The New Year isn’t officially rung in until a group of us makes an annual pilgrimage that began about 15 years ago, to our favorite Dim Sum restaurant, King’s Garden. Founded in 1981 by chef David Kwong, the menu is authentic Dim Sum and traditional Chinese dishes, as well as an American Chinese menu. Chef Kwong was raised in Hong Kong (HK). He began his cooking career at age 17 and trained in HK, Taiwan and China.
Our staple annual dishes pictured above are (clockwise): top center is steamed chives and shrimp dumpling, pan fried water chestnut cake, steamed shrimp dumpling, steamed beef dumpling, steamed chives and shrimp, steamed Chinese broccoli. Some dishes are served one or two at a time, and others are served in groups, though they are separate orders. Not pictured is our new addition: chao chow dumpling, full of flavor with peanuts, garlic, pork and vegetables.
Dim Sum prices are reasonable and our dishes ranged between $3.05 to $3.25 per order which usually has three to five pieces per order. For five people, we ordered two of 11 different dishes and we were quite full. We’re not sure why, but everything tasted more flavorful than usual, especially the pork and pan fried water chestnut cakes. And the hot sauce was on fire!
The ambiance is a simple, casual family style that hasn’t changed much since it opened. Very well kept, with excellent food, including Chinese baked goods, there’s no need for much else to enhance the dining experience.
It’s also a great location to hear Chinese and practice a few phrases in preparation for Chinese New Year and the springtime Dragon Boat races in Pawtucket!