Thursday, March 13, 2008
Experiments in International Dining
At Chinese New Year, last month, all the city employees were given $10 gift certificates to a local Chinese restaurant by the city's Chinese Association. Very generous. Just a couple days ago I had passed mine on to Milly, because the expiration date was quickly approaching and it didn't look like I was going to have a chance to use it. Today, though, she suggested that we go there for lunch together. I always like having lunch with her, but I was especially glad to have her as my guide on this little adventure. I had had some Dim Sum dishes before, but never served in this traditional style. Once you are seated, servers come by with their carts of stuff, lifting lids and asking you if you want some of whatever they have...given that I didn't know for sure what I was looking at most of the time, I might have had a hard time putting together a reasonable meal on my own. Milly chose some nice dishes for us...nothing too adventurous, as she knows I am not a very daring eater :-) She asked me before the food came if I needed a fork instead of chopsticks. I was all, no, no, I can use chopsticks! Well, I do know how to use chopsticks, really. But a lot of the dim sum dishes are sort of...mushy? I couldn't hold on to stuff...I ended up having to use the inelegant fork. How embarrassing. All in all, I really enjoyed the food and getting to try a variety of little dishes. Have any of you had Dim Sum? Or have you ever been to a restaurant and been sort of lost? Or am I the only one quite so bumpkin-ish? Tell me about it!