Its a nippy wintery weekend, and if I have to get out of bed early, it better be for a darned good reason. Hot tasty dim sum with family? Ok, I'll scrape myself out of my nest of pillows and blankets for that :) Trick is with dim sum, you always have to go early if you want to get a table without waiting for hours (after all, I'm not the only one that loves sleeping in!). So after slipping and sliding a bit on the hilly roads, we enter a bustling restaurant with a glass walled off kitchen right before the lunch rush. They only take reservations up to around 11am if you have a table of 6 or more. There isn't enough space with all the crammed in tables and seating for the traditional dim sum carts to be trucked around and the dim sum ladies yelling out what they have in their carts -so while slightly less noisy, it's an integral part of dim sum that while some folks dislike, I missed it here as I find it adds to the atmosphere.
What you want for dim sum is ticked off of a list that you hand to your waitstaff, and food trickles out at a good pace. You can watch the chefs make the dim sum through huge windows that showcase a nice clean kitchen while you catch up with friends, family and wait for the food to come out. Though they have a smaller selection of speciality dim sum items than T Pot close by, the service is definitely more consistent here.
One of the first items that came out was the diakon cake. These are normally pan friend in slabs, and I'm glad Ginger Beef takes this own spin on this dish by making them into fried diakon cake cubes. They have a lightly crispy deep fried exterior, a soft and smooshy peppery diakon interior, with some dried shrimp throughout, and tossed in just the right amount of chili infused oil and green onions for each bite to warm you up to your toes. Nom!
This super buttery, flaky pastry disappeared fast at our table: BBQ pork pastry Multiple layers of delicate flaky pastry (you can totally taste the lard used to make this pastry!) is wrapped around a moist filling of diced up tender lean BBQ pork. The lean BBQ pork was a bit of a surprise (its usually super fatty), and helped lessen the richness of this pastry a bit. Just a wee bit!