huge and the pork and shrimp had a nice crunch to it.

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Here is what it actually looked like after the steam dissipated…hehe.

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The har gao was good, but not as good as the siu mai. The shrimp was crunchy but Jenkins noted that it lacked some of the “har gao flavouring” that gives har gao its special taste.

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By this point, we really should have stopped eating…but I couldn’t resist dessert. :) We tried to be (relatively more) healthy by ordering the steamed egg cake. The best steamed cake I’ve had is at the Top Gun restaurant in Richmond and this definitely was not as good. In hindsight, we should have stopped before dessert. :)

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The service here was great…which is not always the norm in dim sum joints. Our server was very attentive and cleared our plates regularly and kept the teapot topped up. For the two of us, this cost $35 after tips and tax. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of dim sum and the good service.

Details:
200 – 5890 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Tel: 604-270-8888

Summary:
Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: [rating:3.5]
Price: $$
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