Currently, touted as one of the best Dim Sum place in town by the Chinese community, Dragon Boat is supposed to offer quality and innovative Dim Sums that would give the Yang's or Casa(s) a run for their money.
To see for myself, I tried them out today.
Since I am a non-regular and did not hand out Chinese New Year red pockets, treatment by the staff was less than luke warm and only borderline friendly.
We did not take advantage of their early bird $2.80 special, but rather, paid full price of $2.80 (S), $3.80 (M), $4.80 (L) and $5.80 (XL).
We ordered the following dishes:
- Freshly Baked Ham and Chicken Pie
- Baked Egg White Milk Tart
- Steamed Rice Roll with Prawns
- House special deep fried shrimp dumplings
- Braised Beef Tendons with Chiu-Hau Sauce
- Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings
- Steamed Chicken feet
- Steamed egg yolk multi-layered sponge cake
There were both hits and misses amongst the dishes we ordered
Kudos go to the fluffy, light and juicy Ham and Chicken Pie. Beautiful buttery crust oozing with nicely balanced mild curry sauce filling. One of the best in town! Chicken feet were nicely seasoned and super tender. A real treat to eat.
Borderline ones were the tasty but a touch underdone tendons, the crunchy and sweet prawn filling rice roll but with overly thick wrapper, the passable Har Gow with nicely seasoned shrimp filling and slightly thick but intact and chewy skin. The inclusion of a head-on shrimp in the mix was kind of 'cute'! The two desserts were good but nothing to shout about!
Thumbs down has to go to the house special deep fried shrimp dumpling. The shell housing the shrimp filling must be as hard and thick as a tortoise shell!!!
Overall, the experience was a fairly good and mildly enjoyable one. However, for really good Dim Sum I will still stick with Casa Imperial or Yang's, albeit the latter two being more expensive.