What makes for great dim sum? I thought you'd never ask...
- The restaurant should be filled with large, multi-generational Chinese families. If it's not, I'd worry it's more trendy than authentic because every good dim sum place I've ever eaten at is packed to the gills with Chinese people.
- The food carts should come fast and furious and offer a wide variety of dim sum foods, from the very American-friendly shrimp dumplings to the much less non-Chinese appealing chicken feet.
- Most importantly, you should be able to get my personal favorite dish - pork buns (char siu baau)- without having to make a special request. I have languished at some restaurants desperate for a pork bun when none were in sight. Don't make me ask, just bring it on!
At Royal China, there was no shortage of my beloved pork buns, both baked and steamed. The breading of the baked bun was chewy and light and the barbecued pork filling was incredibly sweet and satisfying. Everything we tried there was tasty, including shrimp (har gau) and pork (shaomai) dumplings.I've never found a traditional dim sum spot that really rose above others, and this instance was no different. The dumplings tasted the same, albeit delicious, as other great dim sum places in NY and Hong Kong, so the dishes were no doubt authentic and well executed even if they didn't stand out as unique. Royal China is definitely worth a visit from dim sum lovers or even dim sum neophytes who don't know a har gau from a cheong fun.
Pros: Cheap, authentic, great pork buns
Cons: Not the right place for a leisurely lunch or private conversation
3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341