|Grilled squid cake 墨魚餅 (front) & Paper wrapped prawn 紙包蝦 (back)|
|Yam paste w/dried meat 芋角 (left) & Cha siu pork puff 叉燒酥 (right)|
|Fish balls & turnip 魚蛋豬皮蘿蔔|
|King prawn cheung fun 鮮蝦腸粉|
Service was efficient and the damage came to £42 for nine dim sum dishes, a bowl of wonton noodles, tea and service – a mere £14/head. When ordering, don't be intimidated by the Chinese language-only dim sum ticksheet, as the numbers on it match up to a bilingual menu. The décor isn't going to win any design awards but I don't think the clientele really care.
However, words can't really convey the way I feel about Tai Tung. The thing is as I get older, I find myself getting increasingly nostalgic and sentimental (cue wistful Oasis B-side) and there was something about this restaurant's old school charm that touched my heart. And it wasn't just me; all around the dining room was the sight of friends and families, old and young, all having a great time. Or as the Chinese might say: 高興熱鬧, which is what dim sum is all about. So if you can get to Croydon easily then do pop into Tai Tung.
Tai Tung Chinese Restaurant, Wing Yip Centre, 544 Purley Way, Croydon, CR0 4RF
(Tel: 020-8688-3668) Nearest rail: Waddon
Earlier in this post I alluded to Tai Tung's dim sum selection as being old fashioned. That was an observation, not a criticism. However, being the foodie trainspotter that I am, I do like to check out the latest trends in dim sum.
|Baked cha siu bao 叉燒餐包仔|
|Baked custard buns 奶黃菠蘿包|
For a review covering my first couple of visits to Princess Garden, please click here.