Cabbage Dumplings RM4.20
Black Sesame Bun RM3
Shanghai Fried Rice Sheet with Shrimp RM6
Siew Mai RM4.20
Shanghai Xiao Long Bao RM6
Fried Radish Cake with X.O Sauce
Steamed Chive Dumplings RM4.20
Herbal Chicken RM6
Shrimp Dumplings RM4.20
Phoenix Shrimp with Seaweed RM6
Custard and Salted Egg Yolk Bun RM3
Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice RM4.20
Spinach Cheong Fun with Shrimps RM4.50
Durian Pancakes RM6
Chef Cheah Kam Wah, the previous head of the dim sum department of the Marriott Hotel Putrajaya, is the chef leading the kitchen at Dragon Gate Dim Sum.
This Hong Kong style eatery hustles the typical prawn and pork bite size temptations but have extended their menu beyond your regular dim sum joint. The addition of many vegetable dishes sees a healthy slant infused into these bitty balls of yum. In turn they have a number of original plates not found elsewhere in the city. The Spinach Cheong Fun is one such creation. A spinach infused rice wrapping filled with firm prawns bathes in a soy sauce puddle. A scattering of crispy fried garlic yields a contrast in texture to the soft noodles.
The appropriate accessory to a dim sum outing is tea, lots of it. According to my Chinese buddies, it supposedly helps to metabolize your meal. Dragon Gate has a decent offering of brews and we chose a refillable pot of Chrysanthemum Tea for RM3. Presented in a ceramic pot with matching cups it served us well.
Without making comment on all 15 (!) items we tried, I shall highlight the ones that stood out. Shanghai Xiao Long Bao must be eaten by first picking it up on a spoon, breaking the dumpling and allowing the soup to enter your mouth, then taking the solids, in hubby’s words, “It’s a killer." The Black Sesame Bun caught my attention as the waitress told me that the soft fluffy bread like ball filled with rich sesame paste is good for an illuminating complexion. The Shrimp Dumplings were excellent with a delicate wrapping and firm centre. The Siew Mai had a perfect texture, was well seasoned and is the most ordered item on the menu. New fans of glutinous rice we couldn't go past the Lotus Leaf packet. Its sticky glue like consistency and savoury fillings are yum. While hubby wasn't a fan of the Herbal Chicken because of the amount of bone and skin, I enjoyed the herbal broth, packed with wolfberries and other goodies it would make a great soup for nursing the flu. Another dish I got all to myself was the Fried Radish Cake with X.O. Sauce. Soft soft yam cubes with plentiful crunchy bean sprouts benefited from a mild kick with the spicy sauce. Being a fan of all things sweet and creamy, hubby mmmed and ahhhed over the Custard & Salted Egg Yolk Bun. Be sure to have a plate underneath when you break the bun to catch the sugary egg yolk as it oozes out. The Durian Pancake also tickled his tongue with fresh slivers of fruit surrounded by a rich, intense cream and held together by a slender bandage.
Service is fast and friendly. Once ordered, the baskets and plates came out hot and flying. The waitstaff, even though run off their feet, still took the time to explain how to eat special dishes such as the Shanghai dumplings and showed which sauces go with each dish. Dragon Gate Dim Sum stands out for its variety of healthy options. Many dumplings have extra vegetables and the high weekend turnover means fresh ingredients and preparation.
Reason to visit: reasonably priced dim sum with plenty of healthy options, fast efficient service, cool well lit dining hall
Open 7 days from 7am – 3pm
Dragon Gate Dim Sum
1-1 Jalan PJU 5/3
47810 Kota Damansara
Selangor Darul Ehsan
+6 017 626 7026