Golden Lotus – Dim Sum – Orlando
For a city with a relatively thriving Asian population, Orlando is surprisingly lacking in the delicious dim sum department. Sure there are establishments out there that serve dim sum, and some proclaim they do but really don’t (Dim Sum Feast in Pine Hills does not – its a buffet). Of my visits to various Chinese restaurants in our area, I believe that Ming’s Bistro still stands firmly as the best for dim sum, if you don’t mind the weekend crowds.
If you are not in the downtown area, there is one other place in Orlando where I can trust their dim sum to be deemed delightful: Golden Lotus.
Situated in awkward Wal-Mart Plaza on the corner of John Young Blvd and Sand Lake Rd, you might visit it if you are headed to or coming from the Florida Mall just a few street lights away. The place is often sparse on the weekdays but can get quite busy on the weekend. They serve dim sum every day till 4 pm.
Inside, at first glance it may seem to be another stereotypical “Chinese” restaurant, but take a look closer and you will find delicious wonders within.
Although the die hard dim sum fans who love the “authentic” push dim sum carts may be disappointed that Golden Lotus only serves their dim sum the “list” way, I actually love that they use this method rather than the former. The reasons are simple: I hate waiting for a slow moving cart who by the time reaches your table, has either a) ran out of desired dish b) not have the dish at all or finally, c) is stale/cold from sitting there all day.
I’d much rather order on a list and at least assure that my food is hot and fresh and I get what I want.
Anyways, Golden Lotus has some delicious food ….
In case you forget what is what they have a helpful little menu outside with photos and corresponding names:
other delicious items on their menu:
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (or Ha Gow in Cantonese)
( i think its actually rice vermicelli noodles inside…)
Fried Shrimp Dumpling
Fried Shrimp Dumpling (chomped)
Shrimp rice paste (don’t ask me why its called rice paste)
Singapore sweet bun
Sweet Egg custards
Beef Chow Fun Noodles
Dan Dan noodles (it was ok)
Overall, I would highly recommend Golden Lotus for some good, fairly priced authentic Chinese food and would rate it 2nd only to Ming Bistro . Also try the Szcheuan Beef Noodle soup here, a huge steamy bowl of deliciousness.
I'm a big fan of Trey Yuen on the corner of IDrive and Universal. They have the same style of service for dim sum (hot food) and I find the noodle dishes are much better. They have a great space for large parties, my office mates and I would always grab the back table with the lazy susan. The pricing isn't off, so definitely worth a try if you haven't already.
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OK, that does it! this is going on my urbanspoon.com wishlist. the pictures alone have me drooling!