Dim Sum Palace

dim sum palace

dim sum palace

February 4th, 2013

My friend Oli has been visiting from Spain, so once again we went out for Dim Sum. Dim sum originates from the Canton region of China and is normally served at lunchtime. For a change we went to the Dim Sum Palace, instead of the usual New World. Back in the 80′s we visited both establishments on a regular basis, but somehow, over the last 25 years we seem to have forgotten the Dim Sum Palace. So, for the sake of food blogging, we went back in time and were pleasantly surprised.

dim sum girl

dim sum girl

The Dim Sum Palace has two entrances, one on Wardour Street and the other tucked away in Rupert Street. I vaguely remembered that one could jump the Saturday queue by going in the back door (Rupert Street) and  sure enough, we got a table almost straight away. Another plus is that fact that like New World, Dim Sum Palace has girls walking round with authentic, heated, dim sum trolleys – something that picture menus just can’t provide. A helpful girl showing you what the little steam baskets contain, with extra description, is the dog’s bollocks! We really lucked out and got the most charming and helpful waitress in China Town ever – she volunteered to go off and get us extra things several times.

fish balls

fish balls

We started off with fish balls - usually lightly fried and then steamed, these went very well with the sticky chilli sauce that was present on all tables. They are probably made with fish paste, green onions, soy sauce and corn starch.

mushroom shiu mai

mushroom shiu mai

Mushroom Shui Mai, a pork and shrimp dumpling with a large piece of Chinese black mushroom (shiitake) on top.

steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce

steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce

Chicken feet or Phoenix claws - fried, boiled, marinated in a spicy black bean sauce and then steamed – these were excellent and one of my big favourites – we ate 3 portions!

satay squid

satay squid

Satay squid – slightly rubbery (really) squid in a satay sauce. These had a hot peanut flavour.

scallop dumplings

scallop dumplings

Scallop dumplings – delicious scallops steamed in a translucent pasta. These remind me of the Coco de Mer.

har gow

har gow

Har Gow - steamed prawns wrapped in a translucent dough. These almost crunchy prawns were excellent with the sticky chilli sauce.

turnip paste

turnip paste

Turnip paste - also known as turnip cakes, these are actually made with daikon, an oriental radish, mixed with pork and prawns.

turnip paste chef

turnip paste chef

Turnip/radish cakes are cooked on trolleys with hot griddles,

cooking turnip cakes

cooking turnip cakes

which adds to the real dim sum experience.

shui mai

shui mai

We finished with regular Shui Mai - pork and shrimp dumplings with shiitake mushrooms, onion and ginger. These are normally served as a four, but one had disappeared before I’d even taken the lens cap off the camera!

We drank Tsingtao beer with our dim sum and two pots of Jasmine tea (which comes with the table).

I’d have to say that currently Dim Sum Palace is serving slightly better dim sum than New World. I’d go back again just for the fantastic service. New World, however, wins on décor.

Dim Sum Palace is at: 17 Wardour Street W1D 6PJ

Dim sum served all day 11am – midnight.

Feeling suitably restored, I set out on my bicycle for Golders Green and a roast chicken supper.

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28 Responses to Dim Sum Palace

  1. It’s so important to have someone explain the dishes to you, I was lucky, my girlfriend is my go-to source and companion when going for Dim Sum. And Tsing Tao is absolutely one of my favorite beers!

    • Mad Dog says:

      I completely agree – trying to pick dim sum from a picture menu is very hard and you don’t get the social interaction. Being show what the food is and told what it contains is very helpful and fun :-)

  2. I haven’t had dim sum for years, looks worth revisiting, some enticing dishes there, thanks!

  3. If I ever go back to London someday, I’ll let you know so you can send me a list with all these amazing places… ;)

  4. Love dim sum but it’s been far too long – handy tip about the other entrance to the restaurant!

  5. I am insanely jealous. You chose so well, which is even more annoying. I can nearly smell the deliciousness. Wonderful.

  6. A feast for CHAMPIONS! And the lady like you lots! One doesn’t like to queue so back door tip most useful…

  7. expatchef says:

    Craig….I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous! I LOVE DIM SUM!!!! Sniff sniff.

    • Mad Dog says:

      Oh no – I wish I could send out foodie things by email ;-)
      One day I think it might be possible – there’s a lot of work and research going into printing food – it could be just like the replicator in Star Trek.

  8. Michelle says:

    Hooray for dim sum!

  9. Tessa says:

    Great looking dim sum!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed Dim Sum and this post, MD, has me thinking of ways to end this self-imposed fast. I need to gather a few friends and head to Chinatown. Thanks for the much-needed kick in the … er … inspiration. :)

  11. cecilia says:

    We used to have dim sum for saturday lunch in NZ, we did this for ages and only went to the restaurant that all the chinese people went to.. and it was SO GOOD, but barb is right you need a guide, i was very lucky to have one! c

    • Mad Dog says:

      Definitely – Oli took me for Dim Sum the very first time and we had a pact never to order rice or vegetables! But, that’s also why, along side the fact that the trolleys and setting are like a filmic China, the girls showing you what the food is, with a description, is so good. Those cards with pictures of an out of focus, dark brown, shui mai, say nothing ;-)

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