If you’ve never tried dim sum before, boy are you missing out!
Dim sum is a brunch originating from Southern parts of China. In many metropolitan areas (especially coastal regions such as New York City, the Bay Area, and Southern California), dim sum is widely accessible. Many Chinese restaurants serve it in the morning until 3pm in the afternoon.
Dishes are served in small plates (think tapas), which makes it perfect for sharing with a group. There are a variety of savory and sweet dishes (although if you are a vegetarian, your choices will be severely limited. If you’re a vegan, then I imagine most dishes are completely off-limits). At some restaurants, servers will push around carts filled with steaming plates of pork buns or shrimp-stuffed noodles. If something catches your eye, you can order the food straight from the cart. At other restaurants you will be given a menu (some with pictures) and will order from there.
Dim sum is also a budget-friendly brunch choice. With prices as low as $1.50 a plate (usually includes 3-4 pieces), a brunch for 4, including tax and tip, ranges from $35-$50: an incredible value for the quantity and tastiness of the food you receive. Delicious and budget-friendly – what else can you ask for?
Some of my favorite dishes are lotus-wrapped chicken, BBQ pork buns (I like the ones with the glazed top, not so much the steamed version), fried taro cake and fried turnip cake, shrimp rice noodle rolls, congee with salted pork and thousand-year-old eggs, and egg tarts. As you can tell, I have many favorites… the one thing that I am NOT partial to, however, is “Phoenix Talons” (or, in less elegant – but much more realistic – parlance, chicken feet). My favorite tea is Chrysanthemum.