Move Over Brunch – Sundays are for Dim Sum

July 31, 2012 2:29 pm7 commentsViews: 167

Brunch is great and all, but I think dim sum might be my new Sunday staple. My dim sum dining partner, E.J. Friedman (of Loudersoft) and I checked out Asian Palace over the weekend.

Dim sum, Asian Palace, Memphis, Tenn.

Asian Palace is like Golden Coast's more chaotic, populist little sister. Golden Coast is the girl your mom immediately likes, Asian Palace is the girl you'd probably have more fun with. 

The dining room is bigger and much less formal and the crowd is ethnically and socially diverse – when we were at Asian Palace, there was a solid mix of huge families, couples having lunch and people trying to recover from Saturday night.

Inside Asian Palace, Memphis, Tenn.

The quality of Asian Palace's food is about the same as Golden Coast, but it's less expensive (we spent about $30 for enough food for a small army). Since E.J. is more experienced with dim sum than I am, I let him pick our food from the carts that the staff was pushing around the restaurant. I also forgot to snag our menu on the way out, so I don't have the technical names of the things that we ordered – next time, I'll do better on that.

One of the problems with letting someone else choose the dim sum is that in a few cases, I'm not entirely sure what I was eating. There were chicken feet (and I still don't like them) and a plate of amazingly tender, crispy pork belly. Imagine the best bacon you've ever had and add to that and you'll have an idea of what it tasted like.

Pork Belly, Asian Palace, Memphis, Tenn.

We also had some taro cakes that were only mildly sweet and sort of the texture of a chunky potato cake (not a bad thing). There was sticky rice and spicy pork wrapped in giant leaves, green beans and a thin sleeve of pressed bean curd stuffed with shrimp that tasted kind of like  a delicious, buttery perfect omelet.

My favorite thing, though, were the taro pastries. They were sweet and a little gelatinous (sort of like mochi) and had taro paste in the middle.

taro cakes, Asian Palace, Memphis, Tenn.

Asian Palace is open daily for lunch and dinner. They've got a full menu and they serve dim sum all the time, but if you want to get your dim sum from carts, you'll have to go on a weekend.

Go there:

Asian Palace

5266 Summer Ave #65
Memphis, TN 38122

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7 Comments

  • I’ve tried both several times and I think I like Golden Coast better. The staff at Golden Coast is easier to communicate with and more attentive and the food is just as delicious.
    :-)

  • Would love to join you sometime, if you choose to go again, and help order and intro some of the dishes.  My family goes often to dim sum at Asian Palace and growing up Chinese in the south, tend to stick to the places that are as traditional as we can find here.  Thanks for writing about this traditional Chinese cuisine/meal! 

  • Asian Palace: I love the idea, but the hair I found in my food and Health Inspection rating of 70 (noticed it on my out sadly) made me feel sick for the rest of the afternoon.

  • I would love that. I’ll let you know the next time we go.

  • So, Chris, I have to ask you:
    It is not that I do not believe what you're saying, but can you substantiate this claim with actual proof?  It's perfectly realistic to ask you to back up what you're saying because even sites like Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor do not allow people to make those kinds of claims without factual evidence.  If you add them to a review on their site, they will pull them down.  If you have something in writing that shows what you're talking about, please share it with me; I eat there all the time and I want to be confident in supporting restaurants that pass health inspection.

  • Dim Sum is so much fun in groups.  Next time try the little white dumplings wrapped in shrimps (har gow).  Steamed pork ribs with bean sauce.  Both Asian and Golden make one with and without the fermented beans, choose the one with fremented beans.  Also, a noodle wrapped shrimp with drizzle of molasses soy sauce (har cheong fun).  I won't missed the classic pork dumpling (shui mai).
    Enjoyed the article and be adventurous when ordering.

  • Love the idea of dim sum, but am always skeptical about cleanliness (in mulitple cities)…

    For EJ -

    This comes from the public database found here: 

    http://www.commercialappeal.com/data/restaurantinspections/

    Asian Palace

    Facility Location:
    5266 Summer, Ste 65 Ave
    Memphis

    Facility Inspection History:
    Click on an inspection link below to see additional details

     

    # of Critical Violations on Last Inspection:  
    2

    # of Non-Critical Violations on Last Inspection:  
    12

     

    Inspection Type
      Inspection Date
      Violations
      Score

    Routine Inspection
      5-Jun-2013
      2 critical
      74

    Follow Up Inspection
      5-Jun-2013
      0 critical
      84

    Follow Up Inspection
      7-May-2013
      0 critical
      80

    Routine Inspection
      22-Apr-2013
      5 critical
      57

    Follow Up Inspection
      7-Feb-2013
      0 critical
      81

    Routine Inspection
      7-Dec-2012
      3 critical
      67

    Routine Inspection
      21-Jun-2012
      2 critical
      70

    Follow Up Inspection
      22-Nov-2011
      0 critical
      78

    Routine Inspection
      12-Nov-2011
      1 critical
      73

    Follow Up Inspection
      23-Feb-2011
      0 critical
      87

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