Dim Sum challenge: Pearl Liang (London) vs Tim’s Kitchen (Macau)

I love Dim Sum! I could probably eat them every day!

When I am in London I tend to eat them at the same restaurants (Pearl Liang, Royal China and Yauatcha). Since I was lucky enough to be in Asia for a few weeks, I was excited to see if I could find better restaurants to enjoy these delicious Chinese small plates. So I set myself the challenge of sampling dim sum in as many places as I could and then compare the Asian winner to my favourite London spots.

My quest for the perfect dim sum took me to China Town in Singapore, at a random restaurant by the Birds market in Hong Kong, at Lot 10 food court in Kuala Lumpur (more to come about Kuala Lumpur!) … and finally at 2 Michelin stars rated restaurant Tim’s Kitchen in Macau, which was my Asian winner :) . I also blogged about my dinner at Eight in Macau, if you are interested you’ll find it here.

What we ordered at Tim’s Kitchen:

Steamed prawn dumplings with salmon roe, lovely!

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Scallop and chive dumplings, very thin wrapping, delicious taste and they looked really pretty.

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Prawn dumplings with green (spinach) wrapping

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Lo mai gai, which is glutinous rice wrapped in a lotus leaf with a filling of egg yolk, dried scallop, mushroom, water chestnut and beef. Delicious!

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Rice noodle rolls (wide rice noodles that are steamed and then rolled) filled with barbequeued pork; They were nice, but a too much on the bland side for my liking.

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One nice touch, our napkins were rolled to make a mouse shape.

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Service was impeccable.

Score: 8/10

Just the week I was back in London, after my Grand Tour of Asia, I had the chance to pop at Pearl Liang in Paddington for a quick Sunday brunch.

This is what we ordered:

Cha siu baau, the most popular bun with a Cantonese barbecued pork filling, baked with a light sugar glaze to produce a smooth golden-brown crust. Crispy, shiny and still piping hot. Fantastic!

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Prawn and chive dumplings: fresh and crunchy, and so delicate.

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Mixed Cheung fan with beef, barbecued pork (my favorite) and prawns. Lovely as usual!

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Egg tarts, they were piping hot and so tasty.

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The grape fruit and mango with tapioca dessert was so fresh, and delicate. I loved the sweet and bitter combination of mango and grapefruit together.

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Score: 8/10

My verdict: Even!! I wasn’t really expecting this! I loved Tim’s Kitchen for the attention to detail, the terrific service, and the quality of the dishes; but I always liked Pearl Liang too. Perhaps they pay a little less attention to presentation than Tim’s Kitchen, but the dim sum taste great, and they have more variety.

My search for the best dim sum continues :)

Tim’s Kitchen
G/F East Wing,
Lisboa Hotel (Old Lisboa)
Macau (China)
+853 799 7382

Avg price for two having dim sum and drinking green tea €40.

Pearl Liang on Urbanspoon

Square Meal

Avg price for two having dim sum and drinking jasmine tea £35.

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