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August 4, 2008


Shui Wah

by gastronomicbypass

Location – 2162 S. Archer (Archer and Cermak)

In one word – Omnivore

Food – Wanting to try out a new dim sum location, we ventured beyond Phoenix and Happy Chef and tried Shui Wah.  Overall my eating partners and I were impressed.  However, here’s the general tip for Shui Wah, if you have any eating restrictions, beware.  The pork dumplings have shrimp, the chive dumplings have pork…you get the idea.  My favorite selections were the pork and egg congee (it’s a Chinese take on Cream of Wheat), the lotus paste buns (sweet and super filling) and the steamed egg-yolk cream roll (best Chinese dessert I’ve had).

Drink – We chose the Jasmine tea, and I proceeded to drink 12 cups of it.

Service – Lucky for me, one of my eating partners spoke Cantonese, which definitely made ordering more efficient.  It was a bit difficult to get the wait staff’s attention when we needed anything, but given how cheap the meal was, it’s hard to complain about that.

Scene – We were the only non-Chinese folks in the restaurant, which I took as a good sign.  I always assume that in that situation, the food is more authentic and less Americanized.  Also, we came on a Monday morning and it was pretty packed.  I’d imagine that you’d have to wait to get in on the weekends.

Dress – Dim sum is really casual, so there’s no need to dress up.

Cost – For 8 dim sum dishes (enough to heartily fill 3 people), we each paid $11.  Definitely a great deal!

If you like, try…Phoenix, Happy Chef

1 Comment Post a comment
  1. The Chinese Eating Partner
    Aug 4 2008

    Dude, I speak Mandarin. They speak Cantonese. Little did you know but we actually had no idea what we were just making donkey noises at each other.


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