Going to Dim Sum is much like leaving Canada
for a couple hours, hopping on a plane to China and being
surrounded by a whole new feast of flavours, textures and tastes.
Kam Fung is my favorite place to get Dim Sum in
Montreal. It's not exactly a small joint, but the
food has never failed me there. Always full to the brim, getting a
table can be little bit of a challenge after 11am, so I recommend
heading over there bright and early!
The service at Dim Sum can be a little rough around the edges
but I'm always willing to take the push and shove - as well as the
fork that is always handed to me upon view of my blond hair! -
because the food is that good. I secretly fetch for the chopsticks
once the waitress is gone anyway.
Here are a few of my favourite dishes- much of the staples of
Dim Sum cuisine. The food is passed around in carts, much like a
moving buffet where you can pick and choose what you to eat.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, I'd suggest trying
chicken feet or the traditional silken tofu dessert, but for the
purpose of an all-pleasing menu (dim sum is all about sharing),
here are some crowd-pleaser treats:
These are traditional Chinese
dumplings that are steamed in a bamboo steamer.
These are filled with ground pork, shrimp and peanuts. They are
also delicious stuffed with shrimp or scallops only.
These are flat dumplings
stuffed with shrimp and cilantro. They have to be my favorite Dim
Sum treat. They are light, flavorful and fluffy.
This dish is not always offered, but jump on
it if it is! It's steamed squid in a pungent
garlic sauce. The fried alternative is also incredibly tasty, but
this is a little different from the usually dim sum offerings.
Chinese broccoli is one of
the most popular Chinese vegetables and a great dish to choose,
especially amidst of a lot of Chinese fried foods! It's crisp,
usually cooked with garlic and pairs wonderfully with the sweet
oyster sauce it's served with.
These are a new favorite of mine: they're
stuffed crab claws with crab meat and shrimp which
are fried and served with a sweet and sour sauce.
These taro fried balls might
be a little of an acquired taste for some, but I adore them. Taro
is sweet and starchy and when fried gets crispy on the outside and
Maison Kam Fung (La)
1111 Rue Saint-Urbain
Montreal, QC H2Z 1Y6, Canada
Jennifer Bartoli is afood writerand food photographer
currently based in Montreal.
Posted: Fri, Oct 09 2009