I remember about 7-10 years ago, dim sum on the weekends suddenly became the latest craze amongst those who had not grown up with this custom. For myself, dim sum wasn't an overly often occurrence due to the quality you could find here in Perth compared with what my mum was used to in Taiwan. But still, it was a part of my childhood and teen years, and when I was eighteen it became the perfect recovery from a big weekend night out with my equally hungover friends.
In recent years, dim sum has dropped off the radar pretty much for me. When I'm holidaying in Asia I tend to try it one or two times, and when I'm in Perth maybe the same amount per year. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy it - but it's not something that usually gets me overly excited.
Last weekend Jeremy and I took my mum out to get some groceries (Re Store for me, Chinatown for her). After a quick stop at Coventry market we decided to try the new(ish) dim sum restaurant in Morley, Silver Seas.
We wait about 5 minutes for a table and are provided with some fragrant jasmine tea while we wait for trays of food to sweep past us for our taking. Immediately my mum spies some fried yam pastries which she promptly orders. I LOVE yam. Yes I say that with immense excitement because I adore this starchy glutinous food.
These pastries did not disappoint. Crunchy on the inside, soft and chewy in the centre. They're sweet from the yam, but savoury from the pastry - a nice contrast and a naughty way to start our meal with this fried good.
Even though these are quite easy to make at home, mum and I both agree it's better ordering them so we don't have to bother. A few bites is all you need to satisfy this craving!
Soon enough the cart filled with stacks of baskets of steamed dumplings makes it way to our table. This is where the good stuff tends to be! We take a serving of the Siu Mai dumplings, Prawn dumplings and Prawn & Scallop dumplings.
The siu mai is delicious - the pork tender and flavoursome. The roe on top isn't as fresh as I've had in other places and looks a little lacklustre, but the pastry that wraps the dumpling is soft without being gluggy.
I myself usually prefer the plain versions which my grandpa in Taiwan used to go out and buy me in the morning when I would visit (or crispy You Tiao) and we would slather them in butter while munching away.
When I eat the Char Siu versions I expect soft, fluffy bread with sweet, sticky pork on the inside. While these ticked the box for the outside, the filling was definitely not char siu in my opinion. It was a light brown colour, and had none of that sweetness that this Cantonese cooking style is known for. A bit disappointing!
All up, when we paid our bill we were full and for the most part satisfied. At $56 total for the three of us, this was a great deal cheaper than the city/Northbridge dim sum joints I would normally go to if I felt like this type of food. The service was great at Silver Seas too, so really the only downfalls for me is that char siu flavouring, and the fact that our tea was so jammed with leaves we couldn't pour it without making a mess... which we did. Whoops!
If I lived closer to Morley I could definitely see myself returning here for a cheap dim sum meal when I'm craving it. For those who do live near Silver Sands it's probably worth checking out, especially since I hear they serve dim sum for dinner too.