Pink Pearl Media Event
ChineseBites, Stephanie Yeun, and Gojoy Berries hosted an event to celebrate 4 decades of dim sum at Pink Pearl. The media event had 50 bloggers and social media influencers attend. Together we went on a culinary journey of Vancouver's signature dim sums at Pink Pearl representing different decades prepared by Dim Sum Chef F.K. Jiang and his team. They're also launching a special 4-month long campaign in support of the Food Bank and Sowers Society.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media event. All food in this review was complimentary.
Pink Pearl is Vancouver's longest running Chinese restaurant. In 2009 they were forced to closed due to a fierce fire. It took them over 2 years to re-open. They are one of the few places that still serve dim sum traditionally on carts.
As a respect to the chef, all the food was eaten hot and enjoyed immediately. There was a separate table where food would go for us to take photos. By the end of the event we were all able to pack up the left overs! I was impressed with how this event was organised as often times we have impressions of food sitting there cold till everything arrives just for a photo op. I'll have to give props to ChineseBites for running this event so that we all enjoy the food as is but still have a chance to take photos and pack things home so nothing goes to waste!
WHAT WE TRIED:
Liver & pork dumplings | 1980s
Duck-web wrap | 1980s
Shrimp toast | 1980s
Pan-fried half-moon dumplings | 1980s
Mini steamed pork bun | 1990s
Lotus wrapped stuffed sticky rice | 1990s
Black & white sweet sesame roll | 1990s
Steamed shrimp dumpling | 2000s
Steamed sticky rice roll | 2000s
Hand-made steamed beef rice rolls | 2010s
Hand-made steamed shrimp rice rolls | 2010s
Wok-fried lotus root & mushrooms | 2010s
Gojoy Gojiberries gelle | 2010s
Before I came here, I thought I've had just about everything on a dim sum menu but Pink Pearl serves more than traditional dim sum that we're use to seeing now. I found it interesting how the bloggers at my table were so excited about the shrimp toast which was a popular dish before I was born. Interestingly enough, I've never heard my parents talk about this dish nor have I ever seen this on any menus! Shrimp toast is a Chinese dim sum made from small triangles of bread, brushed with egg, and coated with minced shrimp and water chestnuts, then cooked by baking or deep frying. This was a pretty popular dish in my table!
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF Pink pearl:
Pink Pearl is a restaurant that's even older than us and offers dim sum served the traditional way with over 40 years of experience. They serve many old dishes rarely found on the Chinese menus. I am happy to be able to discover so many new dishes that tasted great. Again this was a media event so things may have been beefed up to be look and taste better. I can't really comment on the service or value of the food as this was a complimentary media event but it's definitely a place I would bring friends and family who are looking to try something different for dim sum. I'll be back soon as a regular customer soon! If there is anything you love at Pink Pearl and think we should try it next time, feel free to contact us!
Washrooms could be better
Food came out fast
Parking available to customers