We love dim sum. Our whole family does. From time to time we’ll eat at another one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in Bandung – The Duck King. It’s located inside the Paris Van Java Mall, arguably the most popular mall around. Convenient huh? Anyway, for this food trip, we only had dishes that are listed on the paper menu (placemat) for dim sum. We’ll probably give a different review for the other non-dim sum dishes another day.
– General Review –
- Service: 7.5/10
Food comes relatively fast and tea cups are frequently filled. Most waiters and waitresses are patient, polite, and friendly.
- Ambiance: 7/10
It has a typical Chinese restaurant ambiance. If you’re looking for a place to sit and have a quiet read or work on your laptop, I’m afraid this place isn’t suitable, especially on Sunday mornings. Large gatherings may even be held here at times.
- Non-smoking area: Yes – The restaurant is indoors and smoking isn’t allowed inside. However, there is smoking area outside of the restaurant.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes. Even though we’re meat-lovers, there are some really nice vegetarian dishes available. The Tim Char Liong Cheong Fen 港式蒸金钓炸量 (Steamed rice roll with fried dough fritter in it) is one of our favourites!
- Price range: Dim sum was on average about Rp 22.000 each. Note: Dinner and lunch dishes can be much more expensive than that. It ranges from about Rp. 20.000 – Rp. 300.000
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
– Food Experience –
1) Szechuan Style Dumpling:
This is our TOP favourite dish in Duck King. For those who don’t eat spicy food, we urge you to try this without eating too much of the sauce (We hope you’ll be converted). For those who can’t live without spice, you’ll love this one as much as we do. We promise.
2) Siew Long Pao (Xiao Long Bao):
It’s pretty good, but not the best we’ve had. The skin is not thin enough and the soup and filling aren’t as tasty as the best ones we’ve had (Din Tai Feng is our #1 when it comes to Xiao Long Bao).
3) Siew Mai (Shao Mai):
It’s only average I think. But good enough to be included in your must-haves when you go for dim sum, because what’s dim sum without one of its staples?
4) Steamed Dumpling with Prawns, Chinese chives and chicken (known as “the green dumpling” to us):
It’s surprisingly good! Meat-lovers usually shun away from the thought of consuming vegetables in a dumpling, but you MUST give this one a try. It’s yummy!
5) Steamed Rice Roll with Fried Dough Fritter:
I just love how the steamed and fried are juxtaposed in this dish. We love fried dough fritters! Pour the soy sauce over it and you can eat it with or without the peanut sauce. We’ve had a friend who thought this was supposed to be a dessert dish only because there’s peanut sauce!
6) Stir-fried Carrot Cake (Chinese version, not the dessert) with Shrimp Paste:
Another top-of-the-list dish. Yes it’s not very dim sum-like but we eat it for dim sum anyway because it’s delicious and very tasty.
** Other dishes not mentioned but should be tried:
Tim Hakau 经营地鱼鲜虾饺 (Steamed Prawn Dumpling), Bakpao Goreng isi Telur Asin 脆皮黄金流沙包 (Salted Egg Custard Bun, can be fried or steamed), and finally if you’re very very lucky that they have this available while you’re dining there: Tim Iga Sapi dgn Bawang Putih 豉汁蒜茸牛仔骨 (Steamed Beef Ribs with Garlic).
Contact Number: +62 22 82063768 /+62 22 82063769
Website: The Duck King Group
Posted by: V & W