For the longest time, I had been wanting to try Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet, ever since I read about it on facebook. It’s a good thing I have someone who’s equally also a foodie like me 😛
Little did I know that the unlimited dim sum also comes with endless servings of soup, appetizer, rice, noodles, congee, vegetarian dishes, dessert & a choice of one main course! Can you say SULIT? 😛 It’s a good thing I went with an empty stomach!
For starters, we were given this seemingly simple bowl of tofu, which turned out to be absolutely delicious! It was fried in a sweet sauce, yet the tofu remained al dente. I had to stop myself from eating too much of it lest I become full right away!
I was overwhelmed to see so much variety in the menu! I, then, realized that it’s better to go there as a group so you could try everything, without having left-overs.
For my first dim sum, I had the Deep-fried taro puff with diced scallop. My God this was sooo good! Believe it or not, it was my first time to try this, & Shang Palace definitely hit a homerun! Perfectly crisp outside with a soft taro filling & a generous portion of diced scallop that was big in size. I think among all the dim sums we had, THIS was THE BEST.
One of my absolute favorite dishes in Chinese cuisine is Hot Prawn Salad. This dim sum was like a hot prawn salad in lumpia wrapper. J’adore! ❤
I only got to try the Hakaw, and I must say, that was probably the best Hakaw I’ve ever tasted! The crystal skin, in itself, was very good. It was silky, and you could easily tell that it was freshly made. On the other hand, the shrimp was also fresh. It was big & plump! It was truly a treat for shrimp-lovers like me! 😛
I noticed that a lot of people fancy eating this. I don’t know if it’s because they truly appreciate the intricacy of this dim sum or they simply hopped on the Xiao Lung Pao (called Xiao Long Bao in other establishments) bandwagon. I’m not one of those, but for the sake of comparison, I ordered this anyway. I didn’t like this so much… I thought the soup unfortunately tasted malansa 😦
I was already full by the time I had this, but curious to see and taste what was inside the lotus leaf made me force myself to eat and finish this because it was THAT GOOD! I have an affection towards glutinous rice, and this one was delicious.
I loved the steamed rice roll! It was smooth, silky and also freshly made. You could see how siksik the rice roll was with the diced honey glazed pork bulging already. The only downside to this was the sloppy presentation.
Excuse the haziness in this photo, but it was because of the steam. This was good. It had just the right of spiciness, which I liked.
My friend, Haebina, and I tried to come up with a plan on how to eat as much as we could without easily getting full. So with that, we skipped the appetizer, soup and congee.
Ordering this was a no-brainer for me, since this is my favorite Chinese entree. I enjoyed this main very much because the prawns were ginormous! It was also fresh, and unlike other Chinese restaurants, there was not a lot of dressing, which made the prawns the focal point of the dish. After eating all 3 prawns, I happily affirmed that Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was so worth it!
For Haebina’s main, she ordered Sweet and Sour Pork with Walnut. The dish was so-so.. The pork was not that tender. I think Wee Nam Kee‘s version is better. I liked the candied walnuts very much though!
This is what Haebina ordered, and it was just alright. For a restaurant of their caliber, it’s a shame that hole-in-the-wall, Hong Kong Roast Express‘ Yang Chow Fried Rice tastes a lot better!
Our waiter said this was better than their Yang Chow Fried Rice, but unfortunately, he was wrong. I thought this was less likable.
Sad to say, but this was dry and very bland. I immediately put it aside after having a forkful. Don’t bother ordering this, lest you want to have leftovers.
I had to think twice if the mango puree was artifical or not because of its vibrant canary yellow color. I like my chilled mango puree on the milky side, so if you’re like me, you might find this a little more acidic than usual. Nonetheless, I think the acidity and the milkiness was well-balanced. Did I make sense? 😛
Here’s a quick peek of me & my friend, Haebina, for my post-birthday celebration 🙂
If I was to die that day, Jesus would probably drag me to hell for eating so much Kidding aside, you can bet we left Shang Palace with what was previously an empty stomach, a heavy tummy. With the ridiculous tax prices and service charge fee, we ended up shelling out 1K each. Nonetheless, Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Buffet was sooo worth every penny! I can’t wait to go back and pig out again!
Overall, I give Shang Palace’ Dim Sum Plus 5 spoons 🙂
(63 2) 840 0884
Dim Sum Plus : 11:30am – 2:30pm, Mon – Sat
Lunch : 11.30am – 2.30pm, Mon – Sat / 10:30am – 2:30pm, Sun
Dinner : 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Mon – Sun
Shang Palace accommodates both smokers and non-smokers