Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant (名閣海鮮酒家) – Dim Sum Edition

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Location: 3432 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 255-2280 | Hours: N/A

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant

Happy Valley has become one of my favourite places for dim sum. I’ve been here quite a few times in the past year and their food quality has been quite consistent. They do get quite busy around lunch time on the weekends, so I would book ahead of time to reserve a table. Parking is also quite a hassel there, the parking spots are tiny and shared with next door.

Steamed Chicken & Diced Ginger Buns

This is one of my favourite dim sum dishes here. The bun is soft and fillings are filled with lotse of ginger and chicken. I’m not exactly a ginger fan, but the combo makes it just right!

Duck Webs with Taro

The duck webs are very flavourful.

Beef Short Ribs with Black Pepper

The beef short ribs were not too bad. It’s not very fat and quite flavourful.

Egg Tofu with Golden Bread

This dish is good. But, it doesn’t compare to the deep fried tofu that Kirin has.

Braised Fish Collan with Green Onion

This is one of their signature dishes. The dim sum version is a little cheaper and also a smaller dish than the dinner version. But nonetheless, it is equally good. The fish collan is deep fried and then mixed with their special soya sauce. It’s definitely a recommendation for those who likes fish.

Beef Brisket with Rice rolls

The beef brisket is soft and tender, very flavourful. The rice rolls soaked in the sauce from the beef brisket, a great combo.

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

I’m not a fan of prawn dumplings (har gow). I don’t like the texture and the taste, even though it’s one of the main dishes people get when eating dim sum.

Cuttlefish Fillets with Curry Sauce

I originally wanted to get cuttlefish but not fillet. However, my brother tricked me into getting it without noticing it’s actually fillet. The cuttlefish is one of my favourite dishes to have for dim sum.

Eggplant with Shrimp Puree

This is a deep fried eggplant with shrimp puree. It’s finished off with a thick sauce. One of the things I don’t like about this dish is the oil that the eggplant absorbs, which gets transferred to your mouth and lips and all around.

Spareribs and Chicken Feet on Rice

This isn’t the traditional Chinese style stone pot rice. They just use the pot for decoration, everything else is cooked outside the pot. Nonetheless, the spareribs were not fatty meat at all, very nice combo. I’d like to see more vegetables though, if any at all.

Deep Fried Chicken Joint with Pepper Salt

The deep fried stuff here are quite presentable and very HOT! It’s right out of the fryer. The deep fried chicken joints were tasty and fried well.

Pan Fried Radish Cake in Spicy X.O. Sauce

I’m not a big fan of radish/turnip cake, so I didn’t have any.

Overall, the food quality is great. The food isn’t too expensive. And if you go during a weekday for Dim Sum, you will have an automatically 10% off your bill. Although, they still do charge for tea. Don’t expect top notch service here, it’s not one of the higher end Chinese restaurants that will give you that type of service. However, most of the servers are quite nice and polite. The tables at this restaurant is a little crowded but the decors are pretty modern.

How was your last Dim Sum experience? Let me know, down below!