Fortune House Restaurant
4700 Kingsway, Burnaby (Map)
Price: Fair (but slightly on the pricier side)
Dim sum is one of my favorite type of Chinese food. Usually Richmond would be THE place for dim sum, but as you can see, there are actually some good ones outside of that area. Kirin (downtown and Coquitlam) is really good but expensive, and of course my recent post on Luxe in Langley.
This time we headed to Fortune House in Burnaby. I actually been here before for their dinner service which in my memory was actually not bad. We arrived at 11am without a reservation, so they handed us a green card(walk in) with our call number on it. I actually like this system better, because it's less confusing than yelling out last names. The prices ($2.95-$7.95, see pic above for detail) here are higher than other place, but given the location and their decor, I have to say the price is fair. They also have special discount from 9-11am, but I have no idea how much of a discount they offer.
The beef tendon was excellent, it was very soft and flavorful. The special pumpkin dumpling was filled with pumpkin puree and ground pork. I especially liked the slightly sweetness pumpkin.
Next up is the chicken feet. These were good as well, the skin was intact and glutinous. The flavor of this was similar to the tendon. The steam ribs are usually my favorite, sadly these weren't impressive. The ribs are rather bony, and slightly bland.
I loved the shrimp dumpling, in fact I think this was the highlight for me. The prawns were really fresh that they had this snap quality. Of course dim sum xiao long bao always have super thick skin, but at least these had a bit of soup.
This chive/egg/shrimp dumpling was not very good. It's funny how the prawns in the shrimp dumpling was fresh, but these weren't. Also they are rather tasteless in my opinion. As for the diakon cake, I am not a big fan, but R certainly was.
We got three kinds of rice rolls. The first is the Chinese donut in rice roll. These were rather cold when served, so the donut was too soft. The shrimp rice roll was good, as these prawns were once again the fresh kind. The last rice roll was filled with BBQ pork. Because the flavor of the pork was rather strong, so I didn't think the sauce compliment the dish at all.
Service here was good consider it's a dim sum restaurant (anything is better than PoKing). Although the prices here are higher than other place, but it's worth to come check it out, because the food was good, and the ambiance was nice, plus it's just conveniently located inside the skytrain entrance of Metrotown.