Ramen noodles, dim sum, and Singapore rice noodles conjure up images of Chinese feasts. Another famous Chinese meal is Peking duck. This takes several courses to prepare and eat. Crispy duck is shredded and placed on pancakes that have hoisin sauce and sliced green shallots, then rolled up and eaten like a taco. Duck soup is another course offered to the diner.
These are just a few of the many foods eaten in Chinese households. However, many non-Asians are also keen to devour these delicious foods. Ramen noodles are fast becoming a known entity outside of China towns. Instead, restauranteurs have created ramen restaurants. University students are keen to visit these for a midnight snack.
"Dim Sum," literally translated means "it is the dot of the heart." If you go to a Chinese restaurant between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. any day of the week that serves dim sum, you will find round tables with layers of plastic table clothes, with servers pushing small carts around the restaurant that are filled with different types dim sum. These bite-size dishes may be steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, or baked. Often they are served with soy sauce or vinegar dips. Several are reheated directly on the cart before they are served. Examples of these include stuffed shiitake mushroom caps, eggplant stuffed with a shrimp paste, or triangles of tofu also stuffed with shrimp paste. You pay according to how many plates you selected and the size of the plate. Come hungry and you will leave dim sum stuffed!
If you want to learn more about Chinese foods, please join me and come to my January, 2017 Culinary Discussion Group which will be held on Wednesday, January 4th, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Central Library Monthly Book Club Room, located near the Locust Street entrance to learn more about Chinese food. I look forward to meeting new members of our culinary group!
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