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Dim Sum – Yum!

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Have you ever had dim sum?  I’m definitely a fan.  Not only is the food delicious, the overall dining experience is, too!  For those who are unfamiliar with dim sum, and who didn’t read my Chinatown post from last spring, the folks at Wikipedia tell us that dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a steamer basket or on a small plate.  Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea”.  If you’ve had tapas it’s kind of like that, but with Chinese food.  Dim sum is much more fun though, particularly if you visit a restaurant that serves the food out of rolling carts like the one in the photo above.

PICTURE THIS: You’re sitting at your table, hot tea already steaming in a white, handle-less cup.  Your table is soon visited by one of several servers, and the server is wheeling a cart that contains delectable dishes.  One by one the cart’s dishes are offered to you.  If something catches your eye you nod, and the plate or metal basket is placed on the table.  Your dining “ticket” is stamped, indicating what you’ve selected so your bill is easily totaled at the end.  If you’re not interested, a polite no suffices.

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You may not know the name of what you’ve selected, or exactly what’s in it, but you don’t care.  You just know that it looks and smells great.  Whether you eat with chopsticks or a fork, you dig in – enjoying both the food and the lively atmosphere in the room.  When the next cart rolls by the selection process is repeated.  You wash all the tasty food down with hot tea, and if you’re wise you’ll end the meal with something from the dessert cart – maybe some little tarts or mango jello.  YUM.

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HELPFUL HINT: Because a dim sum meal is composed of little plates/servings, and because you’ll probably want to try several of the tempting dishes, it’s best to dine with at least one or two other people.  That way you’re able to order a wider variety of dishes and taste more things before getting full and throwing in the towel, so to speak.  That said, I’ve had several dim sum lunches while dining solo.  You can always take home leftovers if your eyes end up being bigger than your stomach!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at a recent dim sum lunch hubby and I enjoyed.  We dined at Capital Seafood in Irvine, CA and I definitely recommend it.  Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers, and please let me know if you opt to eat some dim sum yourself!

Warm regards,
Melody

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