{Saigon Eats} Dim sum at Shang Palace

Chicken & taro balls

I’m officially obsessed with going for dim sum at Shang Palace. My quest for the best dim sum in Saigon has taken me from the really crappy (the Chinese place behind Pacharan that’s currently closed for renovations – and hopefully a complete menu overhaul), to the bit better Windsor Hotel (naff 80s decor, ok but unremarkable dim sum) to the much better dim sum place across the road from the Saigon Zoo (the name escapes me). And then there’s Shang Palace! It definitely trumps them all – a chic, contemporary Chinese style space with a menu to die for.

The best bbq pork buns

Shanghai style crab dumplings

Favourite dim sum dishes – chicken and taro balls, barbecue pork buns, prawn dumplings, Shanghai style crab dumplings (soup-style dumplings with vinegar dipping sauce), and the rice rolls with sea scallops, prawns or barbecue pork. Most of the dim sum are from US$2-3 a basket, a price belying the surrounds and service. I love, love, love this place!

Bbq pork in rice rolls

Har cao (prawn dumplings) – all time favourite dim sum dish

Shang Palace, 17-19 Ly Tu Trong (@ Norfolk Mansions), District 1, Saigon, T: +84 8 3823 2221

{UPDATE}Β Thanks readers Kim and Jenny for reminding me the dim sum place near the zoo is called Ocean Palace, @ 2 Le Duan, D1


6 Responses

  1. niamh July 8, 2010 / 9:45 am

    Look delicious!! Am sitting here trying to think of the name of a vegan/veggie dim sum place we used to go to in Sydney – near Hyde Park and (I think) St Mary’s. Yummy!

  2. melanie lace July 8, 2010 / 4:25 pm

    Interesting. When we were in Saigon we couldn’t find any good dim sum…unless we wanted it for breakfast.

  3. Anonymous July 19, 2010 / 5:58 am

    Yee Boo on Le Thanh Ton has a really dim sum. Try it out!

  4. jeannette July 23, 2010 / 4:10 am

    It seems several Asian countries have a variant of this – Indonesia does, and China too. Yum, I love Thai food. What I couldn’t find in China was ice-cream as dessert(in a restaurant). Have a great weekend!

  5. Jonny July 23, 2010 / 6:00 am

    Intercon most definately is the best in town

  6. Raymondetc September 6, 2011 / 8:16 am

    I totally agree with you on the BBQ Pork Bun (Char Seiw Pau. It’s the best I’ve ever tasted. The bun “melts” in your mouth and it’s not “sticky”. I would say this is a “must try”. I’ve jut tried out their Moon-cake and it’s marvelous.

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