Friday Lunch Buddies: Dim Sum

hahaha…just kidding…

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Dim sum (é»?å¿?) is a Chinese light meal or brunch served with Chinese tea. It is eaten sometimes from morning-to-early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a wide spectrum of choices, from sweet to salty. It has combinations of meat, vegetables, seafood, and fruit. It is usually served in a small basket or on a small dish, depending on the type of dim sum. Dim Sum is a Cantonese term, literally translated as dot heart or order heart, meaning order to one’s heart’s content. It is also translated as touch the heart, dotted heart, or snack; or it may be derived from yat dim sum yi, meaning a “little token”. Though the English word “dim sum” refers to the Cantonese variety, the idea of a wide variety of small dishes for lunch also holds for other regions of China. [wiki]

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6/30/06 – Dim sum at Amerasia (301 Cornell Dr Se, Albuquerque, NM)

So how does Amerasia’s dim sum compare to Fu Yuang? Lessee…

When we first got there, I was surprised how small and plain the restaurant looked:

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Oh well, at least we found two tables to seat all 7 of us…

Anyway, here’s a glimpse of what they served (we pretty much got whatever they rolled out):
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Where are all the steamed dishes????

But out of all of them, I thought the most traditional and authentic dish was the sesame ball with red bean paste (I guess you can’t screw up on that!):
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To judge Amerasia fairly, one needs to know what ‘real’ dim sum is…


Here are things to watch for to know that you are eating at an authentic (good prices and good food) dim sum restaurant:

  • The food is pushed around on carts as opposed to ordered from a list given to you. The exception to this would be high-end Chinese restaurants where they sometimes give you a list to order from.
  • The majority of the patrons are Chinese (minimum of 95%).
  • The restaurant is huge and noisy.
  • Pineapple chicken balls and sweet and sour anything are nowhere to be seen.
  • There are at least 40 tables in the restaurant and they are arranged in rows.
  • All of the tables are round.
  • The tables are covered in disposable plastic tablecloths.
  • The bathroom is not very clean.
  • There’s a huge mob of people waiting to get in.

LOL! disposable plastic tablecloth? I disagree!

Anyway, while the dim sum at Amerasia was not as ‘Americanized’ as Fu Yuangs (yuk yuk!), they did not have my favorite yellow milk bun (lai wong bao)…BOOoooOOOOoooooOOOOoooooOOOO! This is what I want:
DIM SUM!!!!!!

and of course, my other dim sum desires:

Ha gao: (a very common dish – wonderful shrimp dumplings with the translucent skin)
Ha Gao at East Buffet, Flushing

and shu mai (the other very common fact, ha gao and shu mai usually are ordered together – It is a pork dumpling with an egg/wonton skin. If the restaurant knows what theyâEUR(TM)re doing, theyâEUR(TM)ll also garnish each with a slice of sweet pork sausage or maybe hide a piece of shrimp inside)

Shu Mai

Hmmmmmm…more more more!

dim sum city my fave dim sum

ARE YOU HUNGRY LOOKING AT THEM ALREADY? Hmmmmm…And oh wait…I MISS the tea pot too! GOSH!
Dim Sum Tea

So what grade do I give Amerasia?

Hungry Cactus’ final verdict: B-

Reason: not having the common dishes (which so happen to be my favorite dim sum dishes!)

Hopefully I can try Ming Dynasty (another dim sum place) in the near future.  But for now, Dim sum >> Amerasia >> Fu Yuang.
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On the way back…this is what we saw on the road (now I’m scared driving on Central):
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Don’t ask me what happened…I don’t know. All I know is…weird things happen here!!!