Pattaya Thai & Chinese Restaurant
Every time I return home after a long period of time away, whether it’s from university or work, Dad always likes to treat me by taking me out for food. If we were going for dinner we would usually go to Fans (see review) on Dame St. and for lunch, Pattaya because of their Dim Sum! Pattaya is another one of Dublin’s Chinese restaurants where they serve authentic Chinese cuisine, more importantly they do delicious dim sum. We would usually have a selection of dim sum and noodles for lunch. Some of my favourites would include:
Shrimp Dumpling (蝦餃 ha gaau): A delicate steamed dumpling with whole or chopped-up shrimp filling and thin wheat starch skin.
Shaomai (燒賣 siu maai): Small steamed dumplings with either pork, prawns or both inside a thin wheat flour wrapper. Usually topped off with crab roe and mushroom.
Phoenix talons (鳳爪 fung zao): These are chicken feet, deep fried, boiled, marinated in a black bean sauce and then steamed. This results in a texture that is light and fluffy (due to the frying), while moist and tender. Fung zau are typically dark red in color. One may also sometimes find plain steamed chicken feet served with a vinegar dipping sauce. This version is known as “White Cloud Phoenix Talons” (白雲鳳爪, baak wan fung jaau).
Sou (酥 sou): A type of flaky pastry. Char siu is one of the most common ingredient used in dim sum style sou. Another common pastry seen in restaurants are called “Salty Pastry” (鹹水角 “haam sui gok”) which is made with flour and seasoned pork.
Turnip cake (蘿蔔糕 lo baak gou): cakes are made from mashed daikon radish mixed with bits of dried shrimp and pork sausage that are steamed and then cut into slices and pan-fried.
This restaurant is large which gives it a roomy and airy feel. The decor is all very oriental as most of the materials were imported direct from China. Service is good and the waiting staff are very helpful. Remember to ask for the “other” menu if you feel adventurous and would like to try some authentic Chinese food. Please do be afraid to try new things and the staff are there to recommend. Who better to get advice on Chinese food than Chinese people!
9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
+353 (0)1 413 8870 | Menu