Dim Sum @ Golden Harvest, Chinatown, London
A newish place on Gerrard Not bad dim sum overall.
The special prawn dumplings are chock full of prawns, nice flavour, good succulent texture, punctuated by the delighfully abrupt shearing of little bits of waterchestnuts. The skins however, are a little mushy, and could have been steamed a little shorter.
The Chinese chive dumplings however, were excellent, full of chive flavour, little bits of prawn in a supporting role, skins that were firm, chewy and thin.
The scallops in rice sheets/cheong fun were merely nice, the sheets could be more delicate and thin, but certainly nothing bad, just not the best I've ever had.
Minced prawns wrapped in bean curd skins/yuba were tasty, but the skins could be even more crispy. Otherwise pleasant, balanced by the standard Worcestershire-based dipping sauce.
A green bean jelly had a good nutty beany flavour from embedded beans, and a satisfying density, dressed in a little bit of evapourated milk to round it off.
The egg tarts are very good -- delicate multi-layered pastry, firm custard with just the right amount of richness. The version with bird's nest has a little bit of that on top, but does little to enhance the tart.
Satisfied with the tieguanyin tea - while not particularly floral, there was a pleasant roasted oolong flavour, a mellow nutty malty combination.
Pretty good for dim sum, with perhaps minor quibbles rather than faults. Love to hear more about this place. Most items are in the £2-3 range for dim sum. Anyone had their "regular" dishes yet?