On Mother’s Day, I took the family to Harbor City Restaurant in Seattle’s ID District. Knowing that it would be crowded, we arrived early around 9:40am to get a table. We were a little surprised that the wait was already 20 minutes when we arrived and even more surprised when the wait turned into over an hour before we were finally seated. The staff apologized promptly for the long wait and, as soon as the first cart arrived in a few minutes, our memories of standing in line quickly faded.
The roast pork buns, both steamed and baked, were moist and stuffed with a flavorful pork filling. The Chinese meatballs, a family favorite, were bold and meaty. The shu mai were plump and chock-full of delicious pork and shrimp. Before I could bat an eye, let alone grab one, the honey walnut prawns were snapped up by my kids. My favorite that day was the stuffed eggplant; the skin of the eggplant was slightly crispy and contrasted well with the moist shrimp stuffing. And, to top off our Mother’s Day meal, we devoured dishes of miniature flaky egg custard tarts and sesame balls. As usual, the dim sum at Harbor City was some of the best in Seattle.
The usual big crowds every Sunday morning at Harbor City are testaments to the quality of their dim sum. Whether the long waits are worth your time is debatable. However, as soon as you take your first bite, your focus shifts to the delectable treats at hand.