Tai Tung Chinese Seafood Restaurant 大同新派食館

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Last Visited: July 1, 2013
Address: 8102 Granville Street
City: Vancouver

I love having brunch with the family, because it’s something that we don’t get to do often, especially with school and work. So of course we took advantage of the statutory holiday. We decided to not go to our usual place for dimsum, and try something new instead. According to my dad, this restaurant opened about a year ago to expand from their other location in Kingsway. Since my parents haven’t been here in recent years, and my aunt who loves Tai Tung (on Kingsway) is visiting soon, we decided to come here to see if it is good enough to bring her here as oppose to the Kingsway location. The dishes are categorized as S (small), M (medium), L (large), and SP (special), each with their own specific price.

For those living in Richmond, Tai Tung is just over the Arthur Laing Bridge, which isn’t too far at all. However, being that it is on Granville, only street parking is available, which may be scarce if it’s busy.

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As you can see, the restaurant quite modern and contemporary. One may even think that their food is on the pricey side. Not a bad first impression. Other than the dingy carpet, I love that the place is so bright!

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Tai Tung Specialty Baked BBQ Pork Buns (M $4.35) – 3/5
I love that the top part was so soft and flaky, and the bun was warm. The BBQ pork wasn’t as warm as I would like, and it was a little blander than your typical BBQ pork. Nonetheless, it was good, because it was a good blend of sweet and savoury.

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Deep Fried Stuffed Eggplants w/ Shrimp Paste (L $4.95) – 3.5/5
I don’t normally like eggplant, because I find it salty, but this proved me wrong. It was definitely not salty, and for once, it was easy to eat. There wasn’t too much sauce, which is great because it didn’t overpower the eggplant and the shrimp. There was also a delicate crunch with each bite, as the deep-fry batter was not excessive, just the right amount that it doesn’t take over all the flavours.

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Rice Flour Rolls with Prawns & Chives (L $4.95) – 3.5/5
The best thing about this rice flour roll was that it wasn’t drowning in soy sauce. Most restaurants put so much on that all you taste is soy sauce! For once, I could actually taste the rice roll and the prawns. The rice flour roll was smooth, and not sticky, yet at the same time, the prawn remained intact and didn’t fall out. With a little soy sauce, it was slippery (in a good way), and delicious.

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Lean Pork & Preserved Egg Congee ($6.96) – 4/5
This is my all-time favourite go-to congee! What is very awesome about this congee is that it was not watered down. The preserved egg was yummy, as usual, but I found the pork was salty. Not to mention that $7 for a big bowl of congee is quite cheap!

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Scallops with Pork Shiu Mai Dumpling (L $4.95) – 4/5
I have never had shiu mai with scallops before, so it was quite interesting. What surprised me the most was the size of the dumplings, as they were quite big. The pork dumplings were very tender, and there was a generous amount of fish roe garnished on top of the scallops. It may seem as though there is too much pork compared to shrimp, but it personally doesn’t affect me, because after all, who doesn’t love more meat?

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Prawn Dumplings (L $4.95) – 4/5
I thought these were delicious! The wrap, which is my favourite part of the dumpling, was just the way I liked it, smooth and not sticky. There was also a generous amount of prawn in the dumpling.

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Chicken Claws with Special Sauce (M $4.35) – 3/5
I am the only one in my family who does not eat chicken feet, so there is no surprise that I did not touch this dish. However, everyone else generally had the same response. It was good, but there wasn’t anything special about it. Ironic considering there is “special’ sauce. They said that it was no different from other dimsum places, but it was still delicious. A plus was that it was a bit spicy from the peppers.

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Spareribs with Pumpkin in Black Bean Sauce (M $4.35) – 3.5/5
I like black beans, and I like spareribs, so of course we ordered this. The peppers added a slight spicy tang to the juices of the pork, which was delicious and not overpowering. Despite having pumpkin in its name, there was really only about two to three pieces of pumpkin. The spareribs were tender, and some of the meat fell off of the bone easily. There were lots of fatty pieces, which may or may not be a good thing. Personally, a little fat does no harm, so I didn’t find it too bad.

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I forgot what this was called, but basically there is flat rice noodle, gai lan, and what I think is pork belly. I loved the soup, because it was “clear” and not oily and heavy. The pork was also fatty, which again, may or may not be a bad thing.

To be honest, I think that although the food is good, it is quite pricey. Service was up to par, because the waiter was patient with us and gave us some recommendations! He really made sure the food was all good and that we were comfortable. I really think that based on this experience, it is worth bringing my aunt here.

1:Poor 2: Okay 3: Good 4: Great 5: Amazing!
Food: 3.5
Service:
3.5
Ambiance:
3
Price
Under $6 per dimsum 
Overall
3.5

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