Dim Sum at Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine is a highly regarded Chinese restaurant serving dim sum in the Richmond Hill region. Many people say that it serves some of the best dim sum in town and that in order to get a table during the weekends, you have to arrive early and line-up even before the restaurant is open! (Indeed, I have seen a friend’s photo on Facebook where the line-up wound around the corner of the restaurant.) Ken and I were excited to try this place out. 😀
Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine opens at 9 a.m. every day. I heard that people say that you have to be there by 8:30 a.m. to get a table on the weekend so we were there promptly by around 8:40 a.m.
Luckily, we were only the fifth or sixth in line and definitely guaranteed a spot. 😄 My mom had told me that once the doors open, everyone rushes in and you grab your own table — no need to heed a host to guide you to a table because everyone is an early bird and ready to serve themselves. 😄
We experienced this when the doors opened at 9 a.m. and everyone entered the restaurant and found their own tables. It was quite an experience. Fortunately, on this weekend, there weren’t as many people as we expected and no one was hurt or trampled while we settled into our spots. 😉
The restaurant was really large and spacious inside with large fish tanks on the side full of abalone, geoduck, king crabs, and other sea life. They had free wifi there too (so handy to have the password printed right on the dim sum order sheet).
We liked how their dim sum order sheet showed some of the selections in pictures so we could see what the order would look like. We were hungry and ordered some classic dim sum dishes as well as their recommended ones. Their dim sum creations were quite unique! Service here was really good too as they came by often to refill our teapots with hot water.
The highly recommended Baked BBQ Pork Bun Pastry (天下第一飽) arrived first. This were four little pastry buns with a pineapple bun top and the BBQ pork inside of the buns. These were really good and cute since they were small.
The Dragon Boat Specialty Dim Sum Platter (富貴雀籠) arrived next. This looked so appealing on the menu that I just had to get it to try. 😀 This platter had two tiers of food on it like the high tea sets! It was so fancy! The bottom tier had some seaweed salad, sweet beans, pickled chicken feet, Deep Fried Turnip with Ham and Sesame, and a pork bun wrapped in seaweed. The top tier had the desserts: egg tart, coffee jello, coconut jello molded into a piece of papaya, Baked BBQ Pork Puff Pastry, and a small selection of fruits. This was an amazing dim sum platter and I’d never seen anything like it! We had to take photos to commemorate this unique dim sum experience. 😄
In this platter, I really liked the coffee jello, coconut-papaya dessert, and the Deep Fried Turnip with Ham and Sesame.
The Steamed Shrimp Dumpling (Har Gow) (凱龍船蝦餃皇) came in four with an entire shrimp on top of it in a square-shaped dim sum steamer (most dim sum steamers are round). These shrimp dumplings were plump and really tasty!
The Steamed Pork Dumpling (Siu Mai) (至尊黃袍燒賣皇) also came in four and were a little lopsided/deformed. 😄 Maybe we received the reject pile haha, but these were also big and plump with pork. I’m not sure if it is usually the case here but these pork dumplings tasted sweet to me. ..
The Steamed Chicken Feet (醬皇蒸鳳爪) was good. 🙂 Really soft and tender chicken skin.
The Deep Fried Seaweed Roll with Shrimp & Fish (定海神針) was really, really good! This was really crispy and freshly fried shrimp and fish in a roll with nori on the inside. This was one of my favourites that day.
The Steamed Beef Tripe with Ginger & Green Onion (薑葱牛柏葉) was really tender and came in a plentiful portion. I love it when beef tripe is tender and has soaked up all of the sauce. Yum!
The Steamed Avocado & Eel Rice Rolls (鮮果鰻魚腸) was definitely one of the most unique rice noodle rolls I’ve ever had. The avocado chunks were freshly green-coloured and there were significant amounts of it as well as the eel inside the rice roll. The avocado and eel made such a great combination in the rice roll. I would love to eat this again.
We also ordered the Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (蜜汁叉燒包) but I forgot to take a photo of it lol. Ken said it was rather normal-tasting.
Even it doesn’t look like much, we actually ordered a lot and couldn’t finish everything. The food was indeed really good though. We packed up the rest for me to bring home. 🙂
I wonder what their dinner service is like here. All I’ve heard about is their great dim sum which I can now confirm is quite good!