So to finish off the girl’s stagette weekend over a week ago (note that many of the guys were simultaneously on an RV road trip to Reno), we went for a dim sum brunch on Sunday, to help nurse our hangovers collectively. It was actually surprising that around nine of us ended up showing for the meal, since it was somewhat early after a late night out (well, 11 AM), and we didn’t think that many people would get it together by then.
Since I’ve already recently written about the Kirin Downtown location, I’ll make this post fairly short, and just include my pictures and ratings with some highlights of the dishes that were different from my last visit.
Again, since the girl of honour is vegetarian, we did choose quite a few dishes that would fit that category, and I also ate mostly those selections, as I was still just recovering from my stomach virus and wasn’t sure how much meat I could necessarily handle (I still had seafood though).
The first item on the vegetarian section of the menu was the Steamed Sweet Corn and Vegetable Dumplings. These contained mostly corn but also had an item that looked and tasted like some sort of mock meat, similar to ham in appearance. Okay, so I know that doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing, but I surprisingly didn’t mind it!
Next up, we were brought the Steamed Black Moss and Peatip Rice Roll. I can’t say that I’ve eaten black moss before, so this was interesting to try. I didn’t notice a strong flavour, but I love peatips with their slight sweetness and I did enjoy this dish. Plus who doesn’t like food served within rice rolls?
The Vegetarian Spring Rolls were filled with squash and asparagus. We didn’t ask if these were deep fried in the same oil as other meat-containing dishes, so I’m not sure if it’s truly a vegetarian option, however.
I love bean curd. And I love prawns. I was, however, a little uncertain of the spinach part of the Prawn and Spinach Deep Fried Bean Curd. It ended up being quite good though, and I would for sure order this dish again on my next visit.
The Deep Fried Squid in Spicy Peppery Salt is something I had already tried at Kirin’s downtown location, but I included this again as it looked and tasted slightly different. I actually preferred the other location’s version more, as this one had a bit of a thicker batter and didn’t have as much spice to it. I’m not sure if they were named something different from one another or not.
The Deep-Fried Taro Balls weren’t actually on the regular menu, but one of the staff was walking around with some freshly made ones while we were eating, so we decided to grab them as well. These had some pork inside, I believe, along with a few other things, but I forget what 🙁 (forgive me, this was a lot of different stuff all at once!).
The only problem I had with the Bean Curd Ball Steamed with Two Kinds of Mushroom was that the bean curd was quite mushy in texture almost, as it had been steamed too much. I like it to still have a bit of an ‘al dente’ texture (I’m not sure if you can use that word to describe this stuff, but you get my drift). The mushrooms tasted great and the flavour was delicious otherwise.
The classic Steamed Prawn Rice Roll wasn’t bad, except I found that this particular rice roll wrapper was a bit overcooked as it turned out to be a bit mushy as well.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Deep Fried Coconut Cream Sesame Seed Ball dessert that we all shared for two reasons: 1. I was originally hoping to order cream custard egg buns, and they didn’t serve them at this Kirin restaurant. 2. The filling was a bit thick and not creamy soft as I was picturing it would be. Sure, it tasted a lot like coconut cream, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for at the time.
The Mango Pudding at Kirin is made in individual servings, with a side of cream to pour over top. I only had a bite of my girlfriend’s this time around, but it had the refreshing, classic taste that I was expecting. And add on some rich cream and you’ve got yourself a delicious (but calorie-rich) treat!
Overall, I’d say that I prefer the Kirin Downtown location a bit better. The selections that I had there were a more to my preference, and it’s also great since it has just been recently renovated. However, both of them generally have consistent quality dim sum and I’ve always enjoyed my meals there. Again, the City Square location is also very busy, and I would recommend getting reservations next time you want to go during the busy lunch hours.
Food: (based on what was ordered during this visit; however, I’ve been before and compares to Kirin Downtown)
Service: (some communication difficulties, but super fast and efficient service!)