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REVIEW- OCEAN PALACE
Give Me Sum More
If you haven’t yet sampled the decadence and delight that is Dim Sum you must immediately cancel all your plans for this Friday or Saturday and go to Ocean Palace. Go alone, go with a date, go with your entire extended family but I insist that you go immediately upon reading this. Here is my exotic journey with Dim Sum that has been twice since repeated and has now become a weekly tradition.
On the Saturday we ventured to Dim Sum heaven it was midday and a hundred and five degrees with the heat index, the windows were rolled up tightly as we enjoyed our refrigerated air. While driving down this part of Bellaire its not unusual to see, well, the unusual. We passed many enticing international delis that turned our heads and stores selling items we hadn’t yet discovered. Ignored unsavory fellows hanging out on street corners but then suddenly something surprised me.
In the sweltering heat, on the side of busy Bellaire, in the Asian district, stood a little old Chinese lady. In front of her was a booth covered in Anticommunist posters and behind her one large banner saying "Sign up here to withdraw from the Communist Party." She stood there all alone, with no partakers, and even after we had finished our lunching she still remained in the heat waiting for someone to pay heed to her cause. This was quite an unusual site for a Native Houstonian to see in America.
Ocean Palace lies just a ways further by the Hong Kong Market. A grand two story mall, surrounded by a manmade blue dyed pond. In it grown tall lovely lotus flowers and swim lively koi and friendly tortoise. You walk through a grandiose entrance mimicking the forbidden city; each step bringing you further into this decadent world of excitement. Inside the somewhat shabby, overwhelmingly decorated building you are directed upstairs to a large dining hall. Here the fun begins.
Once seated women begin attacking with food at an inexhaustible pace. Not a word can I understand but what my ears can’t grasp my eyes translate. Everything looks so foreign yet so unbelievable delicious. I try steamed dumplings with shrimp and pork in them, tasty. Steamed clams in brown sauce, wonderful. Barbeque pork in a steamed rice cake, like eating heaven! Light and fluffy and sweet and the best thing ive had in weeks.
Cart after cart feverously comes by and I am helpless to resist choosing at least one dish from each. Every time another table chooses something I wonder, "What did they get? Is it better than what I’m having? I want it!" Then next thing I know my table is covered in steaming hot silver pans and plates. I eat the best red bean filled, tapioca flour sesame ball I’ve had in my life for dessert followed by a lotus filled one and finally with belly nearly hemorrhaging from goodness I ask for the check. Twenty dollars, and for two people!!! This is the cheapest meal I’ve had in my life! What is going on! I’m coming back tomorrow. And oh yeah, I did.
by Chef Natasha Treú
11215 Bellaire Blvd #D
Recommend Going any day but Sunday has the best choices and longest wait.
* Mon-Fri 10:30am-10pm
* Sat & Sun 9am-11pm
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Just our way of saying thanks.
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