Dim Sum House – Disappointing Dim Sum

Originally opened in 2011, Dim Sum House is tucked away in a small Morrisville shopping center right down the street from the airport.  Operating like a typical dim sum restaurant, Dim Sum House runs carts full of small dishes around on weekends and has an individual ordering system during the week.  Dim Sum House also serves Hong Kong and Thai influenced dishes that are available to order off of their regular menu.  In addition to dining in, they offer delivery, takeout and even the option to preorder online.  Despite the many ways to obtain food from Dim Sum House, it’s evident from the food and service that they have undergone a couple of ownership changes since its beginning as the wait time and friendliness of staff has changed for the better, but the food has suffered immensely.

Dim Sum House - Sui Mai

Dim Sum House – Sui Mai

The two dim sum staples, sui mai (4 pieces for $3.55) and har gow (4 pieces for $3.55) were bland and forgettable.  The sui mai were quite large in size, but lacked significant flavor.  The har gow wrappers were so thin and sticky they ripped open when removed from their steamer tins.

Dim Sum House’s turnip cakes (3 pieces for $2.95) were lukewarm and pasty.  Comprised entirely from turnips without the usual lap cheong or scallion mixed in, they were quite bland, even with the added oomph of the soy-chili dipping sauce.

Dim Sum House - Har Gow

Dim Sum House – Har Gow

The pork turnovers (3 pieces for $2.95) showed promise as they were brought to the table with steam coming off of them, golden brown from the fryer.  As I took the first bite into the hot, crispy exterior, I only found myself filling with disappointment as I was biting into next to nothing.  There was maybe a pinch of pork filling in the dumplings and what was there tasted plain and unseasoned.

Usually one of our favorites, the stuffed tofu skin rolls (3 for $3.55) were a miss.  Again, the exterior was deceptively good looking only to find the inside filled with cabbage, carrots, celery and a smidgen of ground meat.  Most dim sum places fill their tofu skin rolls with ground meat and a touch of shredded vegetables.  This version was the complete opposite.  Even so, the filling and overall flavor was tasteless and unremarkable.

Dim Sum House - Stuffed Tofu Skin

Dim Sum House – Stuffed Tofu Skin

The one saving grace of this meal was the stuffed lotus leaf (2 wraps of sticky rice, $3.95).  This hearty dim sum dish is comprised of sticky rice and ground pork steamed in a lotus leaf until sweet, savory perfection.  The rice garnered the deliciously aromatic flavor from the lotus leaves without being overpowering.  The sticky rice and meat were seasoned well without the need to add any condiments.

Dim Sum House - Stuffed Lotus Leaf

Dim Sum House – Stuffed Lotus Leaf

Overall, I was extremely disappointed in this visit to the Dim Sum House.  Having eaten at Dim Sum House before and knowing how good their food was previously, I was sad to see how far downhill it has come.  Although it may be convenient for some people as the location is central to the airport, it’s worth the drive to Durham to have a better dim sum experience.

Dim Sum House - Turnip Cake

Dim Sum House – Turnip Cake

Address:  100 Jerusalem Dr #104, Morrisville, NC 27560
(919) 380-3087

Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @ChefTessaRD.


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