I’m not sure if I can think of anything better to eat on a cold winter morning than a dim sum brunch. While our go-to place is usually Dim Sum Go Go, I was in the mood for the large banquet/dim sum cart experience, so we bundled up the kids on yet another snowy morning and met our friends at Jing Fong on Elizabeth Street.
I haven’t been there in years since I used to go fairly regularly with my NYU grad school asian posse friends, and I think it was the first time I went with the kids, but it’s the perfect place for rambunctious 2 and 4 year olds who, for some reason, thought it would be okay to go hide under the table and dance in the aisles even though they don’t normally do this in other restaurants. It’s probably because Jing Fong is loud, bustling and huge. The carts come right away even before you have time to sit down. M’s favorite dish has always been the fried taro (pictured above) and she expertly waved a cart down and pointed to a bamboo steamer full of dumplings that she wanted, even though she’s never done this before. The babies didn’t eat anything except peanut butter pretzels and banana (“blahnahs”, as C calls them), but that wasn’t a surprise. We left the table an hour and a half later with full stomachs, though once home, Mark and I both revealed that we could have eaten so much more.