I’ve passed Dolly Dim Sum many a time when I am in that area but it is always after I have eaten or am carrying many things or as usual I might be all by myself, so I never ever ventured in. Now I always notice a crowd especially during lunch time and so I guess it must be good.
I love Dim Sum. I love any kind or morsely food and so Dim Sum tops the list followed by sushi, then followed by other foods that come in small portions.
So today I had a chance to go because I had a friend in town. When we reached there it was still closed, well they were just arranging the place and preparing the tables and all, so we waited. Now I didn’t realise Dolly Dim Sum was halal for some reason till I saw an employee with a Tudung rush in.
So finally they allowed us in. I always like entering a restaurant that is not too full so I can be seated where I like, ie a point where I can see everything. Menu came, and the lighting was a little bit dim to read the blue lettering, either that or I might be needing glasses soon, so I had to switch on the phone torch to see better. Choices were made and so we waited.
We ordered a pot of Pu Er tea as always. Now for some reason, the Pu Er was not the best I’ve tasted. It was calming for a cool day but didn’t leave that lingering taste on the palate. Still it was nice to talk over a cup of tea before the foods started appearing.
First to arrive was the Crystal Prawn Dumpling. The skin was ‘Crytally’ enough, the prawn and scallion filling ratio somehow wasn’t right because you tasted more scallion than prawn. And the prawn used somehow wasn’t as big as I am used to. Still the flavor was good. Of course I had two pieces of it, because friend being from Kota Kinabalu is quite anti vegetables, so he only ate one piece.
Then the Salad Prawn Dumpling. This was nicely fried, but badly presented on the plate. No garnish and it looked like it was just chucked on the plate. I actually had to arrange them so I would take a photo. As I was half expecting them to come back and cut it into two, alas that didn’t happen. Taste wise it was good. You actually tasted prawn. I didn’t care much for the sauce. For me a good Dim Sum should taste nice without any sauce.
Now the Prawn Cheong Fen………. long pause needed to describe it. I feel this was not prepared by someone who is a Dim Sum Chef so to speak because this was the standard you would eat in an ordinary unair conditioned Dim Sum place around. The Cheong Fen skin was thick and and you could hardly taste any prawns and the soy sauce that went with it hardly permeated through the Cheong Fen so even if you ate it together there were two distinct flavors. The Dried Prawn and Chilly Concoction too couldn’t cover the Cheong Fen taste. This is always my favorite and luckily I didn’t order two varieties.
The Pan Fried Radish cake was nice. It was not overly powering and oily albeit a little bit smaller then usual. It was nice enough I must say. And it didn’t have that starchy after taste like some that I have tasted previously. I was half expecting Loh Pak Koh but they didn’t have it. Some times I don’t understand why they just cannot make it when they already have the main ingredients and all they need is Bean Sprouts, Eggs and Chives and a bit of Garlic and Prawns.
The Har Gao was nice although I did feel the skin was a tad thicker then usual. Prawn was evident so that’s a plus. One tiny problem I had was I felt the prawn was not really tasty, like it lacked a bit of marinade or something. Still it was fresh so that’s important.
The hit for the morning was the Szechuan Dumpling. Now this one was the BOMB! It literally exploded in flavor once it entered your mouth and once you bit into it, the flavors would give you a nice burst to the senses. It might have been a little spicy but it was a tasty nice spicy. We could have ordered another plate if we didn’t order all the rest. This one we both liked.
The Sweet and Sour Bean Curd Roll was tasty and not over powering in sauce, but I also tended to feel that the sauce lacked a bit of boom. You know when you put something sweet and sour into your mouth, you need to get that sweet and sour flavor before you bite into the meat that it is coating. The flavor of the bean curd roll was nice but just lacked that bit of oomph.
Siu Mai is the basic staple of any Dim Sum. I found Dolly’s to be nice in flavor but very clumsily served with the fish roe all over as seen in the photo. It also lacked a bit of shine or glisten, perhaps this was because of the lack of oil, as there is less oil in chicken meat then there would be in pork. Flavorwise it was good.
Now the Golden Fish Cracker was something I totally unexpected. Dolly’s doesn’t have photos in their menu so this was a total surprise. It wasn’t bad in flavor of anything, it was just not what I expected. It was well received by the two of us I must say, but I have this thing about salted egg yolks and of late I find salted egg yolks are not as salty as before. And this was the case. Now had it been more salty then this would have enhanced the flavor even more. Still it was nice. But do note, this has to be eaten while it is still hot. Once it is cold, it will taste ordinary. I don’t know but this is me, perhaps if the added a teaspoon of salted egg white, it might have given this dish some flavor.
After proclaiming how full we were, we ordered dessert. We ordered the Mango Pudding with Sago and Pomelo and A Coconut Pudding.
Now I have always had my Mango Pudding a little harder and you ate spoonfuls of it with a bit of the topping. Dolly’s however, was very soft. Like unset custard. flavorwise it was good, just too soft. The Coconut Pudding stole the show. It was light and flavorful and not overwhelmingly coconutty. And the shredded coconut flesh took it to another level. It was a refreshing feel to the palate.
I was told the Dolly Dim Sum in Aevnue K is better. Maybe I will venture there one of these days and check it out. I don’t think that should be the case though, because you’re under one name, everything should be the same.
Do try Dolly’s when you are at Nu Sentral. It’s pleasant and the ambiance is nice.