Dim sum refers to the wide range of small dishes of Chinese food you can choose from. When I grew up, traditional dim sum to me was when you had some ladies pushing a cart around and yelling out “Har Gow! Siu Mai!” If you wanted something, you either raised your hand or asked for it. The lady gives you your dish and marks it off on your dining card.
DISCLAIMER : Beauty PhD paid to dine at Kwan Dim Sum & Chinese Cuisines. Any opinions are that of my own. This is not a sponsored post.
At Kwan Dim Sum & Chinese Cuisine, they try to kick it up a notch with service. Instead of all the dishes being pre-made and being pushed around on a cart, you pre-order on the menu what you’re interested in and they are made fresh-to-order and brought to your table. Dim sum is served fresh daily until 4pm.
Our Order :
1) Premium Chinese Tea ; $2 per person
2) Deep Fried Mashed Taro Balls w/ Shitake Mushroom ; $4
3) Steamed Assorted Vegetable wrapped in Bean Curd Roll ; $4
4) Tender Beef wrapped in Steamed Rice Flour Noodle ; $5
5) Steamed Glutinous Rice w/ Chicken Meat & Shitake Mushroom wrapped w/ Lotus Leaf (Jun Chu Gai) ; $5
6) Chilled Mango Pudding Dessert ; $4
I found $2 per person for the tea a bit steep, but I guess it’s because a lot of Chinese restaurants and traditional dim sum places that I’ve gone to in the past usually provide this complimentary. In terms of the food, Kwan Dim Sum definitely pays a lot of attention to presentation and quality. Everything is very clean and modern. It’s like having “fancy” dim sum. The decor/interiors has an elegant Hong Kong Tea House atmosphere.
I’m usually not a huge fan of taro, but the Deep Fried Mashed Taro Balls w/ Shitake Mushroom actually ended up being my favourite dish out of the bunch. All of the dishes were very good and delicious. Just a bit pricey for dim sum though, but the higher price-point is made up by the nice atmosphere and quality of food and service. The portions are relatively small, but the food is quite filling. It’s definitely better than most of the dim sum places you’ll find downtown, but will be comparable to others if you’re in the Markham or Richmond Hill area.
We only tried the dim sum, however Kwan also offers a wide variety of dishes such as specialty poultry, pork, beef dishes, as well as noodles and fried rice. They also have a Tasting Menu that starts at $40 per person with a minimum of 4 ppl required and must be pre-ordered 1 day in advance. Hopefully I will have a chance to go back and try some of that!
FOR MORE INFO :
Kwan Dim Sum & Chinese Cuisine
1496 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4T 1Z6
Tel : (416) 901-6618
Website : http://kwandimsum.ca
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