|Chinese New Year Foods|
If you think you don't like Chinese food, think again. This is nothing like the Chinese food you think you know. No sticky lurid sauces with "Chicken Balls". It's real, authentic Chinese, or more specifically Cantonese, food.
What you'll see at a good places is hundreds of women pushing silver carts. The carts can be piled high with bamboo steamer baskets, can house griddles where they stir fry lovely things on the move, or have vats of boiling water (yes! on wheels!) where they can freshly cook you some lovely chinese greens! As you get a dish off a cart they stamp a box on card with a tiny circular stamp. The men are strictly waiters ((feminism hasn't quite made it here!) and they will get you drinks. The women who are dressed up in Cheong-Sams are the matriarchs and will take your money. Feudalism rules.
You'll start off by ordering tea. At good places you'll have a choice. Jasmine Tea is nice. One person must serve everyone at the table before themselves. If you want more tea, you must at least put a dash in everyone else's cup. As someone serves you tea, you tap your index finger on the table. If you do this in front of Chinese peeps, you'll get some major brownie points.
If you live in a big city, this is probably what you'll see. You'll be able to gesture that you want to take a look in their cart if they don't speak English. However, here in North America you often have to order off a menu which makes it very intimidating for the newbie. So I thought I'd do a bit of a primer so you too can experience one of my favorite cuisines!
For more on Dim Sum, check out this great post over at Serious Eats.
I'd love to hear about your virgin Dim Sum experiences!