Gah Lok sells a large selection of frozen dim sum items.
Went here to pick up some dim sum. The selection is like usually. They have shrimp dumplings, pork dumplings, beef dumplings, wontons, sticky rice, buns etc, the usual dim sum fare. The quality is great considering they are frozen. The staff is friendly and I can see them make the dim sum in the back room. The only difference with this visit than the previous visits is that the price has gone up substantially. For example, once the shrimp dumplings (50 per bag) were approx. $12.50/bag are now $16.25/bag and the beef and pork dumplings were once approx $11/bag are now $13.25/bag. The price has gone up considerably. They stated that the price of ingredients has gone up thus they price increase. I believe it is the HST and the high cost of living in the Lower Mainland's fault for the increase in price. I will still order from them, but less as it is getting costly.
My family has been coming here for frozen dim sum for ages. It took a lot of tries with the bamboo steamers, but with a little patience and know how you can nearly replicate a fairly solid dim sum experience in the comfort of your own home.
The storefront is nothing to look at, dim lighting, cramped and run down, but if you focus on the freezers along the walls you'll see a good selection to choose, from the ordinary potstickers, wontons and even sticky rice in lotus leaf, to the siu long baos and pork and chive dumplings, all with a fair amount of filling. Being frozen it does take away from the quality, but just a little, but factor in the price of a big frozen bag, it's great value, and allows you to have dim sum for several meals straight, if you so desired. While I've never had a good look, they make their items in house, which keeps costs down, and ensures better quality,
Good, with no frills, so skip the frozen foods section at T&T and come here instead.
This place was recommended by an acquaintance. I was told Gah Lok was known for their good frozen shrimp wontons. Even the employee (owner?) bragged about it. They were right. That was the best frozen wonton I've ever ate.
What I really go for is their sticky rice wraps. Its usually seating on the counter where the cash register is. I love their country style rice wraps and their peanuts and pork rice wraps
Large variety of dim sum items in the freezer. Go for their large bag, better value. Can't complain about their service. The lady there is bilingual which is a plus.
Not much of an ambiance, since its not a restaurant. But you can see the workers prepping their dumplings in the back.
Found this place digging through old Georgia Straight articles; they had one recommending Gah Lok dumplings, buns, and other treats for entertaining, quick meals, etc. As it's just a few blocks from my house (never noticed it as it's a small unassuming storefront), I headed over to buy a bunch for breakfast and to have on hand. Huge selection of frozen dim sum treats, and ridiculously good prices: I took home 20 vegetarian spring rolls, 20 small sesame buns, 20 shrimp and chive dumplings, 20 shrimp wontons, 6 vegetable buns and 6 green onion buns for $35! That's about 30 cents each...and they were fantastic! The shrimp and chive dumplings might be the best I've ever had.