BEST DIM SUM AT KAM FUNG?
I plan on going to Kam fung (Chinatown) for dim sum, but I never had dim sum before and I'll be going with other newbies. What are their best dim sum? Your suggestions are appreciated!
I always think the best method is to pick things that look good as they're going by. Avoid the non-dim-sum dishes like the chow mein sort of big noodle dishes. My favourites are the various steamed dumplings, the steamed bbq pork buns, egg custard tarts, and the tofu pudding with jasmine syrup.
Yes, avoid the plate style dishes as they are not traditional dim sum and more expensive. Since this is your first time know what to expect. Little ladies pushing carts around wont always be able to explain the dish further then "Porc", "chicken", "shirmp". It's overwhelming at first but just relax and do your best. Also the bill is almost un-legible but know that you are charge per plate/bamboo steamers and according to the sizes of the steamers.
Common and safe bets are:
-Siu Mai or Shu Mai (pork dumplings)
-Har Gau (shrimp dumplings)
-Egg tarts (YUMMMM!!!)
-BBQ pork buns
-Sticky rice filled with porc or other stuff wrapped in a leaf.
The fried stuff is mostly for westerners and can be slightly more expensive, so be careful how much you order of that.
I found this article "The Dim Sum Guide" to be cute and well explained. I lived in Hong Kong for awhile, and i can say it's pretty accurate:
Everytime one of my western friends goes to dim sum with me, I always have him try the chicken feet. Great taste, acquired texture, hard to get over the fact that you're gnawing on feet but I love it.
I've enjoyed 3 trips to Maison Kam Fung in Chinatown for dim sum this year. Along with the aforementioned dumplings, I've really liked the squid, bbq pork in pastry, and a dish that interestingly involved shrimp inside banana. Have fun!