Monday, February 7, 2011

Breakfast Like a King at Imperial Wok

Hello! Gong Xi Gong Xi for all of you who celebrate Chinese New Year. I had a blast last weekend, the angpao wasn't much, but the togetherness with fifty-plus family members was priceless. Anyway, angpao is one of Chinese traditions where the married couple give a certain amount of money in red envelope to the kids or single adults as a mean of wishing them a prosperous year ahead. Well, since I'm not married yet, here's my angpao for you Wanderbiters =) And what could be more CNY-ey than  a review of dim-sum resto! Get your chopsticks ready!

Dimsum is the chinese term used for small portion dishes usually served in small bamboo steamer. It goes way back to the old times in Canton where people love to gather and relax while enjoying tea. Thus, people having dimsum is said to have yum-cha (tea tasting). At the beginning drinking tea and eating was not recommended as it was believed it will lead to excessive weight. However, as research found out later that tea actually helped digestion, tea houses started offering snacks. These snacks later become a tradition for the elderly to feast on after morning exercise. This tradition goes on as we see today, dimsum is mostly served from mid-morning until mid-afternoon.

I kicked off my Imperial breakfast with a scrumptious crispy puff with chasiu (red pork) fillings. I always have an interest in mixed-texture dishes just as this one. The layers of crumbles is one appetizing combo with the soft, tender, and sweet pork. Just as I expected.

Up next are the 'musts'. Yep! Gotta have these on dimsum. Chicken feet and hakau (shrimp bonnet). There's a tale from one of my uncles. Years ago when he was a kid, as a family of immigrants, during the tough years, having one portion of chicken is the ultimate treat. His parents used to tell them don't eat the feet, the neck, and the wings, they're dirty part of chicken and meatless. The mom and dad would give the kids the meaty part of chicken, the drumsticks and breasts. He continued to hate this particular part of chicken until one day a friend stuffed him up with one luscious chicken feet then he realized, the feet is the best part of chicken, the meaty part was nothing compared to the fatty gelatinous tender skin! Good thing he found out early enough and didn't get to miss what the chinese like to call 'phoenix talons'. So kids, thank God if your parents give you these feets, it means THEY LOVE YOU! =P

Another musts menus are the siew may (pork dumpling) , and the xiaolongbao (soup dumpling). Xiaolongbao is often considered as the prime showoff of a chef skills. The skin must be thin enough for the tounge, but strong enough so that it won't easily break when pulled off with a chopstick. However, this one was lame. The meat inside wasn't spiced enough, also the soup tasted more salty than savory. It was almost like munching a spoonful of salt. Same thing goes for the siewmay, nothing special. Suprisingly, despite of these turnoffs, I had a turn-on from this particular dish below.

I know what you're thinking. Yes! One breakfast can be such a drama (especially for a king =p) It was the steamed bun with saltyeggyolk fillings that delight me from the very first bite. Quite hard to explain by words, you gotta have to taste it yourself. And when you do let me know what you think. =) 

Now, there's a reason why I had them in this order. Why you asked? So that when the main menus happen to be a failure, I know I can always count on this one. This couldn't go wrong, shouldn't go wrong, and has never went wrong. My favorite closure for every dimsum dining: Fried Mantau! One thick feathery-textured hot mantau dipped in sweet condensed milk. YUM!

Well, they might not be the best dimsum I tasted, but breakfast like this surely made me happy and feel special (as a king). One happy belly once again made one happy food photos and one happy review. After this my favorite dimsum ranking is still unchanging with Taipan restaurant on the top and Eastern coming second just because of its all-you-can-eat dimsum =p. Let me know what your favorite place for yumcha!


Fellexandro Ruby
Food Blogger & Photographer

Imperial Wok 
Rukan Gold Coast, Block A 11-23
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  1. hohoho klo gw ngedimsum di imperial chef ..
    char siu pau sama hakkau nya hmm... ajib ^^
    sory pake indo males pake ingris hauahua

  2. @ferdian: santayy sobb, indo ato inggris ga masalah, hehe, imperial chef boleh dicoba tuh, kalo ada sumur di ladang, boleh lah kita kuliner bareng. =D

  3. next time boleh kasih liputannya yang di cuisine rub itu mantap juga wahahhahaha
    tapi menurut gua seh yang paling top
    sun city rub untuk jakarta hahahaha

    ps: kalo gue mank gak bisa bahasa inggris rub wahahaha

  4. @Martin: cuisine yang di PJ yah? g sempet coba sekali tuh, om g doyan bgt! next time deh g foto". tapi enough chinese food u/ bulan ini *korban imlek*


  5. Your photos make my mouth water for dim sum and I can't wait to get back to Bangkok to have some of my favorites again. Thanks for this!

  6. muantep! waw dim sum di indo jelas gak kalah sama hong kong neh hehehe

  7. Eating Bangkok: Steve! Good to have you again. When you do, share your dimsum favorites w/ us mate.

    Mochacocolata Rita: Walah ternyata endonesenn =D. Terima kasih sudah mampir. Hehehe. Iya, tp tetep pgn ngerasain di daratan cina, kayanya lbh orisinil.


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