Friday, January 7, 2011

Sharks Fin Rice @ Dragon Boat, Richmond Hill

Sharks Fin Rice is one of the few Cantonese Dishes that I have always wanted to try. I've never heard of it in Malaysia but it's offered at many Cantonese Restaurants in Toronto. I had my first version of it recently when Sam and Verna took me to one of their favorite Dim Sum Restaurants called Dragon Boat in Richmond Hill.

Like many popular Dim Sum places there was a queue and we had to wait at least 30 minutes before we were seated. Most of the Dim Sum here are made to order except for a few daily specials that are brought out by the Waiters and offered to each table.

Baked Chicken Pie
Baked Chicken Pie
Baked Chicken Pie
This is one of their signature Dim Sum. The Pie had a sweet, buttery and crumbly crust that melts in your mouth as you bite into it. It went well with the savory minced Chicken Filling inside.

Sharks Fin Rice
Sharks Fin Fried Rice
Sharks Fin Fried Rice
The dish that I so eagerly awaited for. The Rice was actually Fried Rice and was beautifully molded into a pyramid and surrounded with Sharks Fin Gravy. The rice was a little bland in flavor but I guess it was suppose to go with the Sharks Fin Gravy which had a very thick consistency from the use of Corn Starch. The gravy had quite a bit of Sharks Fin Chunks, Mushrooms and I think Bamboo Shoots.

Egg Yolk Custard Buns
Egg Yolk Custard Buns
I was going light today and did not give their Egg Yolk Custard Buns a try.

Shrimp Dumpling
Shrimp Dumpling
The Shrimp Dumplings were pretty good especially the filling which had big and well seasoned Shrimps. The Skin however was a little too thick.

Boiled Baby Bok Choi
Boiled Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce
Can't really go wrong with simple Boiled Greens with a side of Oyster Sauce.

With just the three of us this was all we could eat in the afternoon. My first try of Sharks Fin Rice was not bad but it wasn't mind blowing either. I would definitely order this at other restaurants to compare.

Food: 3.8/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Price: $$ (Price is under USD $20 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 160 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3L4, Canada
Price: +1 905-731-3718


Island Vittles said...

Do you have any idea how shark fins are collected? It is truly one of the most disgusting & cruel food practices left in this world.

Your review of this dish was luke warm at best. Before you start ordering this at other restaurants to compare, please find out more about how the shark fin fishery operates.

You may find you lose your appetite.

Kwong said...

Hi Island,

Sorry if my post offended you. I honestly have no idea how Sharks Fin are collected.

Growing up in a Chinese Family it is something that we grew up eating during special occasions.

Thanks for enlightening me about this issue.