Nom Wah Tea Parlor, New York City, 10/17/19

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We went for dim sum to Nom Wah Tea Parlor, a no frills place with plastic coated menus.  It has a long history, first opening in 1920 and moving to the present location in 1968.  It has had several movies and TV shows film segments there.  A paper ticket is given to each table where you mark off the dishes you want to receive and they bring them out as they’re ready. The large tables are formica and set with good space between and there a few booth tables.  One side of the room is a service area and the kitchen is in another room.  Windows to the street form one wall of the room.  It is an old looking place but clean with an old tin ceiling , an old tile floor  and there are lots of coat hooks on the interior columns and booth dividers.  Photos and framed reviews decorate the walls.  No music is in the background but you can hear the sound of an exhaust fan.  They do offer wine and beer as well as a selection of teas.  Tables are set with some condiments but interestingly enough there didn’t seem to be any pepper in oil sauce. Continue reading

Tim Ho Wan USA, New York City, 5/21/17

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Tim Ho Wan serves dim sum and expect a wait.  Someone is at the front to take your name and they will text you when a table is about ready for you, so you don’t have to wait in the cramped waiting area. It is fairly large but judging by the crowds it could be much larger.  It has no cart service, everything is made fresh after you order it and therefore there are not as many options as many dim sum places but what they have is really good.  There is a check off menu on the table and after you hand that to your server the food will be brought out, usually one dish at a time.  There are even options on tea.  Tables are set with soy sauce and hot pepper sauce.   Continue reading

Joy Luck Palace, New York City, 5/21/17

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The Joy Luck Palace is a huge dim sum restaurant.   It was very crowded with a waiting area full of people.  Also people were coming through to pick up orders of take out food.  Tables for 2 are often shared as was ours, with 2 older gentlemen.  There is no soy sauce, vinegar or hot sauce on the table.  Service is by cart and is fairly impersonal.  The place got some hype on the internet and was certainly well patronized but overall the offerings were bland and tasteless.  We left most of it on the table.  Below are pictures of the things we got.  The custard bun had gotten a lot of mention as it is known to squirt out the end.  I did not find that the case as the interior was mostly solidified and yucky.  It was a disappointing sweet entry. Continue reading

Kirin Court, Dallas, 7/16/16

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Kirin Court is a large Chinese restaurant that serves cart style dim sum on weekends.  They also have it during the week but it is made to order. On weekends you best get there before 11:00 or you will have an hour wait and a hard time finding a parking spot. Once you get your number you can try and find a space to wait in the crowded waiting room full of families and large groups of friends as well as groups  of two.  The restaurant has a lot of tables for large groups so it is one place where a wait for a party of 2 can be about the same as a table for 10. Continue reading