Spring Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant
Spring Garden recently opened on 12th St. in New Westminster. It occupies the spot where Lucky King once was. My Cantonese-speaking mole tells me its chef worked fifteen years at a spot in Richmond. Unfortunately, he got the Chinese name of the restaurant which usually doesn’t translate into its English name.
Anyway, it was time for another Friday Lunch….
Spring Garden offers an extensive Dim Sum menu, several lunch specials along with their regular menu. We decided on a few dim sum choices as well as a few plates.
The Har Gow (Prawn with Scallops Dumplings) were exceptional. The seafood was very fresh and the wrapper was translucent, steamed to perfection. Unfortunately, the red vinegar wasn’t served alongside.
I’m wondering if any bilingual readers know whether they are still called Har gow when scallops are added.
Shui-Mai (Pork Dumpling with Tobiko). In some restaurants Shui-Mai is served a bit on the large size. I’m not complaining…bigger is a good thing! It’s only that when a big dumpling is fully cooked, the outside can be tough. In this case the dumpling was tender through and through.
The Beef Meat Balls with Bean Curd Sheets were a bit of a disappointment. The texture was fine but they lacked flavor. More garlic & sesame oil, some ginger and a side of Worcestershire would have me ordering more. Although, at $2.50 for probably 5-6 ounces, I shouldn’t complain.
The Szechuan Style Spicy Beef is really well made…the beef, tender with a nice, seared edge and the vegetables crisp. The table’s consensus…Triple A!
Shredded Pork w/ Seasonal Green in Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce. This was a fairly decent dish. I expected something a bit more dry with perhaps bok choy or spinach. The pork was nice and fatty. The sauce, again, could of used some jacking. Sweet enough, but without enough chili or vinegar.
The Hot and Peppery Chicken was very reminiscent of the House Special Chicken at New Age. Crunchy chunks of deep-fried goodness lathered in a hot, sweet, garlicky sauce with a load of fiery dried peppers. Spot on! This is one dish that makes the MSG headache worthwhile.
Overall, Spring Garden makes some pretty good food at low prices. It’s just a matter of picking out the best dishes. Repeat visits are definitely in order.