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Our first restaurant of the winter season! Both of the Divas were craving Dim Sum so we headed over to one of last year’s favorite Dim Sum spots: Winsor Dim Sum Cafe.
Don’t expect to see the typical carts making the rounds at Winsor, which is great because all dim sum is made to order. This is an advantage over the carts because you can order your favorite treats and the dishes come out freshly made and piping hot! When you arrive at the restaurant you will be seated and given their regular menu, two slips of paper with their dim sum offerings listed (with prices), and a picture menu which will aid you in making your choices. Ignore the regular menu, grab a pen and start ticking off the items you want on the paper. Keep in mind that, like many restaurants in Chinatown, Winsor can get busy and may ask you to share a table with other patrons (but don’t worry, you won’t be expected to share your food!).
Our first dish to arrive was the Steamed Chinese Sausage Bun, recommended by a review. The sausage itself was very tasty but somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of bun surrounding it.
As our name would suggest, dumplings hold a very special place in our hearts. The Steamed Pork and Peanut dumplings were a bit of a disappointment, however. The skin was tasty, but the main ingredient of the filling (while tasty enough) seemed primarily to be neither Pork nor Peanut but celery for the most part which gave the dumpling a less than ideal texture.
The Spicy Salted Squid was another dish recommended in reviews. It was good, but not the best we have had in Chinatown. That honor would go to Cafe Lulu which will be featured next time.
We also ordered the Steamed Beef Rice Noodle, a standard of the dim sum menu. This dish was good but not outstanding.
The BEST dish we had at Winsor (and quite possibly the best thing we have had in Chinatown thus far) was the Pan Fried White Turnip Cake with XO Sauce.
The turnip cake was cubed and stir-fried with bean sprouts and chives. The cake was crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. The XO sauce gives it an umami laced flavor that is partly sweet, a little fishy and very savory. This was our first experience with XO sauce (we had heard of it but never sampled it before).
XO Sauce is an interesting ingredient. It gets its name from cognac (XO = extra old) and is made from cooking dried fish, dried scallops, dried ham, chilies, onions and garlic down for hours until it is quite condensed and powerful. XO Sauce is available on Amazon.com …
Holy perfume prices, Batman!
We know; it is expensive. But the dish itself did not break the bank at $7.50 (although it was the most expensive dish we ordered.) We are ready to come back to Winsor for this dish alone, and we are debating whether to get some XO Sauce and start experimenting.`
Winsor Dim Sum Cafe has been a favorite of ours for some time and the fresh made quality of the dishes can’t be beat.