|Dim sum at Asian Court|
With the loss of our beloved Red Pearl two years ago, Asian Court in Ellicott City is the dim sum options for Howard County. That's not too shabby since it is probably the best dim sum option in the Baltimore region.
They do a good job, and they attract a crowd that looks like they know dim sum. We work through dumplings, sticky rice, steamed pork buns, Chinese broccoli and another half-dozen standards. I am still trying to figure out all the other options -- like soups, maybe congee, and the noodles dishes that I didn't see until I was full.
On our last trip, we brought my parents and filled a table with terrific items. I love all the dumplings, especially the shrimp shu mai with sweet huge shrimp in a translucent wrapper. I always order a vegetable plate to balance out the meat and dough. The only disappointment were spare ribs that were just too dried and not flavorful enough. I wish we had ordered the duck or roast pork instead.
|Required dessert: Sesame balls|
Can anyone suggest dishes to order off Asian Court's regular menu?
I have never eat there for dinner, but the quality of the dim sum -- and the flow of Chinese spoken by diners -- suggests that Asian Court should have something interesting on its regular menu. Anything authentic? Anything delicious? I'd love any recommendations.
If you go for dim sum, don't be frightened away by a line at the entrance. Asian Court is big, and it moves parties along. No one studies the menu at dim sum. They eat right away. They turn tables. On our last visit, the entry was packed, but we sat in 10-15 minutes. You eat almost immediately.