If you grew up in a small town like myself, the specialties at your local Chinese restaurant might have read something like satay chicken, spring rolls and fried rice. If it was a special occasion you might have ordered shrimp stir-fried with ginger and possibly, if luck was on your side, there would be some deep-fried ice-cream. My local Chinese played to its audience. Honey chicken and fried rice were the hottest orders, and so they were pushed upon all who came.
In Calgary, we have a well-educated history of traditional Asian cuisines. We speak dim sum and pho fairly fluently while maintaining a high proficiency with chopsticks.
Therefore it comes as little surprise that Silver Dragon’s dependably homey dim sums, the Cantonese equivalent of tapas, have been one of the city’s biggest culinary fetishes for almost 50 years. The bustling restaurant located in the heart of Calgary’s Chinatown offers the traditional communal seating with carts circumnavigating the room.
Silver Dragon has standard dim sum offerings such as ha gow (a shrimp=filled dumpling with a translucent wheat starch wrapper) and shumai (an open-topped dumpling filled with pork), as well as some less common options like hatosi, a small piece of toast coated with minced shrimp and deep-fried. For those feeling more adventurous the beef tripe and chicken feet are certainly worth a try.
106 3 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0B6
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Holidays: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM