Wah Lun Chinese Restaurant – Dim Sum

On a Sunday morning Costco outing in early January, we decided to grab some dim sum beforehand.  The main problem being that Burnaby has a definite lack of choices when it comes to dim sum.

After a bit of a searching online, we decided to try out Wah Lun Chinese Restaurant (next to Pappa Joe’s on Hastings).  I remember eating at the old Dragon Inn that used to inhabit this location years ago (back then, it was called a smörgåsbord instead of a buffet) but we haven’t been back since.

The restaurant was fairly busy when we arrived (which is usually a good sign) but we managed to get a table a without a problem – albeit a folding mj table.  Our first dish was the Stuffed Eggplant with Dace Shrimp Puree.


Next was the Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Salt.  I found that the batter was more on the thicker side but I did enjoy the kick provided by the spices and garlic chips.


The Pan Fried Radish Cake with Chinese Sausage.


Oddly enough, they brought our dessert out midway through our meal – the Fish Shaped Mango Pudding.  Instead of one large fish, there was actually 4 smaller fish swimming on a plate with condensed milk.  The pudding tasted like it was made with the powdered mango some places use for bubble tea but it was still okay.


It doesn’t really feel like dim sum unless you order a dumpling so we chose the Scallop and Shrimp Dumpling.  The skin was on the thick side but it wasn’t tough at all and there was quite a large amount of shrimp filling inside.


The Steamed Pumpkin and Spareribs had the chunks of pumpkin underneath the spareribs and came served in a black bean sauce.


Lastly, the Beef Meat Balls with Bean Curd.


In summary, the dim sum here was pretty good and the prices were reasonable with our whole meal coming out to $29.70 before taxes.  All of the dishes came out hot and fresh (one of the benefits of using order sheets instead of push-carts).

There’s a big parking lot attached to the restaurant (which fills up quickly) and they open from 9:30am to 10:00pm daily.

4524 Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC


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Posted on March 21, 2013, in Breakfast, Brunch, Chinese, Dim Sum, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. hey! nice to meet you! I don’t think it was odd at all to have you “dessert” in the middle of dim sum. At dim sum there is no course order or classification…everything is eaten together, savoury, sweet, whatever. You get what is made first. It’s all the same in the stomach!

    • Most desserts at dim sum are pre-made though… I still run into the occasional Chinese restaurant where they bring the dessert at the end but I suppose most are too busy to worry about it.

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