Among the rows of Vietnamese fronts on Victoria Street, a substantial find is Minh Tan II, mixing the best of Vietnamese and Chinese specialities from breakfast to dinner. Since their start in 1992, the family restaurant has expanded their yum cha forte to perfecting delicacies, including smoked duck and live seafood, to be enjoyed over lunch and dinner. However, Minh Tan family's popularity is most apparent with their original success on weekend mornings with its walk-ins, constantly flooding its entryway.
What makes Minh Tan II so popular among tens of other neighbouring Asian restaurants in North Richmond? While yum cha by cuisine is easily one of the most entertaining ways to get friends and family together, quality of ingredients, variety of dishes, and joy of dining experience really count - this casual restaurant has it all.
Delivered on steaming trolleys, traditional prawn dumplings are not to be missed. It's certainly worth their boast about freshness of their seafood. All the juice is found in the soft seals.
Ask for vegetarian dumplings, too. Green contents are identifiable in semi-transparent steamed skin. You don't need to be vegetarian to gush over these flavourful squishy morsels filled with bamboo shoots, carrots, and many other Asian vegetables.
Do your best not to stuff yourself until you are ready to browse their wide range of deserts. Mango pudding is refreshing, but custard buns, egg tarts, and other toothsome pastries are always served freshly baked.