It is virtually impossible to find dim sums in Basel, until recently I stumbled on the internet and found China restaurant ZEN in Zurich which serves Hong Kong Cantonese cuisine and authentic dim sum every day. On Sundays they have even more choices, since all dim sums are made in-house and required a lot of preparation time, that’s why it’s not possible to have all of them every day.
It took us an hour drive from Basel to get there but luckily the new motorway opened on the other side of Zurich enables us to avoid the traffic passing through Zurich City Centre. After lunch, you can have a nice stroll along the river side.
If you are used to having dim sums, you may think the dim sums I had today are pretty standard and traditional ones but living in Switzerland, this is already something. They are probably very special or even exotic for the Swiss here. I was so surprised that they would have chicken feet in black bean sauce, wonder who would try them except Chinese!!! Having said that I do have a French friend who told me that he likes our Chinese chicken feet.
Top left: Xiao Long Bao (小籠包), the size is smaller than the ones we usually have and does not contain the meat juice inside, I was told that the Swiss is not used to eating peeping hot food as the juice will burn their mouth, therefore they have modified to this version and it contains spinach juice which make green in color.
Top centre: Fried Tofu with Sweet & Sour Sauce (炸豆腐)
Top right: Bean Curd Sheet with Pork wrapped inside (腐皮卷)
Middle row left big: Steamed Rice Roll or Cheung Fan with Roast Pork (蜜汁叉燒腸粉)
Middle Upper right: Steamed Beef Balls (蒸牛肉球)
Middle Lower right: Ham Sui Kok (Savoury Pastry, 咸水角)
Bottom left: Chicken wrapped in Bamboo fungus (竹笙雞扎)
Bottom centre: Chiu Chow style Dumpling (潮洲粉稞)
Bottom right: Chicken feet in Black Bean Sauce (豉汁蒸雞腳)
China Restaurant ZEN, 怡和園
Im Sihlhof 1, 8134 Adliswi, Zürich, Switzerland
Opening hours (Tues – Sun):
11.30 a.m. – 15.00 p.m.
18.00 p.m. – 24.00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays