Monday, March 14, 2011

Dim Sum King 9160 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77036 (713) 270-6788

I was headed to a restaurant for lunch that turned out to be closed. However it was on Bellaire Blvd which is ethnic restaurant row. It features mainly oriental but has hispanic also. I was on the look out for either a bahn mi place or dim sum. In a large oriental mall I found this gem of dim sum place tucked in a corner spot. It is just a door that opens into a rectangular space of some size. No rolling carts but a rather extensive menu. You are handed a paper menu that you mark for what you want and also a picture book of what they look like. There are three portion sizes also. Basically small, medium and large. Here is what I chose.

Steamed Pork Spare Ribs with black bean sauce. This were cut into bite size portion with the bone in. I love gnawing bones and the black beans added a spicy note to an otherwise rich and unctuous dish
Mango Glutinous Cake. Least favorite that day. Kinda like a very chewy snowball snack cake.
Chicken Claw with black beam sauce. I can not pass up chicken feet. The sticky unctuous mouth feel is what this dish is about. I seem to like certain texture that chinese like.
Ginger and Beef tripe. Another texture I like. The ginger and green onions add a nice sprightly flavor as well cleaned and prepared tripe is pretty bland
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings. I do not only eat the odd ball stuff. These dumplings had a nice chewy dough with great shrimp filling.
Rice soup with Pigs Blood. OK back to the weird. I have never had congealed pigs blood so I had to try it. All I can say is that it must be a texture thing as the cubes had no flavor at all. Kinda sorta like eating unflavored jello.
Pan Fried Turnip Cake. My favorite thing to order at a dim sum place. It was good but these were kinda greasy. The appeal for me is the crisp exterior with a creamy interior and the spicy flavor of the turnips.
Steamed Pork Buns. In general I like the steamed items. Oh I will eat the fried but steamed dim sum items catches my palate. Stuffed with red bbqed pork the steaming make the dough light and airy
If you are in Houston and it is not the weekend when the big dim sum place roll out the carts this is highly desirable place to go. I whole heartily recommend it.

Dim Sum King


Aghastronome said...

I just drove by this place! Nice review, I'll be hitting them for lunch....and writing them up.

Arthur "The Bear" Hebert said...

I enjoyed myself I hope you do the same