Sherman's Food Adventures: Yummy Wonton House

Yummy Wonton House

*Restaurant is now closed*

Dim Sum and Delta doesn't roll off the tongue unless we were aiming for alliteration (I knew my University courses would pay off!).  Hence, many would rather risk their bumpers and doors in good ol' Richmond.  However, if one looks hard enough there are places that serve Dim Sum right in North Delta.  Now serving and being good can be mutually exclusive, but in the past, I've found Yummy Wonton and Lotus to be acceptable considering where they are located.  And since I haven't been back to Yummy in awhile, it was a good time to do a revisit.

We started with the generous helping of 5 Haw Gow (Shrimp Dumplings) unlike the standard 4 you get everywhere else.  These were not bad with properly-textured shrimp.  There was a good snap which gave way to a moderate amount of seasoning which was on the sweeter side.   The dumpling skin was not bad, if not a touch doughy.  Onto more shrimp, we had the Shrimp Spring Rolls.  They arrived hot and crunchy with minimal grease.  Although the filling shared the same characteristics as the haw gow, there was very little of it, hence the roll was mostly crunchy with very little "meat" to it.

With the Steamed Spareribs, we had the clunker dish of the meal.  In a smallish portion, the rib pieces were mostly small and completely over-marinaded.  Hence, there was very little meat texture.  Furthermore, we found them to be far too peppery where it dominated the entire flavour profile of the dish.  Getting back on track, the Sui Mai (Pork & Shrimp Dumpling, but this one was all-pork) was quite good.  Despite the lack of shrimp or anything other than some tobiko on top, the meat was tenderized just right where it retained a bounce texture.  Furthermore, the flavour was good as there was a nice balance between savoury and sweet.

On the topic of sweet, the BBQ Pork Buns were just that, but in a good way.  The mostly lean BBQ pork was dressed in a rich and sweet sauce.  It was encased in a relatively moist bun.  They were steamed just right as it was not soggy nor too dry.  Surprisingly, one of the better dishes was the Donut Rice Noodle Roll.  Many bigger Chinese restaurants can't get this dish right, but they did here.  The donut was crispy and light while the rice noodle was soft with a bit of resistance.  I would've preferred to see a touch more sugar in the soya dipping sauce as it was a bit too salty.

For me, I had to get the Tripe and I basically ended up eating the whole dish.  Such wimps at my table...  Anyways, it was mostly flavoured with a mild satay sauce that was just salty enough with a touch of sweetness and spice.  The tripe itself was on the chewier side, yet not overly so.  There was a slight tinge of gaminess at the finish.  As for the Curry Cuttlefish, I also had to finish it myself because the wimps became even wimpier.  The texture was pretty nice with a bit of chew while the curry was pretty spicy in a non-curry way, if that makes any sense.

We also go the Lo Mei Gai (Sticky Rice) which was packed with lots of ground pork and shiitake mushrooms. The rice was a touch moist from all the filling, but it wasn't mushy.  Flavourwise, it was pretty mild with a meatiness from the plethora of pork.  Lastly, we had the Potstickers which were a touch stiff - dumpling skin and meat filling.  It could've used a bit more of a sear at the bottom, but they were okay. Overall, this visit to Yummy essentially mirrored my previous Dim Sum meal.  Hence, we can safely assume they are consistent.  Now, if we compared this to places in Richmond, it would fail miserably.  But considering it is located in Delta, it does the job.

The Good:
- Okay for North Delta
- Friendly service
- Okay pricing considering everything

The Bad:
- Some dishes were not-so-good
- Limited options

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