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Sep 23, 2011 03:57 PM

Dim sum recommendations? [Detroit]

My favorite dim sum place died over a year ago. Where can I go get curried squid again in Detroit? That's not cold? And edible?

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  1. By cold and inedible, to which places are you referring?
    Also, for reference, what was your previous favorite place?

    1. Wah court, late and lamented, was my go to place for dim sum. Golden Harvest at 12 and Van Dyke sells the cold Dim Sum-unless they have improved since the last time I was there. (Golden Harvest does a much better job with their other food.)

      I live near i-75 and i-94: I'd like to find somewhere closer than Farmington. I do know about Shangri-La Midtown-which is good, but nowhere are good as when Mr. Wong ruled over Wong's eatery in Windsor.

      I'm hoping that a rumored chinese restaurant that's still in the building stages at 13 mile & John r, right by Taipan Bakery, will fill my cravings.

      Golden Harvest
      6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

      8 Replies
      1. re: malmarson

        The place by Taipan Bakery will be "Chao Zhou." I share your anticipation.

        I've not been to Kim's Garden for dim sum. Sounds like I need to check it out.

        For my money, Golden Harvest, Shangri La Orchard Lake, and East Lake in Troy all are pretty comparable--which is to say mostly enjoyable beyond a flaw here or there.... BUT, nothing to brag about.

        Sorry that I've nothing more insightful to add.

        Though, you know, you can cobble together a sort of dim sum experience at Trizest in Sterling Hts---pot stickers, steamed dumpling, dry fried shellfish (no curry squid), and stir fried green veggies with oyster sauce, etc.. Just a thought.

        Kim's Garden
        26150 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375

        Golden Harvest
        6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

        East Lake Restaurant
        5087 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085

        1. re: VTB

          Mmm, Trizest. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of their pork dumplings in chili oil. Wonderful stuff, amongst others.

        2. re: malmarson

          Have you tried May Wah in Windsor?
          The Wah Court on 1689 University Avenue West in Windsor became May Wah Inn.
          Just went there a month ago on a Sunday for dim sum. The curried baby squid (cuttlefish) was excellent as usual. Their Sunday dim sum is great for quality and variety. On Saturdays, not so good.
          We go there 2-3 times a year.
          If you find yourself in Ann Arbor/Ypsi, both Asia City and Great Lake have great dimsum including curried squid.

          1. re: bellmont

            I second Asia City. In addition to standard Dim Sum fare you get stuff like Congee, stewed tripe,soy milk pudding with syrup, roast pork, roast duck, and jellyfish. All served
            from carts.

            1. re: bellmont

              Huh-this is the first time I heard Wah Court just changed, not completely died. Do you have an address for May Wah?

              At one time, before the borders got--wonky--Wah Court is where I'd also go for a Christmas Eve feast. If I can find them again-I'd be most grateful. Thanks!

              1. re: malmarson

                May Wah Inn is at the address as the old Wah Court.

                1689 University Avenue W
                Windsor, ON N9B 1C3
                (519) 256-4755

                The name changed, but as far as I could tell, nothing else did, including the waitresses.
                The wait on Sunday lunch can be 30-45 minutes, but you can do call ahead.

                I'm guessing the ownership changed too.

                I also recall going once to the other Wah Court location on Wyandotte Ave. I believe that's gone.

                1. re: bellmont

                  In addition to May Wah Inn, for those willing to go to the trouble of crossing an international border, I used to really like Jade. It's been at least a couple years since my last visit, but the dim sum was quite good and affordable, and it is located just two blocks from the Tunnel.
                  (dim sum is not listed on the menu, but it was big on the weekends I was there)

                  1. re: VTB

                    Jade's dim sum in Windsor is pretty solid. It is best on the weekends, when servers are bustling about, carrying trays or pushing carts, but it is available every day on an a la carte basis (closed Tuesdays). Curried baby cuttlefish is always available.

                    I won't tell you that you will swoon over the dim sum, but Jade and May Wah pretty much have the market cornered for consistently decent dim sum. If you want really good dim sum, you'll have to make a road trip to centers that have sizeable Cantonese populations, i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, perhaps Boston.

          2. Kim's Garden in Novi.

            service is subpar, but their shumai, har kow, curried cuttlefish, chicken feet are all good. About as good as it gets here in SE-MI.


            p.s. their dinner is decent too.

            Kim's Garden
            26150 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375