Earlier this week I wrote a post called The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread about how the early Chinese restaurants cleverly adapted their food offering to suit the English palate.
During my research for my blog it amused me no end to find that in the 1950’s and 60’s the average diner in the provinces expected bread and butter as standard, even with a Chinese meal. Strange then today to experience my first Chinese afternoon tea, not with the traditional sandwiches, but a perfectly curated dim sum selection moving from savoury through to sweet. How far I had come in a week!!
Le Chinoise is situated on the first floor of the Millennium Hotel, Sloane Street and is authentically decorated, but lacked atmosphere due to the quietness of the hour – 1pm on an Easter Tuesday.
The dim sum, consisting of 9 different elements, were beautifully displayed on an art deco style tiered plate. For me, the highlights were the Crispy Chicken Sticks, a handful of ultra thin goujons expertly seasoned with salt and pepper to bring out the full flavour of the chicken. The Crispy Scallop Rolls, deep fried spun noodles, reminiscent of chip shop scraps, came a close second and childhood memories of my Friday night treat on the way home from Girl Guides came flooding back!
The sweet, gooey Pork Buns oozing with BBQ sauce were a step too far for my afternoon tea buddy, but I liked the way they complimented the under sweetness of the Red Bean and Pandan Mochi Cake, which our waiter assured us tasted like chocolate, but we both begged to differ!!
The dim sum selection was washed down with a crisp Bellini and plentiful amounts Jasmine Tea; the palate cleansed with fresh Mango slices before exiting for our respective trains – our hunger satisfied, but not abused!