Last Saturday morning, a group of friends and I partook in a fun, traditional Cantonese-style of dining deep within Brooklyn known as dim sum.
Upon walking into the newly renovated Park Asia restaurant at 801 66th Street in Brooklyn, we were instantly greeted by a gigantic, ornately decorated dining area filled with table after table of friends and family enjoying this beautiful, crisp day. And of course who could forget the larger than life chandelier?
Despite the crowd, we luckily did not have to wait for a table and received a prime spot right in the middle of all the action. Aromatic tea was served as soon as we sat down, which was most definitely welcomed on that cold morning. And did you know that once your teapot is empty, you leave the lid slightly ajar to let the waiter know that you’d like a refill? You definitely learn something new everyday!
As we finally got settled in, I watched with both a slight fascination and curiosity as women in red aprons, with hair neatly tucked underneath bright yellow caps, quickly whisked past each table pushing carts filled with steamer baskets brimming with delicacies I’d never seen before. Plates of har gow (Chinese steamed shrimp dumplings), tightly rolled shrimp spring rolls, shaomai (small pork and shrimp filled dumplings), crispy, scallion pancakes, and of course the infamous egg tart all made their way to our table and I was ready to dig in (especially since I’d missed breakfast that morning!)
The speed with which each server worked was amazing and before I could even try and figure out what was being carted out way, it was often just placed on our table. The server then stamped our table’s card indicating what was ordered and what the portion size was to help keep track of everything and to make paying easier in the end. We passed on the chicken feet this time and I’ll admit that there were a few tastes and textures that my palate wasn’t accustomed to, but for the most part I enjoyed my meal. By the time the dessert carts wheeled our way, we agreed that we couldn’t fit anything else into our bellies and left. For about $15 a person, we got to try so many new (to me) dishes and unlimited tea, so I’d definitely say it was a morning well spent.
Brooklyn is the absolute best place to travel the world without actually getting on a plane, and I’m definitely ready for my next adventure. The question is where? 😉