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February 8, 2013

Tongue Trials 1: Dim Sum

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Written by: Sarah
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La Maison Kam Fung
1111 St Urbain St
Metro Place D’Armes

Dim Sum is kinda like the Chinese version of Tapas but way more fun. Bite sized portions of Chinese dishes are served on small plates or in steam baskets that are carted around the restaurant and selected for eating as they pass your table. As a kid I remember my mom putting up with us in public long enough to bring us to Dim Sum once every blue moon, but before this weekend it had quite literally been at least five years since my last cart flagging experience.

Firstly, Dim Sum (especially if it’s your first time) is in my opinion best done in a group of 4-6. Don’t wait until you’re starved to show up as there is most often a wait time of 10-20 minutes before a table will be ready. Once you’re seated you’ll notice that you won’t get a menu, nor a waiter. Bussers are around to clear tables, bring you sauces and tea/water while multiples members of the wait staff circle the restaurant with carts. Different carts carry different foods, ranging from rice and fried noodles to dumplings and spring rolls. As the carts circle, the wait staff will call out the food that is on their cart, most often not in English, but will clarify with you if you ask politely. Plates such as dumplings are portioned off into sets of 2-4 and normally range between $2 and $3.50. This is where your group of 4-6 people comes in. You can pretty freely try anything because even if you take a bite and don’t like it, there are other people at the table who will probably enjoy it, and there will be another cart heading your way in moments that might carry something more to your taste.

Waiters cart around dishes at Restaurant Kam Fung.

But if you have no waiter and the food is self-serve, how do they charge you? Well, on each table there will be an upright placard with pricing boxes, and as you are served from a particular cart, the waiter will check off which price that item was, and you will be totaled out at the end of your meal. One of the benefits of this is that it allows you to freely try the foods while still being able to track the cost of your bill throughout. Between the four of us this weekend our bill was $40 after a nice tip, so about $10 a person (we didn’t stuff our faces but we had about 10 dishes).

Dim Sum is a great way to spend Sunday brunch with friends or family. The array of dishes means that there will be something for everyone while still giving ample opportunity to try something new. The atmosphere isn’t on the quiet side so there’s no shame in making it a fun and chatty meal. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy something new and I mean how can you argue with having shrimp dumplings for breakfast? That’s right, you can’t.

 Peace, Love & Dumplings
– S.

About the Author

A witty 21 year old Psychology student who is also studying Sexuality & Linguistics. Loves to write on how to deal with everyday life while being a broke university student and how messed up her love life always seems to be, not to mention her bizarre luck to have WTF moments every day of the week.



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