^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Donut Patrol: Dim Sum Sesame Rolls

Hot sesame balls, with their chewy pastry exterior and sweet gooey sweetened bean filling, taste like Chinese jelly doughnuts. We often ask for two orders of hot sesame balls when we first sit down at the table for a dim sum brunch. The sweetened bean-filled sesame balls are so popular at some Chinese restaurants, they never make it to your table.

At Fung's Kitchen on Southwest Freeway, I have seen eager adolescents ambush the dim sum carts just outside the swinging kitchen doors in order to snatch the hot sesame balls the second they leave the kitchen. But there was no need for a special order this Sunday at Ocean Palace in Hong Kong City Mall. We showed up at 10 a.m. and were among the first couple of dozen people seated.

While sesame balls are usually filled with sweetened red beans, the order we got at Ocean Palace was mixed. Some of the sesame rolls were filled with red beans and some were filled with sweetened yellow beans. I think I like the lighter, tarter yellow bean filling better.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.