Exuberant Kate showed off her new dress and shoes. Note the groovy pink "feet" shoes on her feet. More about feet later!
We quickly got down to the fun business of deciding what to have from the carts continually stopping by the table. Here are some things we liked.
Tofu Skin Stuffed with Pork
The green beans and broccoli rabe, shown here with a beef dumpling, were a big hit--especially the green beans. We liked them so much we ordered another round.
We all liked the egg custard. I got high marks from my table mates for my ability to use a chopstick to slice through anything, the better to share bites.
Along with the green beans, the BBQ pork buns were one of our favorites.
The sesame buns with red bean paste got mixed reviews.
So did the eggplant and shrimp.
Here are Kim and Randall.
Here's Spencer--who said his favorite was the BBQ pork buns. That's Kate in the background drinking tea and eating a big bowl of rice.
Dennis, who is known for his adventurous palate, ordered beef and tripe soup.
Kate made a face when Dennis explained what tripe is. This led to a conversation about different cultural tastes that got weirder and weirder (a sheep's head bento box?) until Kim pleaded with us to move on to another topic.
I'm not a fan of tripe, but the broth was tasty. I enjoyed some broccoli rabe along with a peppery turnip fished from the broth.
Mostly on a dare, Dennis ordered steamed chicken feet. Here he is getting ready to try one.
"It's weird, " he said after a couple of bites. "What's weird about it?" asked Kim. His response: "It's weird that you have a chicken foot in your mouth." Still, he ate the whole thing.
Wes was the next to try a chicken foot.
Kate was almost persuaded to eat a foot, but in the end she passed. Kim and I decided that if the feet were Southern fried like frog legs, we would be more likely to try them. Fried fixes everything, right?
At the end, all that was left was a chicken foot, a piece of eggplant, and a couple of green beans.
And all our plates looked like this.
Dim sum with a table full of friends is fun and economical. Our split bill was around $11 per person (not counting Kate). Don't worry if you don't like tripe or chicken feet. You'll find plenty of dumplings and buns and such--and you should definitely try the green beans.
Some yummy dim sum. That's what we're having.