“Don’t bother us, we’re having our tea”, says my mother as she and Travel Bunny enjoy a visit over lunch.
Today we lunched at a new spot Dim Sum Kingston.
Mom had the menu waiting by my chair to review when I arrived as one of the options for our dining adventures this visit.
We were pleasantly surprised by the food, and Dim Sum Kingston clocks in at a solid 3 in the CheapEats quality scale. The prices weren’t ridiculous, though they weren’t 10am in Chinatown cheap either. At $2.99 for each dim sum dish, it’s a doable dim sum in Kingston.
We hit the basics since there were only 2 of us: haw gow, char sui bau; “slimies” or Cheung Fun - wide rice noodles wrapped around a filling in our case shrimp with sauces that leave them highly mobile on the plate (thus the nickname). We also got curry cuttlefish – which came in a red curry sauce rather than the Toronto-traditional neon yellow curry sauce. It was tasty, but a little spicier than was good for mom. When I ordered the Shrimp Spring Rolls I expected the cigar shaped shrimp sticks or shrimp rolls, but it was more like the spring rolls you’d get in the 80s with shrimp. It’s always fun to see what you’ll get.
With that in mind, we tried a couple of items we didn’t have pre-expectations of. First the Wonton with Spicy Sauce (which is what they recommended when I asked if they had Wo Tip. My request was greeted with a big smile and “sorry we out”. I wish I had more/some Cantonese.) The wontons with spicy sauce were just that, meaty wontons steamed in spicy sauce. The Stuffed Stick Dumpling which turned out to be what I call “dim sum footballs” or ham sui gok – which are a glutenous rice dumpling filled with minced pork.
They have a lot of other stuff on the menu, but it’s so nice to be able to get dim sum in Kingston, that’ll have to wait for some other time.
Dim Sum Kingston is at 501 Princess Street (just up from Division) and serves Monday-Sunday from 11am-2am. So it’s pretty accessible too.