Gourmet Inspirations: Dim Sum in Wheaton, MD

Alright Nomsters, I’m on a mission to find the best dim sum in the DMV area so I hope you’re as excited as I am.  I’ve heard amazing things about Gourmet Inspirations so suffice it so say, I had high expectations walking into their restaurant.

chinese broccoli

Here are few things that I liked right off the bat.  There’s a fairly large parking lot nearby – it’s located next to Ledo Pizza, and you have to pay to park, but it’s cheap and convenient.  They do dim sum EVERY day until 3, not just on weekends.  And their restaurant’s spacious so there’s a ton of seating.  I’m sure there’s a wait on weekends, but you’re fine if you go during the week!

fried bean curd

I got their shiu mai with crab roe, fried sesame seed dumpling, pan fried turnip cake, stuffed bean curd, baked pineapple bun, baked BBQ pork bun, chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, and chive dumplings.

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The food was pretty good, but I wasn’t blown away! There were a few standouts though.  The pineapple buns were ridiculous.  I was worried they’d be too sugary, but they reminded me of soboro bbang (aka korean dessert bread with streusel).  The filling was a subtle kind of sweet, and it had the consistency of jelly. I know that doesn’t sound especially tasty, but I promise it’s worth trying.

The turnip cakes were also really delicious!  I recommend eating them with the hot chili sauce they give you.  The chinese broccoli was good as well, but that was standard.  I liked that they served it with oyster sauce on the side though.  I hate when my veggies are drenched in sauce!

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turnip cakepineapple buns

That leaves their shiu mai, fried sesame seed dumpling, stuffed bean curd, pork bun and chive dumplings.  My biggest complaint in general was flavor.  All of these dishes, with the exception of the pork bun, were bland.  The shiu mai was small compared to other places, and the fried tofu desperately needed salt.  Even when drenched in chili sauce, it tasted quite flavorless.  The sesame seed dumpling was too greasy, and the pork had an odd smell to it that I wasn’t a fan of.  And again, it was small in terms of size.  The chive dumplings were the best out of the bunch, but they needed more flavor.

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chive dumplings sesame seed ballsshu mai baked pork buns

So, would I go back?  Although they didn’t hit it out of the park, I’d give them another shot.  I want to try some of the other dishes I haven’t had yet, but I’m definitely going to go during the weekend when they make the rounds with carts.  During the weekdays, you order at your table so maybe the food wasn’t as fresh?  Who knows.  I’m curious to hear what you guys think.  Have you tried Gourmet Inspirations?  If yes, let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below.

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