Review: Steamy Wonder- Dim Sums at Shang Palace

This Dim Sum lunch is light, flavourful and filling

Shibani Bawa

As dim sums get increasingly popular in the capital, so are dim sum brunches that promise authentic flavours. Shangri-La’s Chinese restaurant of international repute, Shang Palace has three chefs from China at the helm, and the dim sum lunch comes from Chef Ye Hai Jun’s repertoire of Cantonese culinary traditions.

The attractively priced offer includes an unlimited number of 14 types of dim sums, a choice of signature claypots and delicious homemade ice cream in flavours ranging from fresh seasonal fruits to a rich espresso.

After checking on our dietary preferences, we are served the variety of dim sums. Divided into three categories – steamed, baked and fried – the choice is extensive in terms of textures as well as flavours.

Deep Fried Savoury Chicken Dumpling

The crunchy exterior of the Mapo Tofu spring roll gives way to a luscious filling. This version of a vegetarian spring roll is way ahead of its poorer sibling that is most commonly filled with a shredded melange of cabbage, carrot, beans and capsicum. The other vegetarian options are equally delightful, both visually as well as in flavours. While the spicy edamame and pickled mustard leaves dumpling is a deep pink in colour, the steamed pokchoy and shitake mushroom dumpling is encased in a gorgeous green. Although we normally love the varied sauces that accompany dim sums, the flavours of these ingredients shine through so beautifully that we resist masking them with the spicy chilli, refreshing coriander, sweet and sour or the black bean sauce.

Prawn Hargao at Shang Palace

From the non-vegetarian options, the prawn crackling ball is a visual delight, although a tad difficult to manage with a pair of chopsticks. Besides the usual suspects – chicken suimai and prawn hargao – the panfried lamb guo tie and deepfried chicken dumpling are relatively sinful but definitely worth the extra calories. The baked dumpling, the char siu pork bun is a real treat.

Baked Char Siu Pork Bun

Soft to bite, but without the doughy texture of the steamed bun and a wholesome porky center, we suggest you order extras of this one! You can of course repeat any of your favourites during the course of your lunch, but do save some space for the signature claypots. Pick any one per person from Sichuan style mapo tofu, Yunnan stirfried eggplant, sliced lamb in Sichuan chilli broth and claypot chicken, along with your choice of chilli garlic noodles or hot stone pot rice with crispy potatoes.

Skip anything in the middle if you like, but not the homemade ice creams! Go for a scoop of any of the seasonal specials, the mango with dehydrated mango and lavender petals or the banana caramel with sweet banana chips. Although we would recommend you to enjoy the all-you-can-eat dim sums at leisure, this offer works well for a quick lunch as well.

Timings: 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm from Monday to Saturday
Price: Rs 1,500 plus taxes per person
Venue: Shang Palace at Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Images courtesy: Shang Palace


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