|Austin Chinese Restaurant | Fortune Dim Sum, Seafood & Buffet|
|Tuesday, 08 June 2010 00:00|
Motivated by our craving for dim sum, we picked Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant for it. My Significant had been there for buffet on weekday, but this was our first attempt for dim sum. Full cart service is only available on weekends from 11 am until 3 pm and that's the reason we were there.
Located at a corner of the mall within the Chinatown Center premise near MT Supermarket, the facade of Fortune Chinese Restaurant faces the road of North Lamar Blvd. Buffet style lunch and dinner are offered on weekdays. In addition to that, they also serve a limited selection of dim sum upon order. On weekends, the banquet hall transforms into family-style dining with a huge array of dim sum on the attended push-carts.
We arrived with empty stomachs and huge appetite. Ready for a big chow down, we started with steamed rice noodle rolls or 'cheong fun', opting the filling of barbecued pork. Fabulous!
Next from the cart, we pointed for a platter of taro dumplings (wu gok) - our must have in the heavenly dim sum menu. Deep-fried and crispy but somehow theirs were not the best we have ever tasted.
Interestingly, they also serve almond milk that appear like a pot pie. It is a sweet dessert, popular among the Chinese. Covered with a layer of crispy pastry, the content of this little pot is almond milk cooked with bean curd sheets and lotus seeds. Perfectly combined, and not too sweet. Two thumbs up!
The fish balls were great. Beyond what we expected.
We also tried a bowl of congee or rice porridge. Savory based, it was prepared with century egg, meat and strips of scallops. Served hot with deep-fried Chinese crullers and chopped green onions, it was delicious.
The 'Xiao Long Bao' or Shanghai Soup dumplings were a bit of disappointment. The skins were too thick and we could hardly taste the soup.
For the last course, we treated ourselves with a platter of pan-fried radish cake. Despite it was a bit soft, the ingredients were beautifully mixed and flavored. Both of us liked it.
All the above plus a pot of chrysanthemum tea cost us $33+ (including tips). A great dim sum place in Austin and happy to be back!
10901 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 490 1426
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 June 2010 08:56|