Written by Shirley T
Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00
Dim Sum or Chinese snacks that are served on small plates are something that I have never attempted at home. Besides the huge number of varieties to serve, each dish on the tiny plate are attentively and passionately prepared by qualified chefs. When we crave for dim sum, the best approach is to search around in town and we picked Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant for this round.
My Significant had been there for buffet on weekday, but this was our first attempt for dim sum. Full cart service is only available on weekends from 11 am until 3 pm and that's the reason we were there.
Located at a corner of the mall within the Chinatown Center premise near MT Supermarket, the facade of Fortune Chinese Restaurant faces the road of North Lamar Blvd. Buffet style lunch and dinner are featured on weekdays. In addition to that, they also serve a limited selection of dim sum upon order. On weekends, the banquet hall is transformed into the family-style dining with a huge array of dim sum on the attended push-carts.
We arrived with empty stomachs and huge appetite. Ready for a big chow down, we started with steamed rice noodle rolls or 'cheong fan', opting the filling of barbecued pork. Fabulous!
Next from the cart, we pointed for a platter of taro dumplings (wu gok) - our must have of among heavenly dim sum menu. Deep-fried and crispy but somehow theirs were not the best we have ever tasted.
Interestingly, they also serve almond milk that appear like a pot pie. It is a sweet dessert, popular among the Chinese. Covered with a layer of crispy pastry, the content of this little pot is almond milk cooked with bean curd sheets and lotus seeds. Perfectly combined, and not too sweet. Two thumbs up!
The fish balls were great. Beyond what we expected.
We also tried a bowl of congee or rice porridge. Savory based, it was prepared with century egg, meat and strips of scallops. Served hot with deep-fried Chinese crullers and chopped green onions, it was delicious.
The 'Xiao Long Bao' or Shanghai Soup dumplings were a bit of disappointment. The skin was too thick and we could hardly taste the soup.
For the last course, we treated ourselves with a platter of pan-fried radish cake. Despite it was a bit soft, the ingredients were beautifully mixed and flavored. Both of us liked it.
All the above plus a pot of chrysanthemum tea cost us $33+ (including tips). A great dims um place in Austin and happy to be back!
10901 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 490 1426
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