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‘People queue up here for a reason’, according to one of Joy King Lau’s regular customers, & that is for the cavalcade of trusty dim sum – inexpensive, tasty & served up without any
fiddle-faddle in a vintage Chinatown setting. Steamed delights include prawn har gau, Shanghai dumplings, prawn cheung fun, roast pork bun & pork ribs; then there are fried chicken’s feet,
grilled chive cakes, squares of turnip paste & crispy won tons. By night, the four floors resound with groups munching their way through plates of crispy ‘seaweed’, sesame prawn toasts, hot
& sour soup, chicken with cashew nuts & other mainstream fare. Better to come at the weekend for brunch with a few friends, order dumplings galore, then ‘sit back & watch as the bamboo
baskets stack up’.
Joy King Lau has been on my hit list and I decided to head down one week day with an ex colleague of mine whom also shares the same deep love for a dim sum fix. Arriving around 12:20 it was already near to full and around 90% of the diners were Asian - surely this is only a good sign?! I am told that on weekends a large queue forms so it's best to get there early. Reviews have been mixed, mainly due to the staff seeming unfriendly however, on this occasion, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful when ordering...
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