A few weeks ago, a few local bloggers and I
were invited down to Chung Ying Central to celebrate the launch of their new
Dim Sung Menu. I am a big food lover but I had never actually tried Dim Sung so
I was super excited to spend the evening trying out some new cuisine!
After getting a little bit lost on Colmore
Row, Natalie from Beauty Baking and Babbling and I arrived at Chung Ying Central to find a table filled with lovely Birmingham Bloggers already tucking
into some very snazzy looking oriental style cocktails!
It would be rude not to join them, so I
took a seat and swiftly ordered one of the Zodiac cocktails. Luckily for me, my
year of birth, ‘The Sheep’ sounded delicious described as “a sweet, long gin
based drink modelled on the British countryside with a blackberry and mint
garnish” – it was gorgeous and went down far too quickly!
Then it was time for the main event and
James Wong, the owner, and his team started bringing out a host of delicious
looking dishes for us to try.
We were treated to a whole range of Dim
Sung delights including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Cuttlefish Cake, Beef and
Ginger Dumplings, Deep Fried Baby Octopus and Chicken feet in Black Bean Sauce!
(You have to try everything once right?!). One of my favorites of the evening
(after a very enthusiastic recommendation from Chloe at Gastronomic Gorman!)
were the Char Sui buns. They were fluffy and delicious with some mouth watering
sticky Char Sui pork in the centre!
Some of the Dim Sum I couldn’t try as I am
allergic to seafood, but the others assured me that the dishes I couldn’t
sample were just as delicious – and strangely James was allergic to sea food
too! The food was gorgeous, tasted incredibly fresh with amazing flavour and
had a really authentic feel, it was also a great menu for me as I don’t eat
massive portions but love the chance to try a whole range of different foods –
After we were filled to the brim with yummy
Dim Sung, Chloe and I got the chance to catch up James. He told us the cutest
story about how Dim Sum was said to have originated. According to an ancient Chinese
love story, the Emperor used to bestow lavish feasts upon his beloved, however
she began to get concerned that she was getting a little bit too podgy! The
emperor then ordered his chefs to create tiny but still delicious dishes to
keep her happy and he presented them to her as little pieces of his heart
(which is, in fact, the English translation of dim sum!). It was such a nice
way to finish off the evening having a really nice chat with James and hearing
about how he came to own Chung Ying Central. I always think a big part of the
experience of eating in a restaurant is the service and James was as helpful,
friendly and charismatic as they come, which really topped off the evening!
I will definitely be heading back to Chung Ying Central soon to make my way through some more of the menu and since my
boyfriend is a big Chinese food lover and has just got a new job on Colmore Row
I suppose I will be taking him with me!
Have you ever tried Dim Sum?