Date of Last Visit: Saturday, March 20, 2010
The Victims: QueeLim, Reiko
The Damage: £15 each
The Background: I love dim sum. But I know very little about it. I just know how to point at things that look good. Oh, and I also know that every time I point at char sui buns, I accidentally eat the rice paper on the bottom and (not surprisingly) find the buns dry and disappointing.
At Princess Garden, there are no dim sum trolleys. This makes me sad, because I do like to point at things. (And laugh. Point and laugh. Point and laugh.) So instead, I put myself in QueeLim's hands and let him do the ordering.
So let's start there. Char sui buns. Dense, somewhat flavorless bread, surrounding marinated pork. Princess Gardens' chair sui buns are much better examples than those I've tasted elsewhere. And I didn't eat the rice paper.
I could be wrong, but I believe these were the Shredded Mooli Cakes (radish cakes) and the Shredded Taro Pancakes. (Not sure which is which, however.) I discovered taro–a kinda purplish potato root type of thing–during two weeks in China in 2000 and really really like it. I was ready to order more of these.
I really wanted some noodles, but I was not pleased with these. Too gloopy. And this was our server's recommendation. The crunchy noodles were meant to melt under the meat and the sauce, but at the end, they just tasted like raw noodles.
The Verdict: Dim sum–it's like a surprise every time! But I wasn't over the moon about Princess Garden. That being said, we started off really strong with those mooli cakes and the taro and I would gladly go back for more of those. Maybe they do take-out? Would that be weird if I just showed up and asked for the mooli cakes and taro to go?