Victory Seafood Restaurant is located on the 2nd level of Crystal Mall close to the food court. They serve dim sum into the late afternoon.
What I love about dim sum is that the dishes can range from very tame like shrimp dumplings to chicken feet and braised stomach.
I came here with ChineseBites to try 37 items off their menu to see what they offer. I’ve been to Crystal Mall a lot but I’ve never stopped here before.
They have a private room available if you are in huge groups.
They have all the classic dim sum items. Of course we had too many items, but if you wonder how many dishes to order, the rule of thumb is 2-3 dishes per person.
Steamed Rice Rolls
Plain rice roll was too plain for me after eating all the other steamed rice roll dishes. So, grab some soy sauce and XO sauce.
Steamed rice roll with Chinese donut and pork floss is another classic item. Paired with soy sauce and then sesame sauce and hoisin sauce on the side. Another classic dim sum dish.
Steamed rice roll with deep fried fish paste is another item similar to above, but it has the different filling inside.
Steamed rice rolls with mushrooms is a great item too. You can’t go wrong with any of these steamed rice roll dishes.
Steamed Shrimp rice roll another good one is the shrimp version. As a shrimp lover, I always try to get this dish at dim sum.
Steamed rice roll with beef, needle mushrooms, and parsley. Another good items and I like the added texture from the other ingredients.
Steamed Red Rice Roll with Shrimp looks pretty crazy. The red rice roll really tasted like nothing. The shrimp inside is deep-fried was similar to the other shrimp dishes.
Steamed baskets galore
One of the essential items of dim sum is seeing the steamed bamboo baskets overflowing the table. We had so many that they had to be stacked on top of each other.
Steamed pork ribs with black beans, taro and garlic.
Steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce was ok, but I don’t normally order this item if I’m with M since he’s so squeamish about seating odd parts of animals.
Steamed Pork Buns or Xiao Long Bao were mediocre. It wasn’t very juicy inside and the skin was a bit thick.
Steamed Pork Buns come in 3 pieces in a basket and easily split among more people.
Steamed beef tendon and tripe in Chu Hau sauce is another dish that isn’t for everyone. To me, tendon is more like jelly.
Steamed Shrimp, Mushroom, & Mixed Vegetable Dumpling comes with 3 pieces to a basket. I like the mix of veggies in this.
Steamed sticky rice bun was really filling. I didn’t like it.
Steamed Bean Curd Wraps with Mushroom in Abalone Sauce is pretty good. Can’t go wrong with it.
Siu Mai or steamed pork and shrimp dumplings is an item that you need to order. Most tables will order this. The shrimp and meat mixture is wrapped in a wheat flour wrapper than then topped with tobiko.
Steamed Sticky Rice or lo mai gai has 3 pieces with the stick rice inside with a savoury filling.
Meatball are served over tofu skin. It is paired with a Worcestershire sauce. These ones tasted ok, but the colour looked a bit off.
Steamed pork stomach and preserved vegetables in black bean sauce. Not a dish for everyone. The taste I thought was surprisingly good and tender.
Other Dim Sum items
BBQ Pork Pastry comes with 3 pieces to an order. The exterior is somewhat crisp and butter with the pork filling inside.
Baked Pineapple Buns with BBQ Pork is an amazing invention. The best of both worlds.
Deep fried shrimp spring rolls was pretty good. It comes out crispy, but if you leave it too long it goes a bit limp. When going to dim sum, I love all the shrimp items.
Deep Fried Shrimp gyoza was kinda similar to the deep fried spring roll, but in a wonton wrapper.
Panfried Chinese pancake with leeks was ok, but i didn’t really take a liking to it.
Deep fried glutinous rice dumpling with pork and dried shrimp in the centre.
Pan Fried Radish & Taro Cake was pretty plain on its own. You can ask for soy sauce or their XO sauce to use with it.
Smoked Salmon with fruit salad tart with mayo was pretty bad. I always found this flvour combination pretty weird. Some restaurants have pulled it off pretty well, but Victory Seafood doesn’t make it tasty. Best to avoid this dish.
Taro Dumplings also know as wu gok has a crispy and wispy exterior of deep fried taro and inside is a savoury pork filling. Definitely a favourite item when eating dim sum.
Deep fried lotus root cakes wasn’t very exiting.
Pan Fried Shanghai Dumplings were ok, but a bit dry.
Rice with chicken and black fungus was good but the rice was pretty dry. I would just eat the items on top.
Rice with Spare Ribs and Chicken Feet gave me a similar feeling with the dish above. The rice was dry.
Mixed Meat and Shrimp Dumplings in Cordyceps Flower Broth was pretty good.
Essential Egg Tarts
Egg Tarts is a good way to finish the meal. Flakey exterior and sweet egg mixture in the middle.
I always have to make sure I have a can of coke to drink to wash down some of the grease for some dishes.
With all the dishes we tried, there’s only a handful of dishes I would order. The quality is ok, but there are so many other options close by.
We rate Victory Seafood Restaurant:
Address: Crystal Mall, 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC