You know what’s weird? When my mom declares, “we’re going out for lunch today” she actually means “we’re going out for dim sum AND ONLY DIM SUM today”. But mom, what about all the fantastic and exciting cuisines that we could try… Nope, not happening. For her, eating out is synonymous with dim sum and that’s how we found ourselves at Kirin Seafood Restaurant in Queensborough.
Rice Noodle Roll with Shrimp:
I found the rice noodle to be a bit too chewy and dense tasting but the shrimp had a nice texture with a good crunch and snap to them.
BBQ Pork Buns:
The buns were a bit dry and dense but I enjoyed the savoury BBQ pork filling as it wasn’t too sweet nor did I find any fat pieces.
Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling):
The skin was relatively thin and shrimp filling was good with a few actual chunks of shrimp in it. They were very lightly flavoured.
Chinese Donut Wrapped in Rice Noodle:
Similar to the rice noodle with shrimp, the rice noodle in this dish also suffered the same fate of being too dense. The Chinese donut didn’t seem as fresh, as it wasn’t very crunchy or airy.
Fried Bean Curd Skin Rolls:
Of course, you can’t go wrong with deep-fried food. I wish there was more filling in these rolls but it was still delicious and surprisingly not greasy.
This was probably my favourite dish of the meal. The meatballs had a really bouncy texture and were well-spiced.
Although on a whole, the dim sum at Kirin is adequate with most dishes needing only minor improvements, its prices are a bit higher than other places. However, I am really impressed by their service as they were attentive and friendly throughout the entire meal and didn’t seem to have a presumptuous air to them that far too many Chinese restaurants have nowadays.