What we had
Sweet, savoury, tongue tingling pork!
Making headlines all over social media these days is David’s Dangerously Delicious Char Siu so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on some too. They have two outlets; on Rosmead Place and at the One Galle Face Mall but they’re both only takeaway options for now so ordering off food delivery apps would be more convenient.
Char Siu is a Cantonese flavour preparation of barbequed meat, typically pork marinated in a sweet BBQ sauce and roasted. David’s serves up generous portions of this dish in pork and chicken varieties, so here’s our take on it.
Diving right in to their menu, for now they have three ways in which you can enjoy their char siu though, according to their site, the fourth option is coming soon.
Original Char Siu Pork (LKR 700)
The Original Char Siu Pork is a no-fuss, no-frills dish. Consisting of 150g of char siu pork garnished with green chilli and a side serving of cucumber, this dish would be perfect for a snack or as a bite dish for a boozy night. Flavour wise, the dish is actually pretty sweet and having a sweet pork dish may not be the most enjoyable experience for some but if you remove your Sri Lankan palette from the equation and are open to new experiences, this dish really hits the spot. The meat was oozing with flavour and the fatty bits were to die for. With some pieces including a little crackle to them, it was really a journey of texture and flavour.
Char Siu Chicken Rice Bowl (LKR 550)
The Char Siu rice bowl is actually the most appropriate dish on their menu for a Sri Lankan to enjoy simply because of the rice factor. Original chicken char siu served on a bed of white rice with sliced cucumber and a little hot sauce packet will be sure to chase away those rainy afternoon blues. The preparation was great, the meat was succulent, the portion was more than filling though it looks small, and once the hot sauce is drizzled on to the meat, it really packs a punch and brings a whole new flavour profile to the dish. It’s a great dish to indulge in and is a good way to treat yourself during lunch hour.
Char Siu Pork Kade Paan Sandwich (LKR 500)
The char siu pork kade paan is a meeting point for Sri Lankan and Cantonese cuisine. Slices of fresh cucumber and mountains of delicious pork char siu sandwiched between two slices of dara poranu paan really amalgamate two very different cultures and again, though a little sweet, we found this dish very satisfying. It’s of course, messy to eat, but the big portion of meat and bread with the crusts still intact, true kade paan style, was quite a treat. The pork, again, had incredible variation in texture and with the sauces and oils dripping from our sandwich, we can easily say we were happy (albeit now chubby) customers.
David’s Dangerously Delicious Char Siu is a novel concept that has blessed the shores of our sunny little island and we love it. The delivery is fast and neat and though the meat is on the sweet side, it’s definitely a one-a-week treat-yourself kinda place.
Tip – The Char Siu Rice Bowls are great to indulge in for lunch.