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Chopstix (Middle River/Rosedale)
As a food critic and having worked in NYC Chinatown, authentic Chinese food is hard to come by when you leave NYC. I would remember my family going to Chinatown to visit my grandparents and all we did was go out and order Dim Sum, sort of like Chinese tapas for breakfast but not really breakfast like bacon and eggs, but its so delicious. It's in my blood once you try it. Such a selection of all different goodies.
Since I left NYC, I haven't found a Dim Sum Place locally. Until........ about 6 months ago, by accident I was driving around 66th St in Rosedale and low and behold I saw a big building with 2 Chinese Lions on each side of the stairs, I think marble stairs. You walk through a hallway and to the right is a very expensive Aquarium, but nice to check it out. The fish are huge!
Then you get to the entrance and the host greets you. She'll ask you are you here for Dim Sum or a regular meal. You tell her for Dim Sum. She'll take you to a booth or table. Then a waitress will ask you what you'd like to drink. Tell them "Bowlay Cha) (phonetically speaking). She'll be shocked.
Then the adventure starts. A cart will come down the aisle, a card is placed on your table keeping track of all your orders. You'll wave her down, you'll see hot steamed containers covered with delicious goodies. Ask fo the following:
HAR GOW (shrimp wrapped in a thin rice dough and steamed so it looks transluscent), add some soy sauce, then ask for SIU MAI (ground seasoned pork wrapped in a wonton wrapper topped with flying fish eggs or ground carrot. delicious. You'll have to try this fried ball treat HOM SUEW KOK (ground pork, mushroom and tiny shrimp inside and if still hungry ask for Pan Fried Noodles with Chicken and ask for a little vinegar on the side.
The establishment is hidden in an industrial place. It's so authentic that they have an arrangement with the Horseshoe Casino that if the high rollers want a break and hungry for a delicious meal, they will send a van to pick them up and bring them back.
Oh, by the way, the best time for dim sum is 11-3 Monday thru Friday, Sat and Sun are the busiest. You've never seen so many Chinese people in one spot.
Price: Reasonable. On average about $3.00 for 1 dish portion.
TYPE OF CUSTOMER: Willing to try anything!
The place is clean and waitress are friendly and willing to help you with your selection
Rating: 10 (Excellent):
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