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Dim Sum at Hai Yun Xuan

Hai Yun Xuan
Address: Long Kou Xi Lu, just south of Tian He Bei Lu


Happy Chinese National Holidays! Yesterday was the PRC’s big 60th anniversary celebration, so we decided to join in the fray by having dim sum at a new restaurant.

Hai Yun Xuan had only recently opened this week. There used to be another restaurant in its place some time ago, and upon entering the main dining hall one can see that they didn’t really change the design of the old establishment. Everything was quite neat and brightly lighted and the morning crowd wasn’t that large.

Like most dim sum restaurants these days, Hai Yun Xuan doesn’t have carts. Instead you have to order from a menu, which is fine with me since my Chinese is getting better!

The first item that came was the Three Colours Bean Cake. It was basically a Chinese water chestnut-cake with the water chestnuts replaced with three different legumes: azuki beans, millet, and something else that I can’t remember. Apart from the aesthetic appeal this dish really wasn’t much; the beans, unlike water chestnuts, provided no texture contrast. I think I would take the traditional water chestnut version over this any day.

The boiled greens served with sweet soy sauce were standard but good.

My parents’ orders, steamed pork offal and steamed beef ribs. My dad said that the beef ribs weren’t good, though he didn’t elaborate.

The shrimp dumplings tasted strange. I don’t think that the shrimp that they used was very fresh…and the stuffing was overly oily. It wasn’t very enjoyable…

Deep-fried shrimp rolls. I didn’t try these as I don’t like the thought of eating deep-fried foods.

So far, the meal hasn’t been going that well, and unfortunately it gets worse.

When the beancurd rolls came, we thought that they tasted strange. The flavours were there, but there was something wrong with the texture…at the end of our meal, when I tried another bite, we realized that the pork inside was RAW. RAW PORK. My goodness. Certainly not good publicity during a swine flu scare. I felt pretty nauseated after realizing that…it was probably just a mental thing and I don’t think I’ll be getting sick but still…RAW pork??!

However, the last item that came, the sweet buns, were quite decent. They had a flaky crust on the top and some form of gooey, sweet stuff as filling. I couldn’t figure out what it was, probably just sugar syrup or something common, but it accompanied the soft bun quite well, even though it got a bit too sweet at the end.

At the end we spoke with the manager about the pork and they took that item off our bill. The total cost came up to 100 something RMB, which is quite cheap. But still, the thought of that raw pork plus the other fairly mediocre dishes probably won’t get me coming back again anytime soon.

Oh, and before we left the restaurant we sat back for a while watching the beginning of the huge military parade show hosted in Beijing in celebration of the 60th anniversary. President Hu Jin Tao poked his head out of his limousine shouting, “Greetings comrades! You must be tired!” to the troops and troops of soldiers lined along the two sides of ChangAn Ave. in front of Tian An Men Square. When we got home my parents sat for two hours in front of the TV watching that military parade. Lol.

October 2, 2009 - Posted by | Breakfast, Guangzhou, Restaurants | ,

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