Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Extra, Extra Greek Girl Eats Dim Sum for First Time!: China Garden, Irvine

Finally, I had my first taste of Dim Sum. It's been long over due, especially for a gal hailing from Cupertino, CA. I've had Dim Sum treats once at a Chinese New Year party hosted by one of my former clients, but eating dumplings on the 31st floor of some constipated law firm doesn't count. 

Dim Sum service began with a fresh pot of Chrysanthemum Tea ($2), a sweet daisy like tea with actual dried flowers floating the pot.

The Shrimp Har Gow ($3.50) were an immediate grab as the cart rolled by. I've had these before and was excited biting into the chewy tapioca wrapper. 

These particular ones seemed a little dry, but I enjoyed the shrimpy flavor with just a hue of scallion.

The Mathlete grabbed a Pan Fried White Turnip Cake ($2.25) for us to try. I thoroughly enjoyed the chewy, gummy texture of this cake and bits of salty meat and turnips.

The Sticky Rice Wrapped with Lotus Lead ($4.50), a Mathlete favorite, is something that I'd be better at eating in the dark. Miscellaneous pieces of meat scare me.

Still, it was fun unwrapping the rice baby. The flavors sung of mushroom, pork and soy sauce. It tasted delicious, but I had trouble swallowing all the meaty bits.

I noticed the Shrimp with Green Leek Dumplings ($3.50) on the menu, requested an order from our cart lady. I loved biting into the  chewy, glutinous wrapper to find fresh leek and sweet shrimp. This was my favorite dish.

I love Chinese style greens, usually quick fried with a bit of garlic. We requested some and they gave us Chinese broccoli, which was not exactly what I had in mind, but it was still nice to have some greens.

We went on a week day so not all menu items were available. It was an awesome first step into the Dim Sum world, and I hope to one day make Crystal Chicken Feet status :P

China Garden
14825 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA 92618


Peter M said...

I could (and I have) eaten multiple servings of Haw it with chilli oil.

weezermonkey said...

Good start! Come eat in the SGV! :)

Helen said...

Yum! Dim Sum is delicious when the restaurant makes it all from fresh from scratch. My fave is the shrimp dumpling! I'd go more often if my husband wasn't so wimpy about eating it LOL!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Dim Sums! The food there looks good.



sophia said...

YES! I'm glad you got to try dim is AMAZING! And I'm happy to see that you ordered all the good stuff! unfortunately...where is the duck feet? ;-p

stuffycheaks said...

haha when i saw the title of your post, I was hoping you'd scratch chicken feet off your bucket list. But good job on the selections. Baby steps, I say. turnip cake and sticky rice are some of my favs.

Cocina Savant said...

What a yummy meal. Crystal chicken feet sound like some serious business, but you never know what kind of treat you are in for when it's Dim Sum time.

Carbohydrate Facts said...

I don't care for chinese broccoli, the first time I had it was very disappointing too.

Banana Wonder said...

Peter - They make a perfect (hot) pairing :)

Weezermonkey - Only if you promise to eat chicken feet with me :)

Helen - Your husbands needs some exposure therapy :)

Rosa - Thanks!

Sophia - Duck feet? Whoa, never heard of that one! Glad you approve of my selections.

Stuffycheaks - Chicken feet, someday soon, I hope. For the time being I'll turn to turnip cakes.

Cocina Servant - Thanks for stopping by! Crystal Chicken feet seem like they need to be washed down with champagne.

Carb Facts - Yeah, I was hoping for the Chinese greens, the brocoli wasn't as good.

SinoSoul said...

curious, did this food make you constipated like that law firm?

Banana Wonder said...

Sinosoul - haha no, I meant the law firm was constipated ;P

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Exile Kiss said...

Hi Anna,

Oh wow, I had no idea you never experienced Dim Sum before. You shoulda said something. :) For the next step (and some amazing Dim Sum), you might consider:

Sea Harbour in Rosemead (San Gabriel Valley, 10 Freeway).

Some of the best progressive Dim Sum in town (I have pics if you're curious). Enjoy! (^_^)

Banana Wonder said...

Exile Kiss - Thanks for the recommendations! I don't know what took me so long, shesh!