it feels like i’ve been in an asian state of mind recently. had that korean dinner with friends a couple of weeks ago. then the trip to the japanese restaurant recently. on saturday, two of my cousins and i had dim sum before heading out to see jet li’s new movie, “flying swords of dragon gate.”
|creamy tofu with shrimp filling|
we headed to jing fong, a popular dim sum destination in chinatown. the second-floor restaurant is a large banquet hall that, judging from the number of chandeliers and “stages” or daises, can be split into three smaller rooms. during the week, when there are fewer customers, i think they close off one part of the hall. but during the weekend, the whole place is packed with customers and women pushing carts laden with treats such as siomai (spelled shu mai here), kikyam, shrimp balls.
|shrimp and pork wrapped in bean curd|
i’m not sure if they do the same thing there in the philippines. but as soon as you go in, you get a card for your table. every time you pick something either from the push carts or from the buffet table, a server marks your card depending on how big the plate is or how many ingredients the dish has. prices range from $2.50 to $5 and, as you can see, there are 3-4 pieces in each serving.
and to cap off the wonderful meal, we had a nice, refreshing dessert of watermelon, lychees, pineapple and black jelly 🙂