Mr Wasabi and I made an inpromptu visit to Regal for yum cha and as usual ordered a few dishes.
Har Goa – No very nice, the filling was made with prawn mince which did not have much flavour to it and was fairly dense.
Sui Mai – made from chopped up pork which you can actually bite into. Definitely recommend these over the har gao. They are not the prettiest but definitely had the right amount of seasoning to it.
BBQ Pork Rice Roll – very little BBQ pork in the rice rolls that we had. the skin was slightly thick, but is not the thickest I have had. Passable but would prefer if they add more pork inside.
Prawn and Coriander Dumplings – very tender and succulent. I would recommend these over the har gao as these had chopped prawns inside, as opposed to prawn mince. I never quite managed to pick up the entire dumpling without separting the skin and the filling, perhaps my chopstick stills were lacking today
Sweet Black Sesame Glutenous Rice Balls – The last time I had one of these must have been a few years ago, never really took a liking to these but now finding myself wanting to try items that I do not normally order.
These were good, not too oily and most of all the red bean paste inside was not overly sweet nor too oily which sometimes red bean paste can be. the outer glutenous rice ball was fairly thick with a slightly crunchy texture which is helped by the sesame seeds. I am not a huge fan of sesame seeks but though the amount of sesame seeds on the outside was acceptable.
Steamed Sponge Cake – the sponge cake was not as dark as I had hoped it to be, and also as tasty as the colour and flavour actually comes from the golden syrup that is used to make these steamed sponge cake.
Pork Rolled in Cabbage – I was taken back how much flavour this dish had. the meat was not overly worked which meat it was succulent and not tough. it was basically some pork mince with mushrooms wrapped in Chinese cabbage leaves and steamed.
Chilli Sauce – I tended to enjoy the chilli sauce here but found it was very salty and that you can clearly taste the MSG within it, which I did not appreciate, which I tried to cut back on my chilli sauce intake with my dumplings.
Food service was fairly slow, and did not help that we were sitting in the corner on the other end of the restaurant, where most times, most of the dishes that was available had already been taken. I had to order a few items to ensure its delivery.
I do not have a favourite dim sum place as every time we go somewhere, there is always something that does not really pass my standards so we always try to rotate around the usual dim sum places that we visit and there certainly are some dim sum places which I would not visit due to the quality or the attempt of the cashier trying to rip us off.
I would not say this is the best yum cha that I have had, but do recommend this and a couple of other dim sum restaurants in Wellington.
Location: 7/9 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington