Revisited on a Sunday and was really impressed. Arrived late at 2 PM (no dim sum after 3) and was not expecting much selection and assumed the dim sum carts would be full of picked over leftovers given the time. To my surprise, there was a full selection of tasty freshly made dim sum including all my favorites. Ive had dim sum in LA, San Francisco, and Hawaii and I dont think this dim sum needs to apologize to any of them.
For newbies, dim sum are the small plates of the Chinese culinary world and include steamed, fried and baked savory and sweet goodies such as sticky rice, dumplings, bow, cakes, and noodle dishes containing meats, seafood, veggies and other goodies. Dont come here expecting to order regular Chinese entrees although you can and they are excellent. You're here for the dim sum and youre sure to find things you like because the variety is so broad.
The carts come out from the kitchen and go round and round the tables, and diners just ask the server what items are there, and select what you want. You pay by the dish which usually 2-3 items unless they are bulk or noodle items and there are several price points for the different dim sum and your bill is calculated by tallying the number of each type of dish you get.
My favorites include steamed sticky rice with Chinese sausage wrapped in a leaf, pork ribs steamed with garlic and jalapeno, bow (steamed or baked dough with meat inside), gai lan (Chinese broccoli), steamed shiu mai dumplings), shrimp chow fun rice noodles, grilled turnip (actually daikon) cakes with pork, baked curry beef dumpling, and on and on. The adventurous can order things like juk (rice gruel), steamed chicken feet or beef tripe. Save room for sweet desserts such as sesame balls and sweet bean cakes, sweet custards and fruit tarts.
Cart ladies are great and try to explain each item although their English is sometimes limited. But you know you're getting authentic, right?
You can easily eat on $10-$15 per person if sticking to water or tea for refreshment and still take home leftovers. Drink lots of hot tea to buffer your stomach because some of the steamed items can get a little greasy. Enjoy!
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