Sunday, 25 April 2010

Dim Sum - New World, Chinatown

Think dim sum and images of leisurely Sunday brunches with a few little bamboo steamers on the table, opened newspapers lying about and lots of tea being drunk should spring to mind. But I'm a Foong and Foongs don't do leisurely dim sum. We do maniacal over-ordering because that's the only way we know how and we love it. If I wasn't bad enough, bring my new manager at work, ISW, into the picture and the world turns into a Mad Hatter's tea party. In between moans and groans about work, we do serious food talking and plot out our future restaurant empire.

First the talk. Next the eating, the important bit. We headed to Chinatown for dim sum midweek and chose New World for it's location and the trolley service. To maximize our ordering capabilities, we roped in JE and TN who both had never had dim sum before. Almost rubbing our hands in glee with 2 extra tummy space, ISW and myself filled the table, to a point it was almost embarassing. As long as JE and TN kept eating, we didn't stop ordering. The two bird size ladies at the next table were giving us positively evil looks. They had 4 dishes on their table when we arrived and they were still pushing the food around the same four dishes when we left - an hour and half later. Maybe they were grumpy they couldn't order more?

Steamed Tripe - New World, Chinatown
Steamed Tripe

Snails in Curry Sauce - New World, Chinatown
Snails in Curry Sauce

Prawn Cheong Fun - New World, Chinatown
Prawn Cheong Fun

Siew Mai - New World, Chinatown
Sui Mai

Xiao Long Bao - New World, Chinatown
Xiao Long Bao

Char Siew Bao - New World, Chinatown
Steamed Barbeque Pork Buns

Steamed Beef Ball - New World, Chinatown
Steamed Beef Balls

Steamed Pork Ribs with Black Beans - New World, Chinatown
Steamed Pork Ribs with Chili and Black Beans

Har Kau - New World, Chinatown
Har Kau

Fried Turnip Cake - New World, Chinatown
Pan Fried Raddish Cake

Woo Kok - New World, Chinatown
Woo Kok

Deep Fried Squid - New World, Chinatown
Deep Fried Squid

Ham Sui Kok - New World, Chinatown
Ham Sui Kok

Roast Duck - New World, Chinatown
Roast Duck

Studded Aubergine - New World, Chinatown
Stuffed Aubergine in Black Bean Sauce

Wonton Soup Noodles - New World, Chinatown
Wanton Noodle Soup

Dry Beef Hor Fun - New World, Chinatown
Fried Beef Hor Fun

Doggie Bag - New World, Chinatown
My doggie bag - with the extra 2 dishes we ordered, Deep Fried Squid Balls and Minced Prwan on Sugarcane

Egg Tarts - Far East Restaurant, Chinatown

And because we couldn't resist dessert but were a tad bit too full we bought a few egg tarts from the bakery section of Far East Restaurant on Gerrads Street. I used to love these tarts but gave mine away to Stuart when I got home. The guilt of that huge lunch had started to creep up on me and I could face another bite.

Ultra Colourful CCakes from a Chinese Bakery in Chinaton, London
On the way back to the office we passed the crazy cake shop ... the colours and decorations on their cakes are so fantastically gaudy that I never fail to stop for a look :)

New World Restaurant
1 Gerrard Place, London W1D 5PA
New World on Urbanspoon

Far East Chinese Restaurant

13 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5PS
Far East Chinese on Urbanspoon


Rafleesia said...

Snails in curry sauce is not a dim sum dish! But the rest looks guys ate alot huh!

Breezer said...

Looks good, am planning a meet there with a reasonable crowd (around 8) on a weekday evening after reading lots of reviews.

Can't get them to pick up or talk on the phone to book - any idea if it'll be busy enough on weekday eve to need to or if they'll cope? going for the dim sum although I know they only do trolleys during the day.

Luscious Temptations said...

Hey Breezer,

I've never been there in the evening but the 2 times I've had dim sum there (with a 5 year or so gap in between) it's been busy. They do have two levels, which I believe they open on weekends, maybe in the evenings? (Don't quote me on this though). For a proper meal (as opposed to a quick lunch of noodles, etc) I quite like going to New Mayflower on Shaftesbury Avenue. The food is good but for a big group it may be a squeeze.

Hope you have a good meal!