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Royal China dim sum

Hungry Celeste | Jun 3, 2002 06:10 PM

Okay, I finally made it to Royal China for dim sum. All in all, a good time, with tasty food. This past Sunday shortly before noon, we were the only non-Asians in the restaurant, and the only folks not speaking Chinese (a good sign). The photo menu of dim sum choices wasn't terribly helpful, but it was fun to mark up the paper selection chart (rather than picking from a trolley). My party tried 5-7 different things, including beef shumai, har gow, sesame chicken, paper shrimp, fried chicken dumplings, spicy squid, and some other things I can't remember. All were tasty, although the sesame chicken was a tad oily.

Our hands-down favorite was the squid, which were sauteed in a garlic-black bean sauce. They were small and tender, with a nice ratio of bodies & tentacles. A sort of fried shrimp dumpling was especially nice as well.

We also ordered a couple of entrees (garlic chicken and orange shrimp). Both were competent, but not "special", although the shrimp dish was loaded with at least a dozen and a half jumbo shrimp. Not bad for $10.

The physical environment is what you'd expect from an aging Chinese restaurant (aquarium with colorful fish, wall hangings, plastic-covered chairs), but the family of proprietors made us feel very welcome. I'll definitely return. I'd love to hear about anyone else's favorite menu item at RC; did I miss something special?

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