There is a store at Kennedy and Finch in Scarborough that sells quality frozen dim sum. My mom’s tai chi classmate informed her about it, and I in turn passed on the news to my in-laws. Fu Kee Dim Sum (富記㸃心) located at 21 Milliken Blvd, Scarborough is open from Fridays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a day for seniors (aged 65 and older) on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
My in-laws were able to buy some to try for themselves and dropped off some for us as well. Apparently, this store is really popular and the wait time was an hour for them! Be prepared to wait when you go (physical distancing procedures were in place for the line-up as seen in the photo).
We were able to try their shrimp ha gow (shrimp dumplings), chiu chow dumplings (dumplings with peanuts and pork), barbecue pork buns, and glutinous rice roll.
We steamed these dim sum in the steamer and ate them piping hot. I was SO impressed with the quality of the dim sum! They tasted just as good as the ones in the restaurants and the even better part was that they didn’t taste “heavy” or greasy at all.
The Shrimp Har Gow was fresh and well-made with barely any fatty meat. I could easily have eaten three in one sitting whereas I would only be able to eat two in one sitting for the restaurant-style ones. Something about their ha gow here was more “clean”; I guess the meat used is leaner.
The second highlight was the Glutinous Rice Roll. These were smaller than the restaurant ones but the grains in it was SO good. I could see the distinct layers of meat in between the rice; it was really well made. Also, the pork was more smooth than the restaurant ones with lots of sauce between each bite. It just tasted better than the restaurant ones.
The Barbecue Pork Buns and the Steamed Dumplings with Pork and Peanut were good too, but I loved the ha gow and sticky rice.
My guess is that the taste for these was generally better than restaurant dim sum because we steamed it to eat on demand versus restaurants who may leave the dim sum in the steamers for who knows how long before a customer orders it and it is brought to the table. The quality of the ingredients seems higher here too.
I really, really enjoyed the dim sum here and would love to try more. I’m not fond of the idea of lining up for the frozen dim sum though, so I’m super thankful that we were able to try these thanks to my in-laws. 😀