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.
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.
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 Shui Mai, a pork and shrimp dumpling with a large piece of Chinese black mushroom (shiitake) on top.
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 – slightly rubbery (really) squid in a satay sauce. These had a hot peanut flavour.
Scallop dumplings – delicious scallops steamed in a translucent pasta. These remind me of the Coco de Mer.
Har Gow – steamed prawns wrapped in a translucent dough. These almost crunchy prawns were excellent with the sticky chilli sauce.
Turnip paste – also known as turnip cakes, these are actually made with daikon, an oriental radish, mixed with pork and prawns.
Turnip/radish cakes are cooked on trolleys with hot griddles,
which adds to the real dim sum experience.
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.
September 4th, 2016. Sadly the Dim Sum palace is now closed.
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!
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 🙂
I haven’t had dim sum for years, looks worth revisiting, some enticing dishes there, thanks!
Dim sum is lovely – I always leave with a satisfied glow 🙂
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… 😉
Por supuesto, y espero que podamos cumplir para una convención bloggers 🙂
Love dim sum but it’s been far too long – handy tip about the other entrance to the restaurant!
You must bring Big Man up to London, when he gets back and we can meet for dim sum. …and of course, I’d love to see you new property empire 🙂
It’s a date!
I am insanely jealous. You chose so well, which is even more annoying. I can nearly smell the deliciousness. Wonderful.
Thanks Roger – I bet you’ve been there a few times 🙂
A feast for CHAMPIONS! And the lady like you lots! One doesn’t like to queue so back door tip most useful…
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone 😉
Craig….I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous! I LOVE DIM SUM!!!! Sniff sniff.
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.
Hooray for dim sum!
Definitely, it’s a brilliant invention 🙂
Great looking dim sum!
Thanks Tessa 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks John – it’s a great social outing 🙂
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
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 😉
It is the best. And every time a waiter arrives with her dish and her stamp, it is right there right now, bam bang.. always piping hot, Sold.. straight from the kitchen.. we must put that on our list for when i visit! I miss dim sum! c
…and it’s so hard to say no!
Oh yeah.. for sure.. they would have to roll me out .. luckily i had very hungry friends!..c
They do roll me out!