Lunch 4/18/2014: Sun Sui Wah, 3888 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Shared: Har gow (prawn dumplings), pork and shrimp shumai, soya sauce chow mein, barbecue pork buns, cheong fun (shrimp rice roll), lo bak go (turnip cake), and dan tat (mini egg tarts).
The fiance’s first time here, and my second time. I was last here in 2008, and I hoped that it would still be as good as I remembered… and it was. We LOVED the har gow (prawn dumpling): so, so plump and juicy. The ones we ate regularly in NYC were maybe 2/3 the size of the dumplings served here. Same with the shumai… incredibly meaty. Barbecue pork buns were pillowy soft. The shell of the egg tarts was very flaky and buttery and the filling just melted in your mouth (the fiance could easily clean a few plates of these off, since they’re his favorite part of dim sum). The chow mein, shrimp rice roll, and turnip cake were all good, too, but nothing really differentiated them from other dim sum places.
The adorable custard-filled dumplings, that fit so sweetly in the palm of your hand, are steamed and then deep-fried. Those crips little dough spines all over their bodies are indeed a bit sharp, so while it’s safer than trying to nuzzle the spiky bits on a real hedgehog, one should still be careful when taking a bite.
To see more of Samantha’s food photography, follow @samishome on Instagram.
“My job is to tell stories of people through objects,” says Chicago-born prop stylist Samantha Wong (@samishome), who currently lives in Hong Kong. Her job, along with her passion for traveling, connecting with people and living a creative lifestyle, are the things that inspire her photography — and food often plays a big role in those moments. “I’m totally a social eater, as I tend to ‘splurge’ more when it’s a shared experience,” says Samantha, who started to include stylistic elements into her meals with friends and share those occasions through her photos.
“Food is very much a platform for social engagement and interaction: My photos capture that community as much as they tell about the ‘deliciousness’ of the food itself,” explains Samantha. Her biggest trick to creating a sense of interaction on the table is to incorporate people’s hands into the image. “Their anonymity allows a viewer to imagine themselves at the table, engaging in the spreads themselves,” she says. When Samantha encounters the right lighting, interiors and composition during her snacks and meals with her peers, there’s a good chance she’ll take out her smartphone for a photo shoot. “I always ask friends to have their nails painted, wear small pieces of jewelry or dress in clothes with interesting texture to add a stylistic angle and reflect the attitude of our destination,” she reveals. “My friends have become expert hand models as a result of this!”