A feast of Dim Sum at Royal China

Today I’m heading into the land of Sherlock Holmes for some tasty Chinese cuisine. Not sure if Sherlock ever ambled out of 221B Baker Street for a night of Dim Sum – but I expect he would have liked it – I love a Dim Sum extravaganza. Especially the spread offered at Royal China.

Dim Sum is a style of Cantonese food. The Cantonese are apparently renowned for eating almost everything – including offal, chicken’s feet, snakes and snails. Indeed there are chicken’s feet on the menu at Royal China which I happily passed on. The waitress commented on her puzzlement on eating anything’s feet…she had a point.

Dim Sum means ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese. The small portions of little parcels were said to have been designed to do just that rather than satisfy the appetite. Of course you can just order more and keep going until both your heart and appetite are happy, which of course is what we did. Here’s our sumptuous selection.


Luscious Sichuan-Style chicken creations

The Shanghai pork dumplings need to be eaten with a spoon, so you don’t waste any of the delicious broth inside or cause a bit of a fashion disaster with unplanned dribbling.


The juiciest of pork dumplings


Succulent scallops and plenty of herbs


Fish tempura rolls with delightful crunch


Parcels of the plumpest of prawns

The Iberia pork and wind-dried Chinese sausage buns sounded too good resist. They were amazing. Watch out for that chilli sauce, it’s hot, hot, hot.


Delightful buns and dipping sauce

Today’s price point

We paid £28.65 for these six portions of dim sum which was more than enough for two.

There are six branches of Royal China in London. We visited the one at 24-26 Baker Street.

Square Meal

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