This place may not look like much from the outside, but on the inside, you’ll find the best dim sum that, in my experience, anyone could offer. It’s said that the best food is found in small “ma and pa” places and this little gem definitely plays in that theory’s favour.
I’ve been frequenting Sui Sun for ten years. It’s in a daunting and desolate part of Niagara Falls, but between the bus station across the street and the restaurants great reputation, the place does well. I’ll be honest in that I’m a little selfish and tend to avoid telling just anybody about this place because I feel like it’s my little secret to keep and show to select individuals but…here I am, blogging about it. I guess if you read my blog, you deserve to know about Sui Sun. Let it be my gift to you.
In my ten years of frequenting this joint, I’ve always ordered the same food. Anyone I bring here let’s me do the ordering as they feel a little lost with the menu, so I’ve always gone with the shrimp wonton soup (amazing), shrimp hargao (unbelievable), fried dumplings (incredible), and vegetable spring rolls (marvelous). Clearly I can’t say enough good about this place. I would also like to add that the service is quick and the owners are so personable and wonderful.
Now, if you dine here, it’s imperative that you ask for the “magic sauce” and that you put it on ALL the things. Put it in your soup and blacken the broth with it; drizzle it all over your plate. All I know about this “magic sauce” is that it looks like soy sauce (but isn’t), it’s an ancient family secret, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted. It’s slightly salty, sweet and oh so savory.
The shrimp wonton soup (this is it prior to me blackening it with awesome sauce) is how it all begins. The service here is very fast, so this is typically in your face within 5-ish minutes from when you order. The broth has that soul-warming factor you get from a good soup. The soup includes shrimp, bok choy, scallions and of course, shrimp and pork filled wontons. I wish this place was closer to me, because I’d be eating this soup all the time.
Shrimp Har Gao (har gow) - Oh, how you make my heart swell with joy! These translucent pockets of love are dumplings filled with shrimp, minced bamboo shoots and minced water chestnut. The textures are awesome. You get the tenderness and sweetness from the shrimp and bamboo, and a nice crunch from the water chestnuts. This is, hands down, my personal favourite. I always hope that whomever I bring with me ends up not liking them so that I can have them all to myself…but that hasn’t happened yet.
Fried Dumplings – Crispy, flavoursome, and satisfying. These dumplings are filled with pork and spinach. Once drizzled with the ‘magic sauce’ and some Sriracha, there is no competition. These dumplings can’t be beat.
Vegetable Spring Rolls – I’m so used to vegetable spring rolls being small and somewhat flimsy; even soggy. These are the furthest thing from any of the aforementioned. These are a very generous size with a perfect crisp on the outside and delicious shaved vegetables on the inside. You can’t go wrong with these.
Steamed BBQ Bean Bun – This was new to me. I told my friend to pick something out so that I could add something different to the mix for once. She chose the Steamed BBQ Bean Bun and it was surprisingly good! I had seen these before, but they always appeared to be so doughy. And hey, maybe in some restaurants they are. Not here, though. The dough is soft, sweet yet somehow light. The inside offered a nice sweetness as well. I’d get it again, for sure.
The plate building experience here is always a pleasure.
Something seems to be missing…
Aha! Awesome sauce and Sriracha sauce. Now my plate is complete.
If you want chopsticks, you need to ask. I usually eat with them, but the poor man was working all by himself, it was busy, and I needed to put all of this in my mouth so, you know…. Eat now > Wait for chopsticks.
Best dim sum you will find in the Niagara area, guaranteed.
Also, Bean Bun Beast.