Saturday, 23 November 2013

A Wong – Dim Sum, London

A. Wong’ is a simply furnished, Chinese restaurant located a short walk from London’s Victoria train station. Holding a Michelin Bib Gourmand, the food is great quality and keenly priced. We ordered from the lunchtime dim sum menu.

In the evenings, as well as the ‘a la carte’, they also serve a 10 course ‘Taste of China’ and (with notice) the ‘Peking Duck Feast’ (see Andy Hayler).

What Michelin say, ‘Andrew Wong transformed his mother's restaurant into a modern and lively Chinese restaurant. He's taken classics from across China and introduced the odd twist here and there, whilst keeping the original combinations intact.

Stand out dishes for us included: the refined ‘100 year egg’; the ‘shrimp dumplings’ with a zingy citrus foam and the ‘prawn balls with chilli and abalone’. The desserts were the best I’ve had in any Chinese restaurant.

Shanghai steamed dumplings, ginger infused vinegar /
Yunnan mushroom, pork & truffle dumpling /
Clear shrimp dumpling, sweet chilli sauce, citrus foam /
Pork & prawn dumpling, pork crackling

Won ton with garlic, chilli oil & crispy bean curd /
Sesame buttered smoked chicken

100 year old egg in sweet, chilli soya & marinated tofu

Pickles /
Baked roasted pork buns with a sugared coating /
Chinese chive pot sticker dumpling

Zhejiang taro cake with toasted almonds & ginger, spring onion oil /
Smoked duck and jellyfish & pork crackling salad /
Chengdu street tofu, soy chilli, peanuts, preserved vegetables

Quail egg croquette puff /
Prawn cracker

Crab, seafood & beancurd cannelloni, pickled cockles

Scallop puff with XO sauce /
Deep fried prawn ball with abalone & chilli vinaigrette

‘Beijing yoghurt’ with chilli barbecued pineapple & Sichuan pepper ice cream

Snow ball merengue, lychee granite, mango puree & lime sorbet

Coconut ice cream, glutinous dumpling, apple, pandan jelly & peanut cream

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