It’s now been a short 2 months in Shanghai and our food knowledge is slowly but surely growing. In all honestly we havent really been that overwhelmed with the western food on offer. Given that the prices are at par with the west, I’m almost better off saving my pennies and flying back home or to Europe for a proper feed.
However we’ve been pleasantly pleased about the quality of the Canto and Japanese food here. Cantonese food is simply comfort food for me. Which is slightly bizarre, as I have havent exactly grown up in a Canto household.
Following a grocery haul at M&S on Nanjing Road (puff pastry anyone?), we stumbled across dimdim sum. Yes, the very same branch of the famed HK institution. A few weeks later, we were back and ready to find out whether it indeed matched up to our HK expectations.
The restaurant itself is on the 2nd level and is actually deceivingly huge, which does mean a small wait for food. Getting a table at peak hour (6pm in China) on a Saturday night proved no issue at all. The place was busy throughout the night but there was constant turnover of tables which meant those waiting weren’t left hungry for long.
First up the famed pineapple buns. These were good, though slightly different from the HK version. Slightly smaller buns were brought out with a deliciously crispy top and deliciously hot pineapple inner. There were perhaps not as many pineapple chunks, but still really good.
The crispy prawn cheong fun was to die for. Perfectly silken rice noodle enveloped a crisp layer and prawn layer. Dipped in sweet soy sauce, it was perhaps even better than I remember the HK version to be.
Chiu chow dumplings were much, much better than the HK version. A great mixture of pork, dried prawn and peanuts encased in a thick but not too thick skin.
Stir fried XO radish cake was really delicious. The radish cake was not too soggy nor too firm and the XO sauce was really tasty.
Staples like phonix claws (chicken feet in black bean), steamed beancurd pork wrap, har gow and siew mai were good, not outstanding. Portions were very generous.
One thing I did notice is that relative to HK, the menu variety is huge. It literally has any dim sum dish you would want, including a supplementary menu for congee. Price wise, it probably is slightly more expensive than the HK outpost, though portions are noticeably larger. However relative to other dimsum in Shanghai, prices are very competitive and much better value given the size of the dishes.
Given how close we live to this outpost, I can quickly see this place being our fall back anytime we have a craving for cantonese food.
RMB 210 for 3 including drinks (and ordering food excessively)
Dim Dim Sum
2F 889 Nanjing West Rd, Shanghai