sunday dimsum

January 19, 2009 |  Category:   dining out nyc

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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.

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  • Grace January 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I’m jealous. There’s no good dim sum in the Midwest, well, except Chicago but it’s not easy to get up there frequently. Also, those taro fried goodness, one of my favorites too.

  • Fiona January 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    So, so jealous. I used to live in LA, where we could have dim sum anytime we wanted. Now, I live in the Ohio Valley, where dim sum is about as common as a unicorn.

    And, foolish me, I was in NYC just after the new year, and I should have had dim sum. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it.

  • Gabriel January 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    i love the watercress/jicama dumplings at dimsum gogo.

    i like the experience at the old-school dimsum places like jing fong but i always get sick afterwards.

    someone at brunch yesterday said there is a recall on peanut butter and peanut items. did you hear anything about this?

  • qooza January 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    C is so adorable here. Visited NY recently and was at Dim Sum Go Go, and it was excellent!

  • Jenn January 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Your kids are adorable!

  • Jean January 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Love kid vocab, “blahnahs.” Love her little jacket too.
    Interestingly, had one of the best dim sum in Flushing. I think it’s called “Jade Asian,” or the other way around.

  • Jenna January 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I think Flushing dimsum is supposed to be superior to chinatown dimsum. C kinda looks like a boy here and she needs another haircut soon. She’s pretty good at pronunciation, but she’ll often add an “l” after a “b”. So bread is pronounced as “blead”, “blathroom”.

  • Jenna January 19, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Gabriel, yeah, there is a recall on peanut butter products that we found out yesterday. Guess no more of those, though I am assuming our jar of peanut butter that we’ve had for a few months is safe. It’s her one source of protein.
    Grace and Fiona, I craved chinese food and dimsum so bad when we lived in Portland – I was vegetarian then so I really craved all the vegetarian chinese places that I could not find in P-town. Seriously, the food is one of the reasons why I moved back to NY.

  • Lani January 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    It’s so fun reading your hilarious descriptions of the girls. Blahnahs. Blead. Blathroom. Too too cute. And that dim sum… am going next week in Seattle so it’s nice for you to give me a little preview to get my appetite up. thanks for pictures and stories!

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