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May 11, 2013 10:36 PM

Dim sum on weekday?

I'm wondering if the dim sum availability/variety is the same on weekdays as on weekends? We are visiting Vancouver at the end of May and trying to decide when to do for dim sum.


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  1. By and large yes, especially for the restaurants that do not operate carts. However, the bigger weekend crowds sometimes become the basis for specials that you might not see during the week. Having said that, the big crowds also mean that waiting for a table at the popular spots becomes the norm.

    1. What part of town will you be in, and how long are you staying ?

      There's two dominant dim sums ..... traditional Cantonese dim sum (aka "yum chia" in Cantonese or "yeen cha" in Mandarin). This is obviously the most prevalent and is found in many restos all over Greater Vancouver, and like Peter said, throughout the week but selections may be more limited to the standard tried & true dishes.

      There's also Northern/Shanghainese dim sum which is a different genre, and fewer restos offer them during the weekdays (that I know of).

      Again, where you'll be staying and how/where you can travel to may dictate what's closest to you.

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      1. re: LotusRapper

        We are staying in the downtown (west end) area. We won't have a car so hopefully somewhere not too far or easy to reach by public transport.

        I know there are a lots of posts on the "best" dim sum, but I'd appreciate your thoughts :)

        1. re: tivon

          I can recommend Dynasty Seafood near the City Hall Canada Line station.