Golden Harvest - passes Good Choice for dim sum in the area for me
I've long enjoyed Good Choice for dim sum when wanting a small Vancouver option without heading to the big ones down in Richmond. But lately the quality has been slipping a bit in the past few visits, and I started to explore out a bit including Golden Harvest.
They performed really well, and based on this first visit I will visit again as it was better than my last few visits to Good Choice.
- The soft shell crab was done with a classic garlic chili salt style. The coating was nice and crisp without being too thick, the garlic and chili provided a nice flavour balance, and the crab itself was very fresh tasting with lots of meat. The crab had nice fat as well to really intensify the flavours.
- The scallop cheong fan had nice large fresh scallops and some greens rolled inside. The greens were a nice touch. The wrapper was the proper consistency, and bonus points for serving the sauce on the side so it wasn't drowning in it and getting soggy.
- The har gow were large and mostly shrimp. The shrimp were quite fresh, with a nice crunch, and the wrapper was nice and thin. One of them was not sealed properly, but overall very good.
- The string beans were fried with meat and olives (I didn't notice any olives but that is what it was called on the menu). They were still slightly crunchy (the way I like them), but I wish they had more of a nice wok hei.
A very respectable performance for a small neighbourhood dim sum spot.
Golden Harvest Seafood Restaurant
4818 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R8, CA
Thanks for the report, YVRChow !
I asked the question about GH's dim sum just recently, but didn't hear any reports. South Van west of Victoria Dr. is lacking dim sum places so it's good to know GH does a respectable job.
And while we are at it, where are the current "must go" dim sum places in Richmond, East Vancouver and Burnaby? As to Richmond, we have been regulars at the Jade, but have tired of it. There are the usual suspects (Kirin, Seafood Harbour, etc.) but I would love to have some new ideas.
Tried Golden Harvest last Thursday and it was hit and miss. Lucky to have a reso at 11 am as it was slammed. Squid tentacles were verging on inedible, way overfried and not tasty. Pan fried stuffed eggplant with shrimp puree much better though still not to the Good Choice standard. Steamed rice flour rolls with scallop and greens reported to be very good by three DCs and of course YVR Chow above :-). Har gow solid but missing any water chestnut, better than Good Choice where they are just too big. Steamed veg dumplings with mushroom really bland and gummy. "Chef's specialty" pan fried pork buns good but coating was too thick. Fried rice with olives tasty but olives not prevalent enough -- would have got the string beans but couldn't find them on the menu. Deep fried garlic prawn spring rolls looked overdone but were quite good though no hint of garlic. Best of show for me was the pan fried shrimp and chive dumplings, which really were quite outstanding. The pan fried radish cake in XO sauce never showed until we had long finished everything else. It finally came (despite canceling much previously with the maitre d') and was not left or charged for. They do charge for tea here Note that a number of dishes are not available until after 10:30 am (separate ds menu).
FWIW here is what I found in my list to order at Good Choice based on four visits in the fall: D4. steamed dumplings with chinese ham and parsley; D15. deep fried eggplant wrapped in shrimps; D16. shrimp spring rolls; D25 steamed milk with ginger; D30. mini egg tart (excellent); K13 spicy squid (I liked this better than other DCs when we tried it); K18. stir fried radish cake (excellent), F3 spicy sampan style fried rice (excellent), avoid har gau, siu mai, pan fried chive cake, clams, D19. "football" dimsum (the one with the ground pork inside).