Finally! Dim Sum!
Saturday lunch was my first dim sum meal of the year. We drove up to a strip mall, passing a pizzeria and a Vietnamese place and there was the queue for Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant, which spilled out into the carpark (they don't take reservations). To stave off the hunger pangs, R and I popped into the Chinese supermarket next door for some prawn crackers and saltines, while the rest waited for lucky number 25 to be called.
We nearly finished a bag of prawn crackers before the host called '25? Number 25?' and led us into the bustling restaurant. It's the dim sum on wheels type of restaurant, which is always fun, but also means it depends on your luck and the speed at which the trolleys reach you. I was, as always, wanting some char siew bao, and with none in sight, trolley after trolley, we had to order it from a passing waiter.
The baos were good, as were the wu kok and the egg tarts. The rest (such as pork ribs, carrot cake etc) were not too bad. The big disappointments were the cheong fan, which had too much skin, and the siew mai, which I have to say was among the worst ever, as the pork was tough.
So for the first dim sum of the year, it was quite decent. It was just fun to be in a that kind of busy bustling atmosphere, looking out for the ladies with the trolleys of steaming hot dim sum.
Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant
1135 N Lawrence Expy
Sunnyvale, CA 94089