To me Dim Sum isn’t just a “Chinese Style Brunch”. It’s a culture, a lifestyle and literally a part of me. Having grown up eating the stuff my standards are pretty high. I like to call it being a Dim Sum Hipster or, to be honest, a Dim Sum Wanker. （笑）
So today’s broadcast has been brought you by the friendly people at the Imperial Court. My family and the owner go way back and i’ve known her since i was a baby. We’ve followed her from restaurant to restaurant for about 20 years! If you want some tasty dim sum this place is pretty good.
First up we have, Claypot congee:
For those who don’t know what congee is, it’s a Savoury rice porridge. Homely Chinese comfort food. This one included salted egg, century egg and salted pork. Premo winter grub.
Steamed radish cake:
Now the idea of a radish cake may sound pretty yuck, but if you want some traditional Chinese fair this is as Chinese as it gets. The Chinese sausage in the cake really enhanced and complemented the flavour of the radish.
Next up Dumplings…
Prawn with snow pea shoots:
There are two things (i think) to look out for in a good dumpling:
1. The skin
2. The consistency of the prawn mixture.
The main highlights of these dumplings were the slight chewiness in the skin and the massive chunks of prawn in the mixture. All in all a pretty solid dumpling.
BBQ pork buns:
The standard in most Dim Sum places. These are pretty solid. Nothing to special but still pretty delicious.
Chinese donut wrapped in flat rice flour noodles.
The Chinese donut is usually a savoury breakfast item. In this incarnation its wrapped in noodles and served with soy. This dish is very textural with the crunchy of the donut and the softness of the noodle. I just wish the donut was a little more chewy and less crunchy. It would of been perfect.
Black pepper beef ribs:
Black pepper + Braised beef ribs = Sick combo
Sick combo = Pretty damn yummy
Now for the highlights,
Shanghai dumplings in soup:
Traditionally the Shanghai dumplings are served by themselves with vinegar. The addition of the light, pallet cleansing soup makes an already delicious dumpling into something pretty special and contemporary.
Salted egg yolk custard buns:
Food porn shot:
Steamed buns with salty-sweet molten egg yolk custard. All i can say: YEAH BUDDY!
All in all Imperial Court is a pretty solid place for dim sum. however it is on the expensive side for Dim Sum places. It has a massive selection of food and some pretty quirky contemporary items as well. BUT, I don’t recommend it for first time Dim Sum goers. Mainly because the owner is pretty old school in the way she deals with things. Once you get to know her she’s a pretty cool lady though.
To those looking for Quest for Ramen posts: I’m really sorry but i promise the next one will be about ramen!
Address: South Perth 125 Melvile Parade, Como, Perth WA 6152