Review: King Wok Dim Sum

Dim sumThere is not enough dim sum in Cincinnati. Dim sum, for the unfamiliar, is basically Chinese tapas– small plates, perfect for sharing. In many places, there’s a cart and you pick and choose what you’d like. At King Wok, you look at the menu and hope for the best. When Jeff and I headed to King Wok on Sunday, we had plenty of wins– and a couple of misses. We ordered:

  • Incredible crispy duck– purely duck in flavor with good, crispy skin.
  • salt and pepper short ribs that, while difficult to eat with chopsticks, were one big ball of umami.
  • scallop dumplings, also delicious
  • char siu bao– steamed buns filled with barbecued pork.  These could have been really good, but were instead pretty dry.  Disappointing.
  • beef and shrimp fun rolls– not fun.  The rice flour wrappers were gummy and gelatinous, but the beef filling was very good.
  • baby squid– so good!  just little, slightly chewy-tender bites you pop in your mouth.  Visually appealing? Maybe not. But surprisingly delicious.
  • spring rolls– standard, but good.
  • Hong Kong dumplings– filled with pork and perfectly pan-fried.  Loved these.
I think that’s all we had (see some more pictures below).  Dim sum is a great meal for a group, as you can get multiple small plates and everyone can sample.  We ended up paying about $50 with tip for the two of us, so it’s not terribly expensive (and we each had a ton of leftovers).
Another option for dim sum in town is Grand Oriental in Mason, and I believe Szechuan Bistro does it as well.  Any others?

 

Dim sum

Dim sum

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