After all the upheavals and renovations in Paphos old town last year, it’s good to see the green shoots of recovery starting to emerge and Dim Sum Yum is one such shoot. The recently-opened restaurant occupies a small shop on the corner of Aphroditis and Miaouli Streets where the minimalist decor reminiscent of street Dim Sum cafés in China with low wooden stools and a central communal table.
The tradition of eating dim sum can be traced back to ancient Chinese travellers who broke their journey along the Silk Road to have tea and eat these small, bite-sized delicacies – commonly referred to as dumplings.
Chef Sugen Maolon knows his business and has imported a genuine Dim Sum steamer from China, complete with bamboo baskets with which to cook and serve. He has cooked Dim Sum for many years in places as varied as Dubai, Singapore and Moscow. He brings with him an eye for detail and a commitment to producing excellent food, buying all his ingredients locally and fresh on a daily basis with seafood naturally featuring prominently on the menu, as well as pork, veal and chicken.
My two friends came with an appetite so we ordered a party dim sum mix and a veggie mix basket as well. The dumpling basket showcases dim sum at its best, with prawn ha kao, veal sie lung pao, chicken sio may and pork dim sum. The veggie basket contains three vegetable gyoza and two spinach dumplings. The dumplings were piping hot and full of flavour. They are served with a choice of homemade ginger soy or chilli dip sauce.
In addition, from the ‘very special’ menu, we ordered the duck bbq bun which came as two pieces. With three at the table we almost fell out over who should eat them as the lucky eater explained it was “love at first bite” – a wonderful combination of roasted Peking duck, cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce in an open pancake style dumpling. The combination of flavours and textures melted in the mouth and it was declared the highlight of our meal.
As the miniature masterpieces disappeared very quickly from the presentation basket, we all felt that dessert was a must and enjoyed custard buns which are dumplings filed with custard. Compared to the flavours in every bite of the main course, these lacked punch, but were a soft ending to the meal.
In accordance with Chinese tradition the meal was accompanied by vanilla tea. The drinks here are restricted to traditional drinks such as Beer Tsingtao and Japanese Wine as well as soft drinks to enable you to have as much of an authentic experience of dim sum as you can, while sitting in the middle of the old town in Paphos.
If you have never tried dim sum I would highly recommend Dim Sum Yum to experience the vast array of flavours. One of my fellow diners had enjoyed dim sum many times and she thought the food was of the highest quality and very authentic. With limited seating, I would advise getting there early and enjoying the food, but Dim Sum Yum is not really designed as a destination restaurant – more of a stop-off in between the wine bars and coffee houses during your meanderings around this picturesque old town of Paphos.
SPECIALTY Dim sum
WHERE Dim Sum Yum, 10, Afroditis & Miaouli, 8015, Paphos
WHEN Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm.
PRICE from €2.50 to €25 for a large basket
CONTACT 96 102909