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Delighted by Dim Sum

This is a post all about the glorious dim sum.  I should have made a NYE resolution to get dim sum with friends once a month.  I like to think of them as the Asian version of a tapa.  Which came first?  Tapa or dim sum?  I’m not really sure but both are fantastic and right up my alley for a variety of tastes that I really cannot replicate in my own kitchen.  Plus they are both social!

A group of ten of us dined at the elusive Jade Garden in the International District for a reservation at noon on Sunday (a dim sum place that takes reservations is a plus!).  We were all given our special little tea cups, a refillable pot of jasmine herbal tea, a table with a Lazy Susan, a pad of paper to mark what we ordered, chopsticks, chili oil sauce, and soy sauce and left to dine away.  For nearly two hours we ate, talked, and ate some more.  I was in dumpling heaven!  I still can’t get enough of Jade’s shrimp stuffed eggplant dish in garlic sauce, pork shumai, and the super simple yet tasty Chinese broccoli in oyster saue.  But I could eat dumplings and potstickers for days, and I did, and the bill was still only $12 +tip.  Holy heaven!!!

I leave you with pictures.

Like I said...dumpling heaven.
Like I said…dumpling heaven.
Now we are talking.
Now we are talking.
Starting to look appropriate.
Starting to look appropriate.
First plate:  pork shumai and chive and shrimp dumpling.  Ample chili sauce.
First plate: pork shumai and chive and shrimp dumpling. Ample chili sauce.
One of their three large rooms.
One of their three large rooms.
Oh I love you Chinese broccoli.
Oh I love you Chinese broccoli.
The rolling carts start to arrive.
The rolling carts start to arrive.
Why a reservation is a good idea on a Sunday.  It was super sunny when we left too!!!
Why a reservation is a good idea on a Sunday. It was super sunny when we left too!!!

Chelsea

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