Sunday, August 16, 2009

Yum Yum Dim Sum

Today is Mama Pocky's 49th birthday. We all went for her birthday Dim Sum brunch yesterday since everyone had the day off. Living in Central Florida, there's hardly a big selection of Dim Sum restaurants. I can only think of two places. We went to a little place in Orlando called Chan's Chinese Cuisine. This is the second time I've eaten at Chan's. They don't offer a huge selection of dishes but what Chan's does have is pretty good.
Dim Sum literally means "to touch your heart". It consists of a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies. You'll find everything from steamed pork spareribs and char siu bao (steamed buns with roast pork) to har gao, those delicious shrimp dumplings with the translucent skin.
Instead of ordering from a menu, you choose from an assortment of dishes that servers push around on carts.
Aside from the many deep fried dumplings and steamed bun dishes, there's a popular veggie dish that mom always requests if it's not available on a cart, stir fried Chinese greens that are tossed in hoisin and soy sauce. Hoisin sauce is sometimes thought of as Chinese bbq sauce.
Doug and I stuck to the "safe" dishes like shrimp stuffed tofu, pork shumai, and sesame balls. Mama and Papa Pocky on the other hand are hard core. Check out the chicken feet held between my dad's chopsticks. He loves his chicken feet. It's pretty obvious by the big silly grin he had on his face.
While everything tasted greasy and great, I found it odd that my favorite dish was a baked slightly sweet bun filled with a piece of what tasted like Hormel canned ham. Haha! It was really tasty, weird but tasty.
Dim Sum is a really fun way to eat with a group of people. The atmosphere is loud and lively with the sounds of clattering trays and push carts, people calling out their orders, and large groups of people talking at each table. It's not your typical family Sunday brunch but it was wicked good and loads of fun too!


burpandslurp said...

haha, I saw your tweet on the dim sum...such lovely eats! I actually think it ISN'T such a great place to have private convos (oh the noise and the distractions!) but it IS such a fun place to be with a large group!

Anonymous said...

I must say the resturant sounds like some dirty think you do in places other then the kitchen

Pocky said...

It was definitely fun. I think I'm going to stay away from deep fried dumplings for awhile though. The body can only handle so much. lol

Hi there. Not sure what you meant by your comment, but thanks for dropping by.