Imperial Kingdom Restaurant
546 – 554 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley
(03) 9802 6787
BYO: Yes, wine only
Price (yum cha): $4 regular, $5 medium, $6.80 large, tea $1.50 per person
Parking: Free on-site parking
Read about my previous visit here.
Hubby woke up early one Sunday morning and said he wanted yum cha for lunch. I asked where he wanted to go and he said Imperial Kingdom. I said, “But we have already been there” and his response was “So? It was good!” Then I said “But I have to try out new places for my blog”, to which hubby rolled his eyes! How many other of you food bloggers only want to go to places you have never blogged about for the sake of your blog?! Hehe.
As you can see from the title of this blog post, we did end up at Imperial Kingdom, but it was only after ringing Taipan, Kam Fook and Gold Leaf Burwood and finding out they were all fully booked. What can we expect when we ring at 11am expecting a seat for the 1pm session on that same Sunday!
We tried to order different things, but this was difficult as we like to have our favourites! After we got home and I looked at my first visit, I realised we ended up ordering a lot of the same things!
First up was the pork spare ribs. Most places do it with black bean, but this sauce had a bit of a reddish tinge. The pork wasn’t as soft as I expected and the marinade could have done with more seasoning.
Hubby likes the yum cha version of chicken pie, though I have no idea why… and I always end up having to eat the other one! The pastry is slightly sweet and biscuit like, while the filling is salty and creamy. However this particular chicken pie’s pastry dominated the filling and it was barely warm – perhaps it had made the rounds a few too many times.
Next we got the seafood ball. We never order this, but we got a nice surprise with a bit of egg yolk inside. It was tasty and not too oily.
We remember the century egg porridge being good the last time we came, so we ordered it again. I requested extra fried wonton pieces for the top and I like to add soy sauce and white pepper to my congee. There was plenty of century egg pieces too.
Next was the steamed pork roll wrapped in beancurd skin. The roll is deep fried first to make the beancurd skin nice and brown and then steamed in a tasty sauce. The filling was a soft, minced pork.
We passed on our usual prawn dumpling and ordered the crab and sweet corn dumpling only to find out we got it last time! Again there was real crab pieces but the skin on the dumplings we got had split open. Not a big deal though, it still tasted the same.
There seemed to be more selection the last time we were here. The waitresses kept bringing around the same stuff by the time we had finished the dumplings so we had to order directly from them if we wanted more dishes.
We ordered the deep fried taro dumpling (wu kok) and the fried radish cake (lor bak koh) which came at the same time. The taro dumpling was quite dark and had a stale oil taste – I think it was time for them to change the oil they are using for deep frying! The filling was nice though.
The fried radish cake was good as usual and came to us fresh and steaming hot, which made me think it was probably better to order so we get the dishes straight from the kitchen.
The baked mango sago pudding looked so good, but we went with the egg tarts and ordered straight from the waitress. They came to our table straight out the oven and the waitress warned us it was really hot. One of them was so swollen it looked like a egg yolk… until it cooled down and wrinkled! The egg tarts had the perfect puffy pastry and a firm, yet melt in the mouth egg custard which tasted divine while they were hot.
Overall: I definitely left with a better impression the first time we came here, though it may be due to ordering different things and coming for the late session when we normally go to the earlier one. I prefer to go to the early session because for one, the parking lot is empty! The prices had gone up slightly from last time but still cheaper than places closer to the city.
The best dish was the fried radish cake and the least favourite dish was the chicken pie.
Would I return? Probably, but not before I try other new places first!
Over & Out, Rilsta xx