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Red Star Seafood Restaurant 鴻星

I’ve had these pictures for quite a while…probably a month or more. For that amount of time, it’s a miracle that Red Star is still operating.

Anyways, this is another dim sum post. As the visit was quite some time ago, I’ve since went again and so there will be pictures from both visits.

Red Star Seafood: blanched geoduck clam and sea cucumber stomach

Both visit we ordered this.  It’s blanched geoduck and sea cucumber stomach (桂花蚌 in Chinese).  Yes, we Chinese do eat some weird stuff…

But it was so good.  The geoduck was fresh and sweet, and crunchy.  The chili soy sauce for dipping added a great flavoring to it also.  The sea cucumber stomach was excellent also.  Crunchy.  This dish is a bargain at $10.95.  My mom loves it.

Red Star Seafood: Steamed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste

Next was another staple in our dim sum outings – Steamed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste.  I love this stuff, so does Mom.  Most places prepare this either this way or steamed with chicken.  The fish maw was great.  Some places are able to soak it enough in preparation so that it’s actually all fluffy.  But most of the time it is gooey.  I like it both ways.

So what is fish maw exactly?  It’s actually the gas bladder (no not that type of gas…) of certain types of fish.  Quite similar to the swim bladder for buoyancy I suppose.

Again, we Chinese eat almost any part of anything.  ALMOST.

Red Star Seafood: Deep-fried Shrimp Dumpling with consomme

The Deep-fried Shrimp Dumpling with consomme is offered at most places but not all.  Mom really likes this.  She was impressed at how light golden the color of the dumpling is, indicating that either they use fresh oil to fry this or a whole different batch of oil.  Certainly not “thousand-used oil”. Do you know what that term means???

Red Star Seafood: Roast Duck with Lai Fun

Red Star has the Roast Duck with Lai Fun on special almost everytime I’m there.  It’s $5.50 and it’s pretty good, although the quality of the duck pieces vary obviously.  The first time we went it was great, very meaty.  The second time, they were kinda skinny.  But the soup base is simple and good, and the lai fun are chewy and just the way they should be.

Red Star Seafood: Almond Glacier Bun

This is the dessert we had the first time we were there.  It was literally translated to Almond Glacier Bun.  It was AMAZINGLY good.  The filling was an almond paste filling, much like the almond tea drink but a bit thicker.  It was wonderful.

Too bad they don’t offer it anymore, as I assume their dessert menu changes every now and then.  That’s really unfortunate.  However I thought I’ll still recommend it in case it comes back in rotation.

Red Star Seafood: Old-Style Baked Fish Stomach

On our other visit, it was with my aunt and uncle from the States.  Mom and aunt saw another table ordering this and they got all excited.

It was the Old-Style Baked Fish Stomach.  They were pretty nostalgic when they saw it.  They had to order it immediately.  Mom claimed it was made exactly the way they do in Hong Kong back in the day.

Red Star Seafood: Old-Style Baked Fish Stomach

However, both of them said that the texture could be smoother.  They thought it was baked too long causing the egg custard part to be a bit coarse in texture.

I tried it, as I’m really up for anything.  They warned me it may be fishy and it was.  That’s why when this came they also brought along a pepper shaker, to take away the fishiness.

I didn’t enjoy it as much but I’m glad they did.  It’s always funny to see “older” people get all giddy about something they had when they were a child.

Red Star Seafood: Purple Rice Ball

In the same visit, the dessert we ordered was the Purple Rice Ball.  It was damn good.  I’m beginning to think they make quite good desserts here.

Red Star Seafood: Purple Rice Ball

What is was, was purple glutinous rice stuffed with coconut pudding.  Very refreshing.

We do find that the dim sum prices here are a bit more than other places, so we don’t come here often.  But nonetheless it’s a great place for dim sum.

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