Po King Seafood Restaurant
Having decided on Dim Sum for the weekly Friday lunch, it was just a matter of where in Burnaby to go. One place we hadn’t yet tried is Po King on Kingsway. I’ve been a tad reticent due to numerous negative reviews on Dinehere and from fellow bloggers. From what I’ve seen, the place is packed every day…how bad could it be? Tales of pushy cart ladies, chaotic service and indifferent management only added to the intrigue.
Po King is a huge room. It fills up extremely fast so it’s best to get there by at least 11:30 for the lunch service. I was fortunate enough to grab a table by the windows. It makes for some really good photos.
Cha Shao Su (BBQ Pork in puff pastry). Sweet and savory pork in hoisin and oyster sauce encased in an extremely flaky pastry.
Wu Gok (Deep-fried taro balls). These are a must have on any Dim Sum table. A savory pork and mushroom filling wrapped in a taro pastry shell. When served piping hot, these are amazing. Unfortunately, after being rolled around on a cart, they lost their crunch.
Sui Mai (Pork and Mushroom dumplings). Ground pork, black mushroom and bamboo shoots, mixed, seasoned with sesame oil, rice wine and white pepper, wrapped and steamed. These had just enough pork fat to keep them moist and juicy. Well-made.
Dessert consisted of Lai Wong Bao (Steamed Custard Buns) and Ma Tei Gow (Water Chestnut Cake). The custard buns were fairly standard…a nice, creamy filling but a little too doughy for my taste. The Water Chestnut Cake, on the other hand, was quite unique. I’m not big on gelatinous food of any nature. After a bit of hesitation I took a bite and was surprised by the delicious combination of firm gelatin and crunchy chestnuts. Like most Chinese desserts, not too sweet. A perfect ending to a fine meal.
Actually, I am a little bummed out…I never got to experience surliness of any kind. Aside from some food cart gridlock everything went quite smoothly considering how busy it was. In fact, the servers and management were exceptionally helpful and polite. Po King is definitely going on the Friday Lunch roster.