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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dim Sum at the Yangtze

So ecstatic to be biting into a pan fried shrimp and chive dumpling!
Minced pork and veggie dumpling (left) Shrimp ginger dumpling (right)
For those of you who know me best, one of my favorite things to do is go for dim sum brunch. Dim sum are chinese steamed or fried small bites, eaten during the weekend for brunch. My fiancé Adam and I recently had dim sum in the largest chinatown in the US, San Francisco. The restaurant in chinatown filled to the brim with an all Chinese clientele and service crew. It was hard for Adam and I communicate with the bustling servers speaking only in Chinese. I was able to order successfully by pointing to the plates the next table over had ordered! The meal was a delicious experience leaving us eager to try the dim sum offerings in our home town of Minneapolis. Our next visit to dim sim took us to the Yangtze in St. Louis Park, a place I visited once before. In comparison to the dim sum at the restaurant in San Francisco and Jun Bo in Richfield, Zangtze seemed to be quite comparable in taste and variety of offerings. Service and efficiency on the other hand is negotiable. The service in chinatown was slow and communication was obviously difficult (clearly not targeting tourists- but that can be a good thing). Jun Bo, one of the largest chinese restaurants in Minnesota has decent dim sum but service can be hit or miss. What it comes down to for me, is the freshness of the ingredients and the efficiency of service. I enjoy dining at the Yangtze because of the welcoming atmosphere. Staff encourage dim sum "virgins" and are happy to answer any questions you may have about offerings seeing as thought there are no menus, and choosing dishes can be a matter of lucky picking! Dim sum is exciting for me because you never know quite what you'll find hidden under the soft, delicate, moist steamed rice wrapper. Each dim sum is served in bite sized portions of 3 or 4, making sharing and tasting multiple options easy. If you have never tried dim sum before, I encourage you to take a risk and let your senses guide you. Smell, look and feel when making your choices, and savor each bit slowly. Ordering too many dishes at once tends to rush the experience and when your dealing with such lovely pillows of flavor it is advised to take it slow! :) Out of the dishes I sampled this morning, my favorite had to be the scallop and garlic dumpling because of the delicacy of the scallop melting in your mouth. Once you bite inside, you can taste a bit of the garlic and rice paper steaming liquid, aiding to the soft almost sweet taste of the scallop. I encourage to to try dim sum while taking caution that once you try it for the first time, you'll be forever tied to the beauty and eloquence of these delicious chinese one bites!
My absolute favorite, sesame buns with sweet sesame paste filling!
Yangzee Restaurant: 5625 Wayzata Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Steamed scallop dumping


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