The Ala Moana Shopping Center has so many places to eat. One of those places is Jade Dynasty Seafood which is located at Ho`okipa Terrace on the fourth floor.
JP and I went to Jade Dynasty for dim sum on a weekday. Unlike some places where there are rolling carts, the dim sum is prepared to order. The dim sum here is Hong Kong style with many choices.
The menu has photos of the dim sum and descriptions to help you decide what to order. The photos aren’t exact. Even though the photo did not show any sesame seeds on the chicken curry puff, there were sesame seeds on the ones that we were served. If you are allergic to sesame seeds, be sure to alert the waiter.
The restaurant was packed at 1 p.m. and when we left, there were people waiting. JP got the last table. We ordered the rice roll with prawns ($5.50), signature shrimp dumplings ($3.50), chicken curry puff ($3.50), snow mountain char siu bun ($3.50), steamed dumpling chiu chow style ($3.50), and the egg custard tart ($2.95).
In hindsight, we ordered too many shrimp dishes. The wrapper of the shrimp dumplings was mushy and overcooked. The rice roll was okay. I’ve had better sauces for the rice roll at other restaurants.
My faves were the snow mountain char siu bun which is a Jade Dynasty specialty, the steamed chiu chow style dumpling and the egg custard tart. The snow mountain bun is sweet and complements the char siu which was meaty with very little fat. The filling of the chiu style dumpling was very tasty with water chestnuts and the wrapper tender and cooked perfectly. The custard was not overly sweet with the flakiest crust.
The dim sum at Jade Dynasty is inconsistent and more expensive than other places. I would eat there again but would skip the signature shrimp and rice roll with prawns.