The Dim Sum USB drive from Solid Alliance with the capacity ranging from 1GB to 4GB for a price of 7,980 yen (about 90.84432 US dollars as per Google's currency conversion as of the date of this post.)
I have not gone on their tour and have not been to a couple of these places ... but I'm curious.
The cost is $65 per ticket and it includes the food, bottled water, and a Foods of New York neighborhood guide. "Two tastings are served seated at restaurants and the others from specialty shops on the go."
The tour is probably a good idea if you've never been to NYC's Chinatown and don't know where to go. The con is that with a little Googling and a little point and smile, you'll be able to discover great places on your own. The rule of thumb for me is to go to places that are crowded. Order dishes that look good - Look around and point it out to your waiter/waitress. It's rude but it gets the job done. Order tea or beer. You don't need to speak Chinese but if you try and fail, the locals will think it's cute.
Vegetable spring rolls and stir-fried noodles Originally uploaded by goyumcha
Dumplings with chili sauce Originally uploaded by goyumcha
Everything is a must-try and it is cheap!
The stall is unnamed but we call it the Fish Ball Guy at the corner of 45th Avenue and Broadway in Elmhurst in Queens. And yes, they sell great fish balls and fish ball noodles, but they don't photograph well.
With finals, graduation, studying for standardized exams, and the day job, I had no time to prepare and cook my own meals. Food had to come out of a box and/or must be zapped in a microwave. With that, I wonder how many actually feed from frozen dim sum.
Frozen dim sum was definitely my primary source of Asian food when I used to dorm in college (before I discovered Tops & Wegman's). Having dim sum, albeit coming from an ice box, was a taste of home for me while I was at school 8 hours away. Nowadays, I'm a five minute walk to the nearest takeout dim sum place. But with work being crazy busy and at most times, having no minutes to spare, I'm forced to limit my indulgence only on weekends. So, here comes the return of the frozen grub.
When I moved to NY years ago, the first Cantonese phrases learned were "yum cha" and "dim sum". Sunday mornings were spent in Chinatown's dim sum restaurants where my family and I would sample an assortment of treats served fresh from the carts.
When we go "yum cha", which literally means "drink tea," we refer to the custom of the Cantonese brunch where folks enjoy dim sum while sipping Chinese tea. "Dim sum" means "to touch your heart" and it comprises of a variety of steamed, baked, and fried dishes.
A little nostalgia and a passion for food and baking has inspired me to recreate and share the dim sum experience on this blog. Enjoy!