Where did I eat?
Kirin Seafood Restaurant at Richmond Centre in Richmond.
What do they specialize in?
Dim Sum and higher end Chinese cuisine.
What was the vibe?
Bright, bustling, elegant.
What did I order?
Steamed Rice Rolls
- We had several flavours of rice rolls including Chinese donut, pork liver, minced beef, and fish paste.
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings
- These are a staple you must always get when eating dim sum.
- Kirin’s version had big, plump, shrimp inside that tasted fresher than a lot of the average dim sum places
Pan Fried Pork Belly and Preserved Vegetable Bun
- This was my favourite dish of the day because I am obsessed with anything pork belly.
- The pork belly was super tender and in a slightly sweet sauce. The buns were fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside and not too doughy.
- The preserved vegetables added a little crunchy texture and contrasting tangy flavour to the rich pork
Steamed Pine Mushroom and Pork Dumplings filled with Consommé
- These were like a fancy version of your typical Shanghai style steamed dumplings.
- The dumplings were super juicy and the mushroom added a nice flavour to the meat inside.
- The skin was also surprisingly thin and I thought these were well executed dumplings.
Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal. This experience was part of a Chinese Bites dim sum tour tasting.
The dim sum at Kirin is very good and you can taste the quality of their food compared to the more standard dim sum restaurants. They do all of the classic dim sum dishes well and I liked how they had some more creative and unique options.