Western lake restaurant is known for having HUGE portions for dim sum and so I thought I would show my friend from Hong Kong how we do dim sum here in Vancouver.
We started off with the shrimp rice rolls which were not bad. The rice roll itself was well-made, it didn’t break apart right when I picked it up so overall, pretty good. I just wish there could have been a little more dried shrimp and green onions.
Next up the big xiu mai (pork shrimp dumplings) came and they were huge. The waitress offered to cut it in half (because she probably noticed that we were just two small girls and it was going to be difficult to maneuver). The only thing this had going for it was that it was huge. This would probably be double the size of some other dim sum places in Vancouver and triple the size of dim sum places in Hong Kong. The taste on the other hand was mediocre. There was a good amount of shrimp and pork but the skin was very disappointing and overcooked (which happens when they are so big). The skin of the dumpling fell apart and melted completely almost.
The shrimp dumplings (har gow) came next and they were also huge. The shrimp was crisp and well flavoured but the skin was again a bit too thick and somewhat soggy.
We also ordered the lo mai gai (chicken rice in lotus leaf) and it was actually normal sized. There wasn’t a lot of chicken in it and the rice was totally overcooked and mushy. The fillings were mediocre. I would not order this again.
Finally we also ordered the pork and chicken feet rice. This was surprisingly better than I had expected it to be. The pork was well cooked – not chewy, well flavoured and had a good bit to it. BUT they only gave us one chicken feet which was very disappointing. I really like chicken feet and one was definitely not enough. The chicken feet was okay – the marinade was flavourful but not well cooked. The rice itself was standard – luckily not too mushy or anything.
Overall: Western Lake dim sum was definitely very filling. Of course we didn’t finish everything and had to pack things up. The sizes of some of these were quite huge so hope you have an appetite when you visit. 6.5/10