As I said in today’s dim sum round-up, if you ask local dim sum fanatics to name the “best” dim sum house around, you can expect a vocal food fight. Me? I’m no fighter. But I did offer a quartet of popular dim sum joints where you’ll find me with chopsticks in hand. (And yes, I do love the dim sum served during brunch at Monsoon on Capitol Hill, so don’t start with the “how could you leave that out?” routine. As for Jade Garden, yes, their dim sum’s good ‘n plenty. That said, I’m still scratching my head over those long lines, when there are other worthy contenders close by.)
Feel free to chime in with your two-cents, because I know you want to. And I’d love to have you help put together a definitive dim sum list right here. Where do you go? What dishes are on your gotta-have-it list once you get there? And if all this talk about dim sum is making you hungry, here’s a little taste of what I’ve been enjoying over the past month:
If you haven’t tried chicken feet yet, those served at Imperial Garden in Kent are worth a trip.
Salt and pepper prawns at Imperial Garden. Just chomp the shells. Delish!
Soy milk with “Chinese doughnuts” at Chiang’s Gourmet in Maple Leaf.
You’d be smiling too, if someone were serving you pan-fried Shanghai noodles (made in-house) at Chiang’s Gourmet.
Cantonese classics at Sun Ya, in the ID.
The lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice at Top Gun in Bellevue is top-drawer.
Congee at Top Gun. “Please sir, can I have some more?”
And while we’re on the subject, I’ll be in Vancouver B.C. for the weekend. Any dim sum places there — or in Richmond — that I shouldn’t miss?