Las Vegas: Dim Sum at Hong Kong Cafe
On my last day in Las Vegas, we headed to find something to eat at the Palazzo. We needed something quick and thought dim sum sounded like an option. As it turns out, Hong Kong Cafe does need about 20 minutes to steam up your dim sum delights.
No matter, we picked out a few dumplings and away we went.
I feel no dim sum is complete without the classic siu mai and har gow. The pork dumplings were very juicy while the crystal shrimp were fine. The pork dumplings were probably my favorite that day.
Maybe I’m just used shrimp dumplings that have mega huge shrimp in ’em these days. And with Vegas prices, you feel like you need overstuffed dumplings. Still, they had decent wrappers and we had other food coming.
I actually did like the shrimp rolls though. The ha cheung fun reminded me of the versions you’d get from Chinese dim sum palaces in LA in the 80s and 90s. Not too fancy and just right.
I foolishly ordered the xiao long bao thinking how bad could these Shanghai soup dumplings be? Well, they lacked soup and so the meatball was just rolling around in this loose skin. You can imagine what I thought of when I saw them.
I’m always down for veggies but immediately regretted the mixed steamed veggies when I saw a plate of gai lan (Chinese broccoli — not listed on the menu!) go by. Ah well, the more you know…
If you should stray from the dim sum, Hong Kong Cafe does have a huge menu featuring Cantonese specialties but also other Asian comfort food like laksa soup. I also eyed the Hainanese chicken rice but knew I was a short flight home and I could have three plates for the price of one in Vegas.
Oh, but the laksa? Yes, I’d order this again. I did get my shrimp fix in this bowl.
Hong Kong Cafe at the Palazzo3325 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 — (702) 607-7777
© The Minty 2016