Dim sum selection platter at Pearl Liang
Nine-piece dim sum selection platter at Pearl Liang, a Chinese restaurant just behind Paddington Station.
Har gao (prawn in thin dough), courgette/celery/prawn dumpling, pork/radish dumpling, scallop dumpling, pork shu mai (open-top dumpling), char siu bao (steamed bun with honey roast pork inside), monks' vegetable dumpling, spinach dumpling, glutinous rice with meat wrapped in seaweed.
This is the tasting platter for one; it costs just under a tenner. Not a bad selection, though it was entirely focused on steamed things; a dim sum meal really needs something fried as well for contrast. I did like the large quantity of vegetable matter involved though. Spinach dumpling == really good. The glutinous rice in seaweed was my least favourite; like greasy sushi, ew.
We also had side orders of chicken's feet in black bean sauce (no chilli! but not bad) and sticky rice with mixed meat in lotus leaf (not good at all; the rice was overcooked, it was way too greasy, and the small dried prawns in the "mixed meat" were rather too hard).