Dim Sum at Aberdeen


After some errands Saturday morning in Westchester,  I decided to hit Aberdeen, the Chinese restaurant in White Plains. It does dim sum every day, but it’s especially popular on weekends.

They are among the very few places in Westchester that do Shanghai soup dumplings. (On this comment here, Foodiemom says Jade Garden is another.) But after having had the most amazing soup dumplings on the planet at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumpling House in Flushing — ( Serious Eats post here.) — I must say these were rather disappointing. Thick and gummy as Play Doh. Too bad.

Here’s the view from our table. The back room of the restaurant is rather bland.

It’s much nicer in the front room:

On to the food. Steamed pork buns.

Also disappointing after having had such amazing ones elsewhere.

Short rib:

This was tasty. Gelatious, yes, but nice flavor. You sort of suck the meat off the bone.

Chicken feet:

You also suck the meat off these. I didn’t try these — once was enough for me, way back when — but my husband liked them.

Beef rice crepe:

This I really liked. Nice and ginger-y. And the crepe was slippery. I enjoyed that.

Chive dumplings:

Nice. Like a light scallion pancake.

The disappointing dumplings:

Too bad. Just for comparison, here are the ones I adored over at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumpling House:

I’m so in love with those dumplings right now.

By the way, if you decide to give the dumplings at Aberdeen another go, you have to order them as “juicy buns.”  That’s the advice of our kind waitress here:

Another look around Aberdeen:

The aquarium tank:

Angry crab:

The 411 on Aberdeen.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Aberdeen has the best dim sum in Westchester. Central Seafood is a distant second. Everyone else (Jade Garden, Hartsdale Garden…etc) are not edible. Skip the “juicy buns”/xiao long bao/XLB/soup dumplings. No dim sum joint has decent ones, anywhere. It’s not a Cantonese dish!!

  2. foodiemom10583 on

    JKN, I beg to differ.

    While not everything at Jade Garden is wonderful, the xiao long bao are consistently good. I’ve had them a dozen times in the past 9 months.

  3. Aww, come on Liz! I love Aberdeen and always recommend when people inquire about good Chinese food. I read your blog everyday and I think this is the first time I don’t agree with you.

  4. Hey Jill — thanks for always reading! Which part do you disagree with? Because I liked the beef in rice crepe, the chive dumpling and the short rib very much. Just the dumpligs were disappointing.

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