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?

 

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10 thoughts on “Review: King Wok Dim Sum”

  • We love Uncle Yip’s (my Chinese co-worker says that the only Chinese restaurant in Cincinnati she would consider going to) and love the food their, but the last visit was disappointing.  They were somewhat busy on a Sunday evening and it took forever to get our food.  Several tables that came in after us were being served their food which is always annoying.  But I kept thinking, we ordered the crispy duck and it must take a little longer to get it just right.  Well Mr. Crispie Duck came with a thick, rubbery, and inedible skin.  Mr. Fatty Flabby Duck.  I even asked the waitress to make sure they knew we really wanted it extra crispy, but then she probably didn’t understand what I said.  There can be a language difficulties there at times.

    But our green beans were also limp and cold.  Our dinner had obviously sat for a long time before it was delivered.

    Hoping that was just a one time blip as I really like Uncle Yip’s.

  • Completely agree on the char siu bao – epic fail on those. But I LOVED the scallion buns (second pic from bottom).

  • Completely agree on the char siu bao – epic fail on those. But I LOVED the scallion buns (second pic from bottom).

  • Sorry, here’s the correct link about Jan’s Chinese:  http://eatinginspanglish.blogspot.com/2010/10/dim-sum-la-version-china-de-las-tapas.html

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