Sunday, 2 June 2013

Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine

Dragon Boat Fusion Cuisine used to be one of my favourite dimsum places in the GTA
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The restaurant is located on East Beaver Creek in an area that's predominantly commercial - if I didn't know where it was, I'd probably have a difficult time finding it. Also, parking is a hassle at the restaurant since it doesn't seem like there's enough and people have had their cars towed away in a nearby parking lot.
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Dim sum special!
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Lunch menu
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Pineapple bun filled with bbq pork
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It's called a pineapple bun, but there's no pineapple in it. Instead, the top crust is cooked to a golden-brown colour and checkered thereby resembling a pineapple. The bun is usually pretty sweet, but when you add in the BBQ pork, it gets more of a savoury taste. 

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Steamed oxtail with bean curd sheet in garlic
The dish sounded like it would be more salty and full-flavoured with the garlic. However, this dim sum dish was actually kind of sweet. The meat wasn't as tender as I would have liked, but it was okay.

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Pumpkin congee
It was thinner than the usual congee and had a nice hint of pumpkin flavour.

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BBQ pork in puff pastry

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Beef tendons
I like it when beef tendons are soft and not very chewy and this dish wasn't quite there. The peppers were actually hot (so much for thinking it was just a garnish).

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Steamed sticky rice with chicken wrapped in lotus leaf and har gow (in the back)

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The sticky rice was okay - the restaurant used to serve two large wraps in the same dim sum container and now they serve three. I think it was better in the past when they went quality instead of quantity.
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Har Gow

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Rice noodle roll wrapped around youtiao (fried bread stick) with shredded meat
It's really nice with soy sauce.

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Deep fried shrimp balls
The shrimp balls were crispy and packed solid with shrimp - delicious

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Dumpling in soup
The broth was really nice and the dumpling was huge and filled with lots of goodies like Chinese mushroom cubes, ground beef, shrimp and some vegetables.

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Dragon Boat Festival Rice Dumpling
A traditional staple near Dragon Boat Festival time - it's a pyramid of sticky and salty rice. There's usually a cooked egg yolk inside.

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Spring rolls with coriander, Chinese mushrooms and carrots.
I wasn't a big fan of this...I still think Vietnamese spring rolls are the best.

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Siu mai
You can never really go wrong with siu mai and har gow at dim sum.
Yum!

Overall: Decent dim sum and for a reasonable price. The restaurant is huge and yet, you could still wait 1/2 hour for a table, but the service is fast.

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