Hubby and I exposed our young children to many cultures and foods from countries around the world. We were intent on having them grow up as well rounded individuals appreciative of all the diversity that surrounds us. I personally can’t stand when someone proclaims disgust or rolls their eyes at another’s food. We were determined to discourage this behaviour by making them aware of different foods from the beginning. It may be different but we always encouraged our kids to try it, if they didn’t like it, they didn’t have to eat it. But, they were expected to be respectful of other cultures. I think we accomplished that mission. Today they are willing to try almost any food from any Country.
Authentic Chinese food is a favourite in our family and both children were handed chopsticks by the age of two. While my son immediately decided, it would be fun to stick them in his nose, mean old mom and dad ended that fun quickly! They quickly caught on to etiquette and today as young adults use chopsticks better then I have observed some adults use a knife and fork. We would bring both very young kids to Chinese restaurants in baby seats. They sat and they watched until they were old enough to participate.
Dim Sum is an amazing family tradition among Chinese and many other nationalities including us. What is Dim Sum? Dim Sum means “drink tea” in Cantonese. In Mandarin, it means “touch the heart.” Dim Sum is a type of breakfast enjoyed on mornings, a leisurely paced meal. Food is prepared in bite sized pieces and is wheeled around on carts by friendly staff who are happy to teach you the names of the food in their language and will let you look at what they have. It is quite a lot of fun and the food is incredibly fresh and tasty. Many people have their regular places where they enjoy dim sum and we are no exception.The following is a review on my favourite place ever. Perfect Chinese in Scarborough Toronto. Open 24 hrs day- 7 days a week!
Reception is usually a very busy place and the first thing that is required is to inform the host or hostess the number of people in your party. You are then given a number. The staff is efficient and courteous and you are seated as soon as they can. Don’t despair if your number seems far away from numbers they are calling. It goes quickly!
Once seated, a teapot is brought to your table, tea is a big part of the dim sum experience. Please don’t ask for coffee! Your waiter will also bring chopsticks and hot sauce if you are so inclined. The hot sauce is usually chili sauce or sriracha. There is an ongoing receipt that is left on your table. At this point the carts come around and you are free to choose whatever you would like to eat. These carts are usually wheeled around by friendly ladies and if you end up becoming a regular like us, they tend to know in advance your favourite dishes and with big smiles they bring them to you. Your orders are then recorded on the receipt on your table which is handy for tallying up your actual bill at the end.
The atmosphere at Perfect Chinese is very family oriented. Families of all different cultures eat here from Great Grandparent to tiny Newborns. Everyone is welcome and everyone has a good time. The restaurant is large and tidy with clean bathrooms as well. Tables and chairs are comfortable and clean and are readily maintained by the staff, as soon as there is an empty dish they quickly clear it for you.
Tea is the beverage of choice at dim sum. There is etiquette with regards to tea, it is customary to pour your companion’s tea before your own. When your teapot is empty, leave the lid ajar and staff will know to pick it up and refill it for you. If tea is really not your thing there is a selection of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for the more north American palate.
There are so many wonderful dishes to try during a dim sum experience. I will highlight a few favourites for you. We really enjoy Har Gow. Har Gow is Cantonese shrimp dumplings that are wrapped in a tender soft pastry or noodle. It is absolute heaven to balance one with your chopsticks in hand and dip it in hot sauce. Yum! We usually order a boatload of Har Gow.
Another family favourite is Char Siu Bao, these are soft and fluffy bbq pork buns. At this restaurant, Char Siu Bao is also available in chicken. The carts carry so many different items: spring rolls, shrimp rolls, steamed greens, tiny beef ribs, even chicken feet if you are brave enough to try!
My personal favourite is Cheong Fun. Cheong Fun is a steamed rice noodle that is stuffed with either shrimp or pork. Soy sauce is poured over your Cheong Fun if you like and then placed on your table. An absolute must try!
There are so many different dishes to try at dim sum, if you feel more comfortable ordering off the menu, you can do that as well. In addition, there are often the most delicious lunch specials that are available for order as well. The dessert carts have a delicious array of desserts that you can scoop up at any time during your meal experience. There is no need to wait until the end!
Perfect Chinese Restaurant has provided us with wonderful eating experiences. The variety of food, the taste of the food, cleanliness, hours and friendly and knowledgeable staff make this a constant go to for our family and friends. Last summer we were headed home from a party at 4 am and were pretty happy to hit up dim sum at Perfect Chinese where they welcomed us with open arms. We weren’t surprised to see other people who had been at the same party there as well! Put this place on your list to try. You won’t regret it.
I would give this visit a 10/10. Looking forward to returning again and again. Well done Perfect Chinese!