Western Lake Chinese Seafood

Western Lake Chinese Seafood is a Chinese restaurant on Victoria Street that is known for their great dim sum. The inside is somewhat large, but it gets packed with people, even on weekdays, so I would suggest making a reservation.

Earlier this week, my friend Melissa and I were craving dim sum and since Western Lake has a good reputation and I’ve never tried it, we headed there for lunch.

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Steamed prawn dumplings are something I get every time I get dim sum. The ones from here were good and stuffed full of meaty shrimp. The filling could have used a bit more flavour, but the outside wrapper had a good consistency that wasn’t too sticky.

Steamed Shiu-Mai Dumplings

The steamed shiu-mai dumplings were ridiculously big. I’ve never seen such massive dumplings. They were almost a bit too big since I had to break it up into multiple pieces to eat it. The mushroom, pork, and shrimp filling was flavourful and moist. These were good and definitely a great bang for your buck portion wise.

Steamed Prawn Rice Flour Rolls

The steamed prawn rice flour rolls were simple and tasty. In hindsight, these are pretty similar taste wise to the steamed shrimp dumplings so we didn’t really need both, but I still enjoyed them and they had more flavour (likely from the sauce) than the dumplings.

Deep Fried Pork Dumplings

I’m not sure why, but I’ve tried every variation of a pork bun or dumpling except deep fried ones. We got some deep fried pork dumplings and I wish I had tried them sooner! The pork filling was chunky, tender, and flavourful. I liked the contrast of the soft inner dumpling skin and the crisp and crunchy outside layer. These were my favourite item of the day and something I’m going to get more often.

Deep Fried Sesame Paste Balls

For a dessert item we got the deep fried sesame paste balls. They had a nice crunchy outside layer, but I felt like they could have used more filling. I love black sesame paste so I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t very much inside. These weren’t necessarily bad, just not great.

Overall I was very satisfied with the dim sum we had at Western Lake. It all came out piping hot and fresh and it was all reasonably priced. After tax and tip we each paid about $13, which I felt was a great deal considering the quality and quantity of food we got. Another plus for Western Lake is that the servers were friendly and nice (which doesn’t always happen at dim sum places).

Recommendation:

Yes, for great and affordable dim sum.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Chinese, Vancouver

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