On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 2:00, Ding How II offers dim sum. They also offer a "regular" Chinese menu at other times and during the dim sum times. I have eaten off of their regular menu and it is good, but not that different from any other competent Chinese restaurant you may venture into. The jewel of Ding How II is the dim sum.
The space is dark and a little worn and disheveled. However, it is also clean and comfortable.
Among the many dishes we sampled were the following. First, we tried crispy shrimp dumplings which had an almost airy, fried pastry crust.
|Pork dumplings (buns) on the left, and shrimp dumplings on the right|
Next, we tried vegetables and mushrooms wrapped in a tofu skin wrapper with a black bean sauce. It tasted similar to a soggy eggroll, but in the best possible way. The mushrooms lent an subtle, earthy taste, similar to the taste of shitake mushrooms.
|Vegetables and mushrooms in tofu skin wrapper with black bean sauce|
One of the weirdest items on the menu is the chicken feet. They are served coated with a sweet sauce. While I enjoy chicken feet, they are truly a challenge to eat gracefully. If you are an adventurous eater, I highly recommend trying them. While difficult to eat, the reward is tender meat accompanied by the tasty sweet sauce.
Overall, I highly recommend Ding How II for dim sum for the delicious dishes, the adventure to be had, and the excitement of sampling among a multitude of choices.
Beware, the crowds, especially on Sundays, can be outrageous. Get there early to beat the crowds and to ensure they don't run out of any dishes.
Ding How II
4800 Whitesburg Dr., Ste. 10
Huntsville, AL 35802