Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor
1135 North Lawrenece Expressway (Near Lake Haven Drive)
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor is a popular Cantonese Chinese restaurant in Sunnyvale. It has been located in a strip mall for about three years.
When we went at 1pm on a holiday Monday for Lunch, it was not crowded so we got seated right away. They are very crowded during weekends for dim sum. Here is our dinner review.
Be sure to read our Introduction to Chinese Dim Sum.
Decor, Vibe – A little above the typical Chinese restaurant in decor. Painted fish on the walls, tons of lights in the ceiling. Restaurant was filled with large tables of co-workers and some friends.
Dim Sum Menu
Dim Sum Cart
Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai Pork Dumplings ($3) Four excellent dumplings that we had to order. Hot, very good pork, and tons of soup inside.
Ginger Green Onion Beef Tripe ($3) was a solid dish with tons of tender tripe. A bit on the salty side.
Coconut Jello ($3) Three white wonders with lots of creamy coconut flavor.
Steamed Pork Ribs with Plum Sauce ($2.50) had tons of deliciously flavored meat. Low greasiness level.
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf ($4) Two hot and very good heaps of meat filled goodness. Good flavors and correct level of doneness for the rice.
Deep Fried Meat Dumpling ($2.50) had good flavor but clearly sat in the cart too long. Get it only if you can see it has not sagged like our picture.
Deep Fried Sesame Balls ($3) Three well cooked balls full of dark sesame paste.
Shrimp Rice Noodle ($4) had lots of shrimp but a thin noodle. Shrimp quality was passable but mediocre.
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns ($2.50) Two big ones that had sat too long in the steamer, as their bottoms were soggy. The buns were good nonetheless. Filling was top notch.
Pan Fried Turnip Cake ($3) like the Meat Dumpling, it was cold by the time we got it. Its flavor was good though. Order it, if it is still hot.
Sweet Rice Dumpling with Sesame seeds ($2.50) Three sticky dumplings with coagulated sesame inside that should have been more liquid. Hard and dry rice dough.
Service was better than the typical Chinese restaurant as the place was not full. Tea was refilled promptly. Prices are very reasonable compared to other similiar quality Cantonese Chinese restaurants. This is a solid Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant in the South Bay, but not in the top tier. Unfortunately the best food will be had with early lunches, and when the place is crowded and has a lot of turnover. Top notch spot, Koi Palace, starts fulfilling individual orders rather than dish out product that has sat.
We would still place top notch Chinese Restaurants like Koi Palace in Daly City or Dynasty in Cupertino above Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor.