I have eaten dim sum at the No. 1 rated and very famous restaurant in New York City's Chinatown, as well as several hole in the wall restaurants and stalls in China.
I believe chef and owner Mr. Jin, of Jin’s Garden, makes a dim sum that is could hold a candle to them both.
Originally a Cantonese custom served in roadside tea houses, dim sum consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed and fried. The outer casing is usually made with rice flour or a wheat starch that gives it its stretchiness and translucency.
Chef Jin executes a perfect steamed dumpling encasing tender morsels of succulent lobster, scallops and shrimp that is absolutely outstanding. The soft and silky purses hold the decent sized pieces of delicacies from the sea in a very light and natural seafood broth.
When not properly cooked, dim sum can be gummy or gluey or sometimes tough to bite through, this is not the case at Jin’s. A ponzu or soy sauce with green onion and sesame seeds are perfect for dunking these billowy delights.
Whole Crispy Fried Fish is another awesome eat Jin’s Garden is becoming known for. The fresh fish (croaker) has a crispy outside coating that seals in the white flaky moist fish.
Fish prepared in its whole form always seems to taste better and it makes for a beautiful presentation as well. It is served with an orange sauce on the side that added a little bit of sweetness to the dish.
This restaurant actually takes pride in taking crunchiness to the extreme with a very popular dish called Kung Po Chicken. Packing a punch and keeping it crisp is his secret, Jin says and it starts with the frying of the chicken pieces that are soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside combined with the broccoli stem being used instead of the flowers that soften under the heat of the wok.
Red chili peppers add just the right amount of heat to the dish and the shelled peanuts add more crunch. Probably one of the most ordered dishes in a Chinese restaurant this dish from Jin has a different twist, more modern or updated.
Jin has been a chef for over 20 years working in some of the most famous restaurants in New York City. He brings authentic taste from the Far East and exceptional fine dining at a reasonable cost at his newly opened restaurant. When you visit Jin’s for some dim sum be sure to tell him you read about it in Fredericksburg Patch.
Jin’s Garden Chinese Restaurant is located at 263 Garrisonville Rd., #101 in Stafford, Virginia.