Not familiar with dim sum? Think of it as Chinese tapas. You order small plates or steam baskets of dumplings. You drink oodles of green tea to wash down the salty food. You bring friends, so you can share and sample as many varieties as your stomachs can stretch.
While some popular, long-established dim sum houses may have started to raise prices, Shui Wah is one small dim sum house that still serves delicious and affordable dim sum.
Shui Wah’s atmosphere is nothing to brag about. No interior design, no signature dish sets, Formica table tops. The service is brisk, efficient, and not fawning. They don’t offer fancy dim sum photos on the menu.
However, from the two column slip of order form (in both Chinese and English), you will find typical varieties of dim sum dishes in affordable prices. The har-gow (steamed shrimp dumplings) is stuffed with fresh, well-seasoned, quality shrimp. If you fancy chicken feet, Shui Wah’s chicken feet are well dressed, tender, and so hot that you need to be careful not to burn your tongue. The tripe is sliced thin in a mildly spicy ginger sauce. The shark fin dumplings taste mostly of pork, but with a hint of the sea.
If you have time to visit Shui Wah during the week, they take 20% off the bill before 3pm. Last visit to Shui Wah involved five different dim sum dishes, which came to a total of $15 after the weekday discount.
Shui Wah is open daily for dim sum from 8am – 3pm.