The Liu Sha Bao (流沙包), a.k.a. the molten lava egg custard bun, is your new favorite dim sum item

Today, we’re writing something we should have written months, if not years, ago; it’s a dedication to the heavenly dim sum item called Liu Sha Bao (流沙包) also known by one of its English names: the molten lava egg custard bun. Continue reading “The Liu Sha Bao (流沙包), a.k.a. the molten lava egg custard bun, is your new favorite dim sum item”

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11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City

I’ve heard that some dim sum restaurants have moved away from pushcarts so that their small plates come out hotter and fresher. Continue reading “11 dim sum restaurants that use push carts in New York City”

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Does dim sum have MSG? Yes, but how much MSG varies by dish

Let’s just start out by saying that it’s not easy to get dim sum without MSG… and some might argue that you aren’t truly eating dim sum if it doesn’t have some monosodium glutamate in it. Continue reading “Does dim sum have MSG? Yes, but how much MSG varies by dish”

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Cheap and tasty rice noodle rolls from Sun Hing Lung Co

Cheong fun is a dish associated with dim sum. It’s normally found side-by-side with some of the more popular dim sum dishes like har gow, sui mai and char su bao. Continue reading “Cheap and tasty rice noodle rolls from Sun Hing Lung Co”

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Joong: Chinese sticky “rice dumplings” wrapped in bamboo leaves

Every year around this time of the year, my grandma makes a batch of joong in celebration of the Duanwu Festival. Continue reading “Joong: Chinese sticky “rice dumplings” wrapped in bamboo leaves”

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How I used Meetup.com to find friends for my Chinese mom

My mom has lived in San Francisco for over five years. Despite her being in Chinatown every single day of the week and somewhat outgoing personality, she still struggles to find like-minded Chinese friends in the city. Continue reading “How I used Meetup.com to find friends for my Chinese mom”

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That expensive vegetable dish you had at dim sum is called dao mew (garlic pea shoots)

Garlic pea sprouts or “dao mew” is one of my family’s favorite Chinese dishes and can be found on many Chinese restaurant menus but more often on a dim sum cart. Continue reading “That expensive vegetable dish you had at dim sum is called dao mew (garlic pea shoots)”

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Give me Ngau Lam, then give me death

There’s nothing like soft, chewy connective tissue and stomach lining. Really, there isn’t. Chinese beef tendon stew is a unique taste experience.

A very strong, fatty contender for my last meal before my execution would be a big, honking mixer bowl of Chinese beef tendon stew (Ngua Lam). Continue reading “Give me Ngau Lam, then give me death”

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Chinatown 2 Chinatown: The best way from Manhattan to Flushing

Here’s one of those not-so-hidden city secrets that sounds too good to be true: For $2.75 you can take a van that shuttles passengers back and forth between Manhattan’s Chinatown and Flushing’s Chinatown. Continue reading “Chinatown 2 Chinatown: The best way from Manhattan to Flushing”

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Fried Taro Puffs / Taro Dumplings

My current dim sum obsession is the fried taro puff dumplings, or wu gok (Cantonese). These little delicious suckers look like baby puffer fish that were stuffed with seasoned minced pork and deep fried for my gorging pleasure.

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