Imperial Pot, Solaris Dutamas

Solaris Dutamas is fast becoming a hot spot for all foodies alike. Be it Tapas, Eggy Breakfasts, Pizzas, Burgers, Sushi, Vegetarian delights, Hokkien Mee, Cakes, Roti Canai; If you crave for something, chances are you are going to find it there. If you manage to figure your way around the buildings, that is. Solaris Dutamas/Publika can be quite a maze at times. There are now two all day Dim Sum restaurants there too, one being the pork free New Shanghai Legend and the latest addition with plenty of oinking: Imperial Pot.

Eyecatching interior with oriental theme.
Eyecatching interior with oriental theme.

No, the name does not imply some marijuana for the Royalty (although wouldn’t that be interesting?), it simply refers to their signature “Teapot Soup”.

Nutritious Herbal Pork Soup
Nutritious Black Chicken Soup 药材乌鸡茶汤 RM8.80 (same price for all soup)

The soup is served with a tiny teacup so it’s recommended that you down in one. All the soup were cooked with care (made fresh everyday) and the pots are packed with ingredients. My favourite is the Herbal Pork Soup that is incredibly aromatic with warming properties.

Here you can see the pot is filled with meat + Chinese herbs
Here you can see the pot is filled with meat + Chinese herbs 十全大补茶汤

With all that soup to pique our appetite, we were then served with the first dim sum item, which was rather unique with a Japanese twist.

Unagi Puff in BBQ sauce
Unagi Puff in BBQ sauce 烧汁鳗鱼酥 RM12.80 for 2pcs

Nestled in a fluffy puff pastry case, the unagi delivered a burst of flavours. I would prefer the puff pastry to be slightly crispier but that’s not a big issue.

Enoki Mushroom wrapped in Bacon
Enoki Mushroom wrapped in Bacon 金包银 RM6.80

This is another Japanese inspired dish, and I ain’t going to complain about it. I’ve done this at home a few times and they are always a huge hit. Steaming it makes the bacon all tender and lovely. Besides mushrooms, they also added pork ‘paste’ within the roll for that extra meatiness. Delicious.

Charcoal Grilled Skin Prawn Dumpling Har Kau
Steamed Bah Kut Teh Xiao Long Baos 肉骨茶小笼包 RM8.80

This is the first time I’ve seen Bah Kut Teh broth used in soup dumplings and I think it’s a great combination. I just wish there was more broth in it and the skin to be a bit thinner, then they will be just perfect.

Leopard Skin Prawn Dumpling (Har Kau) 斑点虾饺皇
Leopard Skin Prawn Dumpling (Har Kau) 斑点虾饺皇 RM6.80

These might be better named as Dalmation Dumplings but people might get the wrong idea (only a very very minority of Chinese eat dogs, ok?). I’m not a huge fan of Har Kau in general so it didn’t wow me much. However the texture of the filling was good.

Charcoal Grilled Skin Prawn Dumplings
Charcoal Grilled Skin Prawn Dumplings 灰姑娘虾饺皇 RM6.80

The current trend is to put bamboo charcoal powder in absolutely everything. I prefer this than the one before (so following the black trend does work), but I think it would be nice if the skin was coloured with squid ink instead. At least it will bring the extra ocean flavour to the prawn filling.

Egg custard in Charcoal skin.
Egg custard in Charcoal skin 竹炭流沙包 RM6.80

Lookie another one with charcoal powder. But these Egg custard buns were beyond fantastic. Imagine the piping hot salted egg runny custard bursting out when you tear the bun open.


Oh my. This is almost obscene, in a very, very good way. These babies are right on the money.

Oinky Custard Bun
Oinky Custard Bun 奶王猪仔包 RM6.80

These super cute oinky buns literally paled in comparison as the filling was a bit drier and one-dimensional in taste. I suggest for them to just fill these with the same custard as above.

Hong Kong style steamed rice roll with crispy meat floss
Hong Kong style steamed rice roll with crispy meat floss 香港肉丝炸两 RM6.8

I always love to order Cheong Fun whenever I’m having Dim Sum and who can resist this sexy looking Char Leong (ie Cheong Fun filled with Chinese Crullers), especially when they were topped with the umami pork floss? I enjoyed this tremendously.

Fresh prawns in organic red rice roll
Fresh prawns in organic red rice roll 鲜虾红米肠 RM8.80

I didn’t get to try this one as they were gone too quickly.

Stir fried Hong Kong Kai Lan RM10.80
Stir fried Hong Kong Kai Lan 香港芥兰 RM10.80

The all important greens for the vege intake, and they do these quite well. I think I had at least half the plate of this.

Deep Fried avocado roll with crispy silk wrap RM7.80
Deep Fried avocado roll with crispy silk wrap 龙须牛油果 RM7.80 for 3pcs

Here comes another highlight of the day. It’s no secret that I love avocado and this is such a refreshing way to enjoy the nutritious fruit. Here the avocado is mashed, seasoned (sweet), wrapped in Kataifi pastry and deep fried. Be careful as they come piping hot. Consume too quickly and you’ll risk losing the skin on the roof of your mouth. Personally I think this is their best dish and must try if you are a first timer… heck, everytime, even.

Salted Egg Prawns.
Salted Egg Prawns 咸蛋黄炸虾 RM20.80 for full portion

I believe you can coat most things in salted egg yolk and they will taste amazing. Prawn lovers will enjoy this and I like getting the yolk bits off the shell. This is part of their dinner menu.

Tau Foo Fah (Soy Bean Pudding)
Tau Foo Fah (Soy Bean Pudding) 山水豆腐花 RM4.80

A simple is nice to finish off a rather heavy meal. They don’t have my favourite Mango pudding so this was served to us. I find the texture to be on the gritty side (just need to pass through the cheese cloth another time I guess) and there’s a peculiar sourish after taste to it. But ginger syrup is fantastic. Hopefully they can improve this as I do love a good Tau Foo Fah.

Will I go back again? Definitely for the Deep fried avocado and Lau Sar Buns. They also offer a variety of main dishes with reasonable prices.

Imperial Pot
A1-UG1-03 Solaris Dutamas (facing the main road, same side as Papparich/Nasi Kandar Bestari/Edo Ichi but a floor up),
No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
(603) 6412 6188
(603) 6412 6288
Opens daily: 9:30am – 9:30pm (rest time 3-5.30)

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Baby Sumo says:

    OMG there is char leung here?? It is almost impossible to find in KL!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Well now you know! 😀

  2. suituapui says:

    Fusion, Chinese-Japanese. Everything looks great, different from all the rest. Avocado roll? Ooooo…I love avocado!

    1. kellysiew says:

      This place has great potential, I’ll gladly bring my friends to try it out!

  3. The Yum List says:

    Oh my, the egg bun has me drooling. 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      It was just the best. Gosh.

  4. very creative dim sums!! and that orgasmic egg custard bun… makes me drool!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Very unassuming exterior until you tear it, then the custard just splurt out lol

  5. oooo, gosh, that looks like the perfect egg custard bun! i’d happily devour all three pieces in that serving 😀 it’s cool that imperial pot seems to be doing quite well so far, despite being on a corridor of solaris dutamas that not many customers would walk past. i guess that’s the power and attraction of interesting, well-prepared and reasonably priced food! 😀

    1. kellysiew says:

      At least it is easily seen from the main road. Finding it is another issue, haha.

  6. sycookies says:

    Looks like the avocado is getting quite some reputation…I shall drop them a visit this Sunday! =)

  7. Ohhhh I like the look of everything here and it’s quite unique I don’t think I’ve had charcoal buns before! and also the unagi puff yum!

    1. kellysiew says:

      The charcoal don’t add much to the buns but I’m sure you had buns with runny salted egg custard before?

      1. Yeah I have they’re my favourite just not charcoal ones lol

  8. Hey they copied those piggies! They started in Sydney I think! The ones in sydney are filled with black sesame .. sooo good!

    1. kellysiew says:

      The piggy buns are everywhere now. I don’t know where it started haha.

  9. stella says:

    I love custard bun! Piggies are cute but they should be filled w char Siew I think! Do they do normal traditional her gao n Siew mai too? I gotta go there if only for custard bun fix.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah we did mention char siew seems to be more suitable in an oinky bun. They do serve regular har Kai and siew mai there. We can go together! Haha

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