Review: A Golden Ocean of Dim Sum

by gigi on January 8, 2009

Jenkins’ parents wanted to go for dim sum one weekend and since I am a sucker for dim sum, I eagerly accepted their invitation on behalf of Jenkins and myself. :) It had been a while since I was at Golden Ocean for dim sum because I normally don’t like waiting too long to be seated at restaurants. Probably because it’s one of the only dim sum places in the area, there is almost always a long wait – even if you make reservations. Luckily for us that day, we only waited about 10 minutes before we were seated.

Golden Ocean operates its dim sum in a traditional manner in that most items are pushed around in carts or are carried through the restaurant on trays. One of the first items that marched past our table were some pan-fried pork buns. This is one of my and Jenkins’ favourite dim sum items so we definitely had to order it. The bun part was nice and crispy on account of it being pan-fried but I found the pork inside a bit on the mushy side.


We also ordered a plate of BBQ pork rice rolls. Jenkins likes this dish but only if there is no cilantro, which was the case here. A small bowl of sweetened soy sauce accompanies this dish and we chose to dip the rice rolls in the soy sauce rather than pouring the soy all over the rolls. This dish was steamed just right and the rice roll wrapping had a slight buoyancy to it.


The sui mai pork dumplings were quite good. It had a slight crunch and juiciness to it, probably from the pork fat and shrimp. Although it didn’t have any shrimp roe on top, which I normally enjoy, I found these dumplings to be quite tasty.


The BBQ pork buns were a bit plain tasting but always a nice filler item at dim sum.


We had to special order these shrimp dumplings because there just wasn’t anyone bringing these around. Sadly, even though these are normally one of my favourites, I found them to be quite disappointing this time around. The dumplings were steamed for too long so the skin was broke apart when I tried to pick them up with my chopsticks.


To balance out all the seafood and meat we were eating, we decided to also order a plate of steamed gai lan vegetables with oyster sauce. The gai lan was very fresh and crunchy. The light oyster sauce was the same way I had often eaten these veggies at both my and Jenkins’ homes.


We were starting to get pretty full and we decided to finish off our meal with some lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice. Some restaurants skimp out on this and it turns out to be mostly rice but this time around, there was a nice ratio of rice to mushrooms and meat.


2008 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Tel: 604-263-8886

Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $$

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