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Mar 31, 2014 09:17 PM

Chow Dim Sum at Saigon Seafood Harbor Richmond 4/5

Anyone interested for some dim sum and seafood? Let's plan for 11am on Saturday, April 5. Depending on interest, we can fit 12 people comfortably per table.


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        1. Dang I just saw this. Can't make it but would love to try another time.

          1. Any thoughts on the dim sum experience ? Wasn't there a Chowdown on Saturday ?

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            1. re: gordon wing

              yes, it was well attended (Miles, Melanie, Mark, Al, Ernie, a few others whose names i've unfortunately forgotten). Melanie took pictures so can provide more detailed/expert report. A nice dry cider was provided by Melanie and I brought a bottle of Born nama genshu daiginjo sake. Highlights for me (Miles did most of the ordering) were the lobster sticky rice, cold crab, giant salt & pepper prawns, super pillowy/fluffy baked crunch-top ("pineapple" style) buns (one with custard, one with taro), san jian (pan fried) bao (not quite as good as in Shanghai, but still satisfying ;). 3 types of chicken feet were also sampled, steamed bun with liquid duck egg yolk custard which disappeared immediately, etc. Thanks to Miles for organizing!

              1. re: barleywino

                PS. one item i have not found yet in this area are shrimp rolls wrapped in white (not translucent) dry rice paper (neither fried nor steamed), maybe with some water chestnuts inside and sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Any sightings of this? also looking for giant steamed all-veggie baos (mostly spinach inside). Miles mentioned some place on Clement might have it...

                1. re: barleywino

                  I think Tay Ho in Oakland Chinatown has something similar. It's good. See the pic on the menu? The white things?

                    1. re: barleywino

                      These little guys are steamed though ... but SOOO yummy.

                    2. re: ltsering

                      Those are banh cuon, not that different from the shrimp filled rice noodle rolls we had at dim sum. Worth trying in their own right, but not what barleywino seeks.

                  1. re: barleywino

                    Sorry I missed it, I have always wanted to try this place. How does Saigon Seafood harbor compare to the nearby Asia Pearl? We used to go there quite a bit but stopped going because it seemed to be getting more inconsistent and hit or miss.

                    1. re: Ridge

                      sorry, haven't been to Asia Pearl yet, maybe others can chime in?

                      1. re: Ridge

                        It's been some time since I've had dim sum at Asian Pearl. Like every place it has had its ups and downs, so I couldn't say how it compares today. In the past, I've preferred Saigon Seafood Harbor for dim sum. That said, I don't feel that SSH's dim sum is back up to the level it was before the fire. You'll notice that our lunch included few dumplings. I don't know if that was by design or just chance, as I didn't pay attention to the ordering. But of this small sample and an earlier lunch, the live seafood dishes are the standout here and not the dumplings.