I was in Calgary for work reasons this weekend, and took advantage of it by having brunch with a good friend of mine. Since it was Mother’s Day and most places would be packed, we decided to head out for dim sum as seating is usually on a first come, first served basis.
She suggested Regency Palace, and as I’ve only eaten at a handful of places in town I readily agreed. We got there very early at 10 a.m., which was a good thing as the place started filling up quickly. The dim sum there is fairly standard with one exception; I fell in love with the curried baby squid. It comes served on a small bed of vermicelli noodles, which soaks up the curry sauce. The squid was probably some of the most tender tasting squid I’ve ever had. I would go back there just for this dish. Yum! Sorry, no pictures. I was too busy stuffing my face.
Another interesting part of the restaurant is the buffet where you can take your dim sum card and pick up some of the more traditional dim sum dishes like ha gow and sui mai, as well as dan tat (custard egg tarts) and coconut jello. At the side counter, you can get fried lo bhat gow (daikon radish cakes), wah teep (fried pork dumplings), and gai lan (chinese broccoli). The gai lan was the only really disappointing dish as they hadn’t cooked it quite long enough. Just a little bit longer and it would have been crispy but cooked through, rather than being slightly raw.
I’m still thinking about that squid. Mmmmm.
3rd floor, Dragon City Mall
4th Ave SE and Centre Street South