Dragon Palace Cockburn is the southern suburban outlet of the main restaurant in Northbridge with the same name, located within the Cockburn Gateway shopping centre precinct. I have only been to Cockburn Gateway a couple of times in the last few years and was amazed as how rapidly it has grown since then when I headed to Dragon Palace for yumcha one afternoon. A whole new section of alfresco dining restaurants had popped up including Grill’d, Guzman y Gomez, Lonestar, Nando’s, San Churro, the Coffee Club and Ugolicious. Wow! It was bustling! We knew all about Dragon Palace as my sister’s friend’s office is nearby and she is a frequent visitor to the restaurant. She had told us that it gets really busy for yumcha and true to her word, the restaurant was chockers by the time we arrived. Luckily Dragon Palace is a huge restaurant and could accommodate lots of people. We didn’t have to wait long before getting a table.
I found the restaurant clean and modern, and loved the tall windows that enable the sun to stream through. What a nice feeling! There are a lot of varieties at Dragon Palace and the food were tasty! Here are a few dishes we had… Deep Fried Yam Dumplings / Pork Spare Ribs / Porridge / BBQ Pork Buns / Prawn and Chive Dumplings / Pork Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao / Spinach Dumplings / Radish Roll / Beancurd Roll / BBQ Pork Pastry
The stand out dish for me was the Tingzai Zhou (Sampan porridge), a traditional rice-based dish, unique to Guangzhou and is called the “Boat” porridge as it is served on boats that plied Liwan Lake on the western outskirts of the city. According to a write up by China Daily, “the Litchi Bay in the western suburb of Guangzhou was a popular gathering place for men of letters and refined scholars at dusk in summer. While cruising the river, they were served with Sampan porridge (literally Boat Porridge) prepared on dedicated boats. The owners of the boats delivered bowls upon bowls of Sampan porridge on the shore and to tourist boats on the river. Over the time Sampan Porridge has become the most famous porridge in Xiguan”. A great history to a dish! What I love most are the fried peanuts that are strewed on top of the porridge. This dish is not common in restaurants in Perth so I was very happy to be able to order it here! We also had a few sweet dishes to finish off our meal…the Sesame Balls, Egg Tarts and Osmanthus & Chrysanthemum Jelly. Love them!
I really enjoyed the dimsum at Dragon Palace and can understand why it gets so busy! I found the overall price to be slightly cheaper than the one at Northbridge, could be the suburban factor. I would definitely be back for more dimsum if I’m in the area! If only I live closer! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars