Food, food……and more food! For a bit of an explanation of what Dim sum means and its history, please look at the following two paragraphs.
Dim sum is the name for a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes served alongside chinese tea. It is usually served in the mornings until noon time at Chinese restaurants. Dishes come in small portions and may include meat, seafood and vegetables, as well as desserts and fruits. The items are usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. (adapted from Wikipedia) and are shared in the centre table. The food are wheeled in trolleys as service staff stop at each table to introduce the food and try to entice patrons to order them.
For a bit of history on how dimsum started: Travellers on the ancient Silk Road needed a place to take a nap, so teahouses were established along the roadside. Rural farmers, exhausted after working hard in the fields, would also go to teahouses for a relaxing afternoon of tea. At first, it was considered inappropriate to combine tea with food, because people believed it would lead to excessive weight gain. People later discovered that tea can aid in digestion, so teahouse owners began adding various snacks and the tradition of dim sum evolved (adapted from Wikipedia).
My current favourite place for Dim Sum is the Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant. It just opened this year and attracted a huge crowd (sometimes there’s a 1/2 hour wait before seats are available especially between 12-1pm Sat/Sun). I think the reason why it’s a huge favourite is due to its GRAND and modern decor, the yummy and great variety of food, the cleanliness and the huge space (We didn’t have to squeeze next to unknowns and shout over each other to talk as you do in other dimsum teahouses). My record of eating dimsum there is 5 weekends in a row.
The service was not too bad, although it might be a bit hard to converse with the staff if you do not speak Chinese. However, most of them understand what you want if you do request for something in English (otherwise, you can resort to pointing which is quite effective).
The variety of food at Dragon Palace is amazing and of course with Dim Sum, the more people you go with, the more food you can order. The one dish I always order when I go is the Baked Custard & Salted Egg Bun. This dish can only be found in this restaurant and they get sold out pretty quickly. Order it while it’s still hot and fresh and you’ll find the filling oozing out from the bun..yum!
Price ranges from $18 – $25 per head. If having the dimsums are not filling enough, there is also a choice to order noodles or fried rice. We did not do it this time as there were too much food. In conclusion, I will definitely recommend this to anyone!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant
Telephone: (08) 9228 2888
Address: 66 Francis Street, Northbridge
Note: Check out their number…the number of ‘8’s must be pre-planned!