The advantage of not using carts at dim sum, as I’ve mentioned in some of my Vancouver dim sum posts, is that when you order, dishes can be steamed or fried to order. So when I heard that Duk Li, a new dim sum place in the ID was using the checklist order form, I was psyched. I had actually set out to try Szechuan Noodle Bowl, but that is closed on monday, and this was right down the street. Unfortunately for me, while Duk Li has you order off the sheet, everything is premade and precooked. I ordered a good variety of stuff. The pork and egg congee was definetly old, missing the glutinous factor and acting more like rice soup. The flavor of the pork had a strange metallicness to it. I poured in a lot of hot sauce and made it a little ways through the bowl. Among the better options was the sticky rice dumpling. I didn’t know what to expect and I’m not sure where the sticky rice fit in, but the thing was basically an empty deep fried shell, but with a somewhat glutinous texture to the shell. Odd, but very good. The baked green onion bun was a similar success, flaky and slightly sweet.
Then things took a turn for the worse. Ordering the cilantro rice roll was probably my mistake, as beef or chicken rice rolls would have at least had flavor, but the strange texture of the rice made me think this was not its first time being steamed…The most dissapointing, however, may have been the taro cake. For years I was a turnip cake kind of girl, but recently, after a delicious taro cake, I’ve changed my ways. Expecting the usual flat square, pan fried cake, I ordered it. First of all, this cake was HUGE. It had been molded in a soup bowl or something. Second of all, it had not been fried, just steamed, so the whole thing had a gelatinous texture and lacked the flavor that the frying adds. Last of all there was cinnamon or some sort of spice that totally crashed and burned with the natural spice of the taro. I ate about one bite.
The whole thing was about $7, which really isn’t that much, especially since I easily ordered enough food for two people. Unfortunately when you consider I had to get more food shortly after because I couldn’t eat most of this…it adds up.
I did go on a monday. And they’ve only been open a short time. But I will be waiting for many confirmed good visits before I try this place again.