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“Best Dim Sum in Portland”
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Hai Du Seafood Restaurant
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

It's my opinion that you can't get better dim sum in Portland than here. We can feed 3 people with more food than we can eat for $10 each which includes Chinese broccoli, egg tarts, ginger chicken, pot stickers, spring rolls, fried tofu, parsnips, soup and tea. There is no cart which is nice because you order from a card and the dishes are brought to your table as they come out of the kitchen. Most items are so hot you can't eat them right away.

Thank Jeanette H
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

We took advantage of Hai Du's much Yelped about $1.95 made-to-order Dim Sum from Monday thru Friday. Although, their dim sum menu is vast, we find it was difficult to call to call more than two (2) of the items our favorites this Friday night.

As other dining patron said, "Everything's pretty good, but something's just a little bit off in taste and it's in just about every dish."

The "bads" first: The Bean Curd Rolls are supposed to be savory and a little bit sweet, but at Hai Du, they were sour; from my experience, this happens when the ingredients are old. The Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow) were not really plump and didn't taste like shrimp. The Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf and Steamed Pork Buns were unbelievably salty. The Chive Dumplings fell apart easily and the dumpling wrapper wasn't smooth or silky but grainy and thick. The Congee was watery and was missing slivered ginger. The Egg Tarts were dried out and needed more egg custard filling. The Tripe tasted watery and dull. The Turnip Cake tasted a little sour, but not as sour as the Bean Curd Rolls. The Sui Mai were hard, not tender, not fresh and absolutely not visually appealing; worse tasting and looking than the stuff in the Asian markets' frozen aisle.

The "goods" second: The Sugar Cane Shrimp Balls were perfection and accompanied with Americanized Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce. The Sliced Fried Tofu with Shrimp was delicious. From tonight's experience at Hai Du, it appears that their food strengths are in fried foods.

The service at Hai Du should not be overlooked. There were two large parties in the first dining room and even though each party had more than 10 people each, we received AMAZING service from Hai Du's staff. They went the distance to fill out waters (maybe because they knew a lot of the dishes were salty) and checked on how our dinner was went throughout the evening. They anticipated our needs, and we never had to ask for extra napkins.

We maybe back for dinner off their main menu. Perhaps their dinner entrees are created by a different chef and executed better than their dim sum options.

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Thank Brunswick1977
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