Chicago >Food & Dining > Shui Wah Chinese Cuisine
2162 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061641.853629 -87.634078
Neighborhoods: Armour Square, Armour Square (Chinatown), South Side
As Good as it Gets – I've eaten dim sum all over the world: this is as good as anyplace. Do not expect the meat dishes to come right out; they are cooked to order and come piping hot and absolutely delicious. There are no carts - each table is served indiviually as each serving is ready.
Locals favor this snug storefront restaurant in Chinatown for cheap dim sum. – The Scene
Cramped quarters and long lines don't keep the mostly Chinese families away from this bright one-room restaurant off the Market Square. Round and square tables leave only inches of walking space for the harried servers carrying steaming bamboo baskets filled with dumplings, crepes and rolls. Save for a few black-and-white photos of the neighborhood hanging on the wall, decor is minimal with white table linens and black metallic chairs. Conversation levels are boisterous considering this is a breakfast/brunch spot.
No less than 50 affordable dishes--baked, pan fried, deep fried or steamed--make sampling an adventure. Shredded chicken bits accent sugary sticky rice packed in a lotus leaf, while plump shrimp stuffed in a pasta-like roll swim in a shallow pool of soy sauce, adding to the sweet flavor. Cotton-ball sized pork dumplings are hot and paste-like inside. Diced pork married with cilantro takes a tang of barbecue flavoring.
good food on a budget – You don't go to a dim sum place for the ambience. It's all about the food, freshness, and quick service. I'll easily take a pass on the attentive service of a "Petterino" status and stick my fork or chopsticks into the piping hot, fresh, and satisfying chinese "tapas." These awesome dim sum dishes don't sit under a heat lamp or on a cart all day. It's made to order - the way it SHOULD be. I love that dim sum cuts through a lot of the pretentiousness in dining and gets right to the point. You get good food at really good prices. Just make sure you beat the late breakfast/early lunch crowd. I highly recommend that you get there at 10:30. By noon, it's game over.
dchin – I have been visiting Chicago for over 18 years and Dim Sum is the first meal I eat. I have been going to Three Happiness in the past. The place has gone downhill. We tried Shui Wah for the first time and the Dim Sum was first rate. Every dish was hot and tasty. The service was excellent and the place was packed during the week with locals eating there. That a good sign of good Dim Sum. Located in the new strip mall in Chinatown. Parking is available behind the restaurant
We ate there twice during our visit and both times the food was excellent.
Didn't like it – The only reason I went into this restaurant was because all the other restaurants were full and had to wait. my little cousin was really hungry so we went in to try it. As soon as we sat, we ordered wuickly cause of my cousin. The food took too long for the amount of customers they had. It was only half full. When the food finally got here, it was not good. We then asked for a fork and it took them 15 minutes before bringing us one. We didn't even eat all our food and couldn't wait to leave. I don't reccommend this place, but any other place is alot better.
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