A couple of months ago, I bought some frozen prawn dumplings (har gao) from Box Hill which turned out to be a disappointment but some of my lovely readers pointed out some other places where I could buy yum cha dumplings from.
One of these places was Hong Kong Dim Sum in Glen Waverley, along Kingsway (they also have a shop in Box Hill). The shop has a frozen foods freezer for takeaway frozen dumplings, as well as a hot food section and a seating area for you to eat there.
There is a wide variety of yum cha items that you can purchase frozen – you can see the full list from their website. There were so many things I wanted to get but I settled on purchasing 3 different types of dumplings – prawns dumplings, scallop dumplings and seafood dumplings.
The dumplings typically come in a packet of 10. It’s not exactly cheap at almost $1 per dumpling, but it is cheaper than yum cha prices. All dumplings are supposed to be defrosted first and then steamed for the required number of minutes listed on the packet.
Real prawn and scallops were used in the dumplings but they all tasted similar and left that strong fishy seafood taste in the mouth. In my opinion, the fillings were all under seasoned. I found the skins on the thick side but I think the skins have to be so people won’t complain that the skin breaks too easily when taking it out of a steamer.
Overall: The dumplings are better than those you will find at the Asian grocery shops and from Emma’s Frozen Foods, but they are still below average for yum cha quality. Let’s just say if they served these dumplings at a yum cha place, I wouldn’t return.
Would I buy them again? No, you’ll still find me at yum cha on the weekends! Looks like I will have to try and make them myself if I want to eat dumplings at home!
Over & Out, Rilsta xx