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Dim Sum @ Legendary Palace (short report)

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Dim Sum @ Legendary Palace (short report)

Paul H | May 15, 2003 10:15 PM

Along with several business associates, I stopped by Legendary Palace for lunch. A year ago, I would have been impressed, but I've been ruined by Chowhounding with the experts in the best places.

Some of the [high/low]lites were: Steamed shrimp dumplings which were tough and dry; tender and flavorful spare ribs; xio long bao that had been sitting around too long with soup leaks and a drying wrapper; fairly tasty tofu with shrimp; a dish of pork intestines which most of us picked at; and some shrimp wrapped in noodles that were fine.

The ladies kept coming back and pushing the tofu, we must have had eight offers. Finally I got up and started flagging down the carts and demanding to see what was under the steamer lids. Using this strategy, a few more shrimp dumplings made their way to the table.

We still weren't making much progress so I found the manager and asked for some fried turnip cakes and some fried taro root dumplings. Twenty minutes later, we had almost given up but we stuck around feeling honor bound to eat what we had ordered. Finally the turnip cakes arrived. They were hot and properly caramelized on the skin. There were bits of dried shrimp inside. This was the first good dish! Ten minutes later the taro root dumplings showed up. They were greaseless, hot and very, very tasty. No one except me had ever had these before and they were a hit.

Conclusion: overall very mediocre, but if you take matters into your own hands, things improve!

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