Your Go-To Guide for Any Dim Sum Spot

Dim Sum is a Cantonese specialty traditionally enjoyed for brunch and served on rolling trollies that make their way around what is often a massive banquet hall. If you’re new to the dim sum game, navigating the menu and understanding the difference between things like a Shrimp Siu Mai and Shrimp Har Gao can be difficult. To help ensure you are full, happy and don’t end up with a table of chicken feet (literally), here’s a guide to your must-order dishes at any dim sum spot. You can thank us later.

 

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Shrimp rice roll.

Shrimp rice rolls

These rolls aren’t like sushi rolls, they’re made from chopped shrimp wrapped in a thin, wide rice noodle. It’s best served seasoned with soy sauce, because then you get sweet shrimp with salty soy and it’s a perfect combination. This dish is a personal favorite done exceptionally well at Nom Wah Tea Parlor where they also fill them with pork or serve them plain.

 

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XLXLB at Drunken Dumpling.

Soup dumplings

Soup dumplings are a special kind of steamed dumpling; they originated in Shanghai and unlike traditional dumplings, they’re filled with rich broth plus a little bit of meat. To eat them like a pro, take a little bite of the skin from the tip, pour in some dumpling sauce, slurp the broth, then eat the rest of the dumpling. Indulge in traditional soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai or get a bit funky with the XLXLB at Drunken Dumpling (see 5 Soup Dumplings You Must Try for more).

 

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Shu mai at Hao Noodle and Tea. 

Shu mai

Shu mai (siu mai) are a special kind of dumpling because they’re served with an open top. Usually, shu mai is made with pork or shrimp filling and those are great, but one of our favorite shu mai is from Hao Noodle and Tea where they’re made with bacon and sticky rice, and wrapped in a super thin wrapper.

 

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Egg custards at Joy Luck Palace. PC: @foodojournal

Egg custards

Imagine mini pies with super flakey crusts, filled with delicious custard served fresh out of the oven. Egg custards are so good it’s no wonder they’re a mainstay in Portugal, Brazil, Britain, and Cantonese dim sum. They’re the perfect dessert to end a dim sum feast with, especially at a place like Joy Luck Palace where they’re baked to perfection.

 

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Pork buns.

Pork buns

Pork buns, aka char siu, aka steamed buns come steamed, baked, or in a flaky pastry, and they’re filled with sweet-and-savory barbecue pork that’s often dangerously addictive. The size of a pork bun varies, but you’re definitely going to want at least one for yourself. Tim Ho Wan does these buns right, so brave the line and get yourself some.

 

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Turnip cakes at The Tang. PC: @iiamjelly

Turnip cakes

Turnip cakes are a hidden treasure at the dim sum parlour. The dish is actually made from shredded radish, rice flour, and some savory ingredient all packed into a patty, is steamed, then finished in a frying pan so it gets a nice crispy outside, kind of like a hashbrown. Try them at Buddha Bodai, it’s a vegetarian dim sum place so you know they’ll nail their veggies.

 

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Har gao at Jing Fong. PC: @jingfongny

Har gao

We love all kind of dumplings, but shrimp har gao is hands down one of our favorite menu items at any dim sum spot. You’ll be able to recognize these shrimp dumps by their signature pleated crescent moon shape and their transparent, smooth dumpling skin.

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With summer right around the corner, it’s time we actually start eating a little more healthy so we can be beach-ready by June. What better way to kickstart your new #fitfam #healthy lifestyle than with a delicious grain bowl, which is basically the brain child of a salad and a burrito bowl. Here is a list of 5 of our favorites in NYC.

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6 Approachable Restaurants for a Gluten-Free Dinner

If you’ve got a gluten allergy, then you know how hard it can be to find a great restaurant with more than one semi-edible gluten-free menu option. Before you consider Google search for your gluten-free finds, consider some of our favorite very gluten-free friendly restaurants in NYC:

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5 Faves – Unique Fast & Quick Casual Spots to Check Out

In a time when people seem to be busier than ever, spending an hour plus to sit down to a lengthy lunch or dinner is a thing of the past. The name of the game now is “fast-casual” AKA a restaurant where you can get good food, quickly, and at a great price without all the ceremony of a meal out. Here are five fast-casual spots we think you should totally add to your weekly lunch rotation.  Continue reading “5 Faves – Unique Fast & Quick Casual Spots to Check Out”

Affordable Restaurants for Big Groups

If you’ve ever tried to go out for a birthday dinner or for a girls’ night out, you know that the hardest part of planning is getting a res at a fun, affordable restaurant that will fit everyone’s dietary restrictions. We’ve been to enough birthday dinners to know a thing or two, and we’ve made a list of some of our absolute favorites. You can thank us later!

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5 Veggie Burgers You’d Give Up Meat For

Burgers are an American past time, they’re probably the most quintessentially American food out there, but what’s with the recent rise in veggie burger popularity? They’re just so damned good now, that’s what’s up. Before, veggie burger used to just be an option for the occasional vegetarian or vegan that went to a restaurant – an herbivore in a carnivore’s world – but now the veggie burger has arrived. Chefs all over have begun to play with what goes into their veggie burgers, their textures, and their flavors and the result is some really amazing burger that just happen to be plant-based; these are our five favorites in NYC.  Continue reading “5 Veggie Burgers You’d Give Up Meat For”

EatingNYC’s Top 3 Poké Places in NYC

Poke: a burrito bowl made of sushi. No wonder why the trend has exploded over the past year. With over ten poke spots in New York, it can be tough to know what’s truly great versus what’s just okay. So here you have it, our top three poke-picks in New York City:

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