I was told me earlier to try Eastern Palace for yum cha. I must admit I have not been here for many many years, due to the fact that it is located in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland which I do not frequent that often. I visited this place with a some family members where were had ordered multiple dishes of the same things to ensure there was enough to go around.
Yum cha at Eastern Palace pushes trolleys around so that you can see and pick the plates that you want by pointing if you are unfamiliar with the names of the dishes, it also gives you an idea whether the item looks appealing or not.
Sui Mai – each of the sui mai in the dish were massive. Chunky bits of pork and prawn, it was ok but lacked flavour.
Har Gao – I was moderately surprised that these were better than my held expectation of these. Large chunks of prawns in a medium skinned casing.
Beef Ribs – Very tough, I could barely chew the meat off the bones. Not very tasty.
Pork Ribs – Chunky bits of meat attached to each bit of bone.
BBQ Rice Rolls – you would usually expect to see three rice rolls per dish. However these dishes were fairly large with around 6 rolls per dish. The BBQ pork lacked flavour and the skins were fairly thick. Even though we had ordered this dish, the dish came out luke warm.
Beef Rice Rolls – was disgusting. Skin was thick very little minced beef and had no taste at all. the dish was cold, which would have been nicer if it was warm.
Turnip Cake – was just that – turnip. no signs of dried prawns or chinese sausage that you would come to expect from a turnip cake. it was lightly seared as I it was very pale looking, though the outside looked very oily.
Savoury Croquette – thick casing with very little pork mince inside. though it did have the right level of seasoning
Prawn Toast – Thick toast with little prawns on top. After one small bite, my mouth was fill of oil which had put me off and ended up throw the remainder of my prawn toast away.
Prawn and Coriander Dumpling – similar to the bar goa with chunky bits of prawns. The skin was thin but not super thin that you would expect from a good dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong, but was passable.
Prawn and Chive Dumpling – Similar to the prawn and coriander dumpling.
Chicken Feet – These were ordered by my nephew, as I am not a fan of these. He seemed to like them as he ate an entire dish on his own – so they must be good.
BBQ Pork Steam Buns – Soft, fluffy and white. Good amout of BBQ Pork to bun ration. I personally at 2 out of 3 buns. I guess I was just craving for some bars to be honest.
Rice Steam Pudding – too soggy, not very nice at all.
Durian Mochi – a lot of cream encased inside a thin mochi skin with little durian.
Fairly average yum cha place to say the least. The dim sum did not wow me. Dumplings may be large and value for money but certainly lacks the quality characteristics of good dumplings.
Location: 9 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park, Auckland