Oriental Pearl

A while ago, I joined the Buford Highway Foodies Meetup on Meetup.com and commenced lurking. Finally, the stars and schedules aligned and I joined the group for Dim Sum the weekend after Thanksgiving at Oriental Pearl in Chamblee.

oriental Pearl Dim Sum

Longtime readers may recall the basic concepts of dim sum from our posts about the Canton House or the lack of them at the terrible Dim Sum Heaven.

Oriental Pearl interior

Oriental Pearl cartOriental Pearl cartFor the rest of you, dim sum is a traditional chinese style of small-plate cuisine. In dim sum joints, carts of steaming hot food are wheeled around the place and you select food for your table as you wish. The size of your plate (typically large vs. small, which roughly translates to portions enough for 2-3 people vs. 3-5 people) is marked on a sheet of paper kept at your table and what you owe is tallied at the end.

Oriental Pearl cart

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Cha siu bao – baked barbecue pork buns.

Adam and I had a great time meeting everyone who came and getting a better understanding of what this whole Meetup thing is all about. Everyone was very nice and we shared some interesting conversation while all pounding through an impressive amount of food!

This post will essentially be a dim sum food photo essay, since it’s nigh impossible to keep up with absolutely everything hitting the table, and there’s no menu to reference for specific details anyway.

Enjoy! I’ll see you on the other side with our final thoughts…

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Buford Highway Foodies

Squid!

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Jin deui with red bean paste.

Atlanta Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Lo mai gai – glutinous rice with meat inside, all wrapped in lotus leaves.

Chinese Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Some type of tripe.

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Kai-lan.

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Crispy shrimp balls.

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

Silken tofu in green tea.

Dim Sum with Buford Highway Foodies

What we conquered as a group!

Dim Sum with Buford Highway FoodiesI think the pricing and quality are comparable to Canton House. In both cases, some things are made fresh and some things are surely pre-packaged frozen foods. Either way, it’s a great value for the money with the understanding that you’re probably not doing your health any favors, haha! I’ve had fancier dim sum at “fine dining” dim sum joints, and crappier, more pre-packaged dim sum at the aforementioned Dim Sum Heaven.

Oriental Pearl Dim Sum with Buford Highway FoodiesAt the moment (read: given that we’ve only been once), given the choice between Oriental Pearl and Canton House we’d probably choose Canton House because it’s more convenient and slightly nicer on the inside.

But you shouldn’t let that dissuade you from giving the Pearl a whack though, it’s probably still a 4-star joint compared to a regular old americanized chinese food place for fun with friends.

Oriental Pearl
5399 New Peachtree Rd
Chamblee, GA 30341

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emily

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2 Comments

  1. tanline says:

    Royal China around the corner on Chamblee Dunwoody is also a good Dim Sum place and one of our go to places for Dim Sum. Comparable to Oriental Pearl in atmosphere :)

    • emily says:

      Great! We need to try that and the one out in Duluth that everyone seems to love. We don’t have enough dim sum experience to be great judges :)

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