We concerntrated on the dim sum portion of the menu, excited to finally have these typical Cantonese small dishes available in Santa Cruz. We ordered the following: crispy mushroom dumplings, Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, steamed spareribs, and Shanghai pork dumplings. I thought the broccoli dish was good even though the sauce was a bit overpowering; my companion, who is Chinese, indicated that the sauce is not typically made with cornstarch, and using only oyster sauce would have made for a fresher tasting dish. The spareribs were tender and a bit bland. The crispy mushroom dumpling wasn't really a "dumpling" by definition, but an actual baked pastry; the mushroom filling was very good, not relying on a heavy sauce but the natural flavor of the mushrooms. The Shanghai pork dumplings took the show. My companion was very interested to experience how these were made, saying that the traditional manner includes an enjoyable burst of broth when biting into the steamed morsel filled with spiced pork. These did not disappoint, included the broth and were quite delicious. Overall, given that the typical clientelle in Santa Cruz would likely prefer more Americanized Chinese cuisine, the Dynasty dim sum dishes were tastey and of above average quality.
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