Celebrating 10th anniversary in business, Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant is rewarding food lovers a dim sum extravaganza.
Open for a decade with the dim sum service from 9 am – 3 pm every day, Western Lake is consistently ranked as the most popular Chinese dim sum restaurant in Vancouver on Yelp and Zomato. With most of the ingredients locally sourced, Western Lake’s authentic dim sum dishes are freshly made in-house.
Meet the Chef
Leon Leung has over 30 years of experience in dim sum making. Started his apprenticeship in Guangzhou, Chef Leung moved to Vancouver and studied the craft of dim sum under Chef Kwan, a dim sum master who owns a wealth of experience from prestigious restaurants in Hong Kong. Now as the Master Dim Sum Chef at Western Lake, Chef Leung has utilised food ingredients creatively to create and reinvent numerous dishes that are praised by diners, and he continues to fine-tune the craftsmanship. Chef Leung is also one of the significant members of Canadian Dim Sum Chefs Association.
What is Dim Sum?
Dim sum is also called yum cha, which means “drink tea” in Cantonese, or dian xin in Mandarin (the direct translation: “touch the heart”).
“The meal is sort of like tapas: a savoury and sweet variety of bite-sized dishes, all served on small plates designed to encourage sampling and sharing,” said Candy Mah , owner of Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant.
“Dim sum can be cooked by steaming and frying, among other methods. The serving sizes are three or four pieces in one dish. It is customary to order family style, sharing dishes among all members of the dining party.”