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Extreme 'Dim Sum Fatigue' after todays hefty lunch at The Emperor!!

Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 12:21 PM

Today's family Dim Sum Lunch at The Emperor is my 4th Dim Sum lunch this past week! Now, suffering from a case of extreme 'Dim Sum Fatigue', I swear to myself, at least for the next 3-6 months, NO MORE!!!

Our party of 14 ordered so many dishes, I don't think I can remember them all. All I can say is, quality is so-so except for an exceptionally tasty and greaseless 'Deep Fried Squid tentacles' and a delicious and tender 'Braised Beef Tendons with Chui Hau sauce'. Rest are borderline acceptable with the usual overly thick wrappers in dumplings, rice rolls and buns. At least the fillings are pretty fresh and generous.
However, in a more than decent restaurant, at $2.68 per dish across the board, 7 days a week and dim sum service up to 4.00 pm, I don't think there's room for one to be overly critical!!

I believe we had the following 17+ Dim Sum dishes plus a couple of plain vegetable dishes:

- Stirred fry glutenous rice
- Har Gow'
- Siu Mai
- Prawns with chives dumplings
- BBQ pork puffs
- Braised Beef Tendons,
- Steamed Chicken feet
- Steamed BBQ buns
- Shrimp Rice Roll
- Steamed Taro Cake
- Fried Taro Croquettes
- Fried 5 spice Squid tentacles
- Turnip cakes
- Steamed rice roll wrapped Chinese doughnut
- Steamed glutinous rice wrapped in Lotus leaf
- Egg Tarts
- Multi-layered sponge cake
- Mango Pudding

Next week, Hamburger!! Here I come!!

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    magic RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 12:25 PM

    Dude, you're killing me.

    1. c oliver RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 12:39 PM

      What's the last picture please?

      Sixteen plates for fourteen people doesn't sound bad but, yeah, you may have ODd this week :)

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        Charles Yu RE: c oliver Feb 22, 2014 02:40 PM

        Close up of the Steamed Taro cakes showing the chopped up Chinese preserved sausages.

        We also ordered 2 vegetable dishes ( Broccoli and Pea-shoot ) plus two bowls of Rice Congees which I skipped taking photos of.

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          c oliver RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 02:43 PM


          And now that IS sounding like quite a bit of food :)

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        LexiFirefly RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 12:57 PM

        Is it wrong I really want you to come to my house and try my home made dim sum. I know I'll get blasted but I want the notes!!

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          justsayn RE: LexiFirefly Feb 22, 2014 02:06 PM

          Really!?? From scratch?

          That's awesome.

          Firefly Dim Sum Shop opening soon!

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            LexiFirefly RE: justsayn Feb 22, 2014 02:44 PM

            I think gweilo is already taken. :) but my sister's students seemed pretty happy with our Chinese new year offerings. Granted they were from the mainland and probably being extremely polite. This is what I get for being a sahm! ;)

          2. re: LexiFirefly
            Charles Yu RE: LexiFirefly Feb 22, 2014 02:43 PM

            Next year you should enter 'Masterchef' Canada!!

            ...and sure! I'll bring my own bowl and chopsticks so that you don't have to do the dishes after all your hard work!!!

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              LexiFirefly RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 02:46 PM

              I don't qualify for MCCanada unfortunately. :) don't worry about the bowl we got a wicked dishwasher (my SO!) covered! :)

          3. TorontoTuna RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 03:52 PM

            Charles, I've been following your chatter for some time now, and you've been pretty much in the right ballpark with your reviews when I've tested them and sallied forth into the uncharted hinterlands north of the great, unwashed congeries of Fordlandia....(with apologies to Henry.) My question to you is...do you ever dine at home?

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              Charles Yu RE: TorontoTuna Feb 22, 2014 04:28 PM

              Ha! Ha! Yes!! I do cook and eat at home!! However, I try not to do a lot of messy wok-hay stuff though! Those I leave to eating out.
              However, if its something relatively simple like a good ' Linguine ala Vongole' , a nice Malaysian Chicken Curry using free range chicken or a Chef's Prime-Rib roast with creamy mash potatoes, those, I usually do at home..

              "tested them and sallied forth into the uncharted hinterlands north of the great, unwashed congeries of Fordlandia.." .... Wow!!!!

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              fourunder RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 04:05 PM

              Light Weight....

              1. Charles Yu RE: Charles Yu Feb 22, 2014 05:55 PM

                For dinner, just went to 'Fresh Burger' and have their Prime Burger Combo. Man! Was that good!! More grease than gluten! Ha!!

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