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Dim Sum Equation

In Food, Hong Kong on February 20, 2011 by triotriotrio

The air was filled with steam. The setting was a local restaurant near our apartment that has a reputation for excellent dim sum. It was an early Sunday morning and the place was packed. Exposed electrical wiring and unprotected fan blades mingle with a discerning crowd who care less about aesthetic appearance and more about the quality of the food. Young, old and everyone in-between sit at tightly packed tables with no-back stools.

I thought to myself that this was a far cry from the glimmering city center of Hong Kong, even though we sit only two miles away. No glossy menus in Cantonese and English here, in fact there are no menus. All the selections are chosen according to the Chinese characters on the wall. No pictures whatsoever. I have learned that when in a new country, the first words that one should learn are yes, no, and how to order a meal. We came equipped with only four words, more on that later …

The nerve center of this humble place is a fish bowl cubicle filled high to the ceiling with bamboo baskets. The steam vapors billowing from the grill combined a sundry grouping of odd appliances gives the impression that this place has been assembled by using every spare that the owner could get his hands on. Behind this scene stands a middle age man who manages to cook all the food, take screaming orders from the crowd and make change on the side. He is truly a master.

Har Gow: Shrimp + Light Dumpling = Delicious

Tender chucks of chopped shrimp fill these tender dumplings. They are paper-thin. How does something so delicate hold in all that goodness? They are served in a steaming bowl. The usual accompaniments of dark vinegar and soy sauce are available. I try a spicy red sauce. Great. We have two orders. Next please.

Siu Mai: Minced pork + Egg pastry = Masterpiece

These little pockets of goodness are hard to describe. I imagine that it was the little things that go into this dish that make it exceptional. In the same way one may have a secret ingredient to their favorite dish, the dim sum stands on a long tradition of people making exceptional food and passing on that knowledge to the next generation.

Four little words. One unforgettable breakfast.  I told Jennifer if we learn four words each week then by year’s end we should be sitting pretty. BTW: For anyone thinking of visiting us – this will be stop number 1

*** Total cost of breakfast HK $46 – that is around $6.50 US – awesome! ***

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4 Responses to “Dim Sum Equation”

  1. Sounds fabulous. I had dim sum in DC on Friday….got a feeling it is not quite the same!

  2. Incredible! I am envious because of the complete lack of proper dim sum in DC. I can’t wait to visit!

  3. i hope you are taking notes so when you come home, you can wow your family with tasty treats!

  4. Yum!

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