Think Dim Sum in Perth and the one of the names that come to mind is Dragon Palace. It’s one of the few restaurants whose name is synonymous with authentic Dim Sum Lunches in Perth.
Situated in Northbridge, ala Chinatown, Dragon Palace Seafood Restaurant (it’s full name), is located within the premises of a two storey building that looked rather promising on first sight. Tables were spread out fairly far apart, unlike say Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and the noise levels for a yum cha dim sum restaurant are kept to a somewhat acceptable volume – you wouldn’t need to shout to get yourself heard - Lin Heung.
Besides an ala carte menu that I have yet to try or look at, the wait staff pushes around a trolley filled with dim sum that comes out piping hot from the kitchen – where you select your dishes from. Trust me – the diners here are competitive. Of course, ,you can wait for them to come around your table but the popular choices might have already been taken up. (On a side note, if you choose to dine at Lin Heung, be prepared to leave your seat and grab the dim sum that you want as the probability that the dim sum trolley leaves its initial spot is close to zero.)
Rather than give an individual account of the individual items on the menu, I’d thought I’ll just give a one off idea of how the food at Dragon Palace is. Would you agree with me when I say that if you’re far away from home a.k.a Singapore, or far away from the reaches of superior dim sum in Hong Kong, anything that is slightly above average can be considered excellent? That, my friends, is exactly how I would define my experience at Dragon Palace.
There were a few hits and misses for their items; Service quality was sub par – a result of their own success – Case in point, our request for a bottle of water for a patron on our table was only fulfilled after 3 or 4 attempts.
That said, would I go back again? Sure thing! It’s above-average comfort Chinese food in a Western land. Who can say NO to that?
The skin of the Xiao Long Bao were far too hard and thick for my liking. My suggestion: Save the calories and stick to Din Tai Fung when you visit Singapore!
Steamed Pork Balls.
(Did not try this.) Steamed Custard Buns.
I continue to lust for those that I had in Hong Kong.
See a review of Tai Cheong Bakery along Lyndhurst St, Central, on a friend’s blog.
Steamed Char Siew Pork Buns
Bite sized Chicken pieces marinated in a spicy Sze-chuan sauce.
Not for the faint hearted – the chefs did not go easy on the Sze Chuan Peppers.
Steamed Pork Dumplings – Siew Mai
Steamed Shrump Dumplings – Har Gow
Steamed Cow’s Stomach (Thanks Daniel)
An accquired taste – I felt that the sauce was exceedingly sweet for my liking.
My suggestion – Skip.
Deep Fried Fish
A good starter to keep those itchy mouths busy while waiting for food to be served or the dim sum cart to come around.
Steamed Rice Rolls
The sauce that Dragon palace used is somewhat different from what I’m used to. My Favourite thus far, Royal China at Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
Deep Fried Spring Rolls
Century Egg Porridge
One word describes the congee here – BLAND.
Deep Fried Yam Balls
Baked Char Siew Rolls.
Steamed Stuffed Rolls
This was really good in my opinion. I liked the mixture of pork and mushrooms.
Dragon Palace Restaurant