The International Language of Dim Sum

A while ago, I blogged about a comment I heard at a Photographic Resource Center lecture. Either Max Becher or Andrea Robbins said, "In order not to go blind, you have to travel." Oddly enough, that post got picked up by Radio Barachois, which might or might not be a radio station in St. Pierre & Miquelon. Go figure.

But I digress. My point is that I did travel recently, to London. While there, I ate Chinese food, Cantonese style dim sum at New World in London's Chinatown, to be specific. I felt more at home during that meal than I had all week. Perhaps it was the charming company, perhaps because the dining was more unhurried than most of my week, perhaps because the decor was nearly identical to that of big dim sum houses all around the world. The cool thing about diaspora is that if you're comfortable there, you can find a bit of home almost anywhere. Even if its not your diaspora. Robbins & Becher, right again.

It reminded me that I hadn't had dim sum at home nearly often enough. So this weekend, I was one of eight adults and three toddlers who descended upon Empire (or perhaps Emperor) Garden and utterly laid waste to everything that came within reach for $12 per adult.

I think it's safe to say that a grand time was had by all. Spilled tea, clashing dietary restrictions, screaming children. Hot and noisy (热闹), just how life should be.

2 Responses

  1. I want to comment on <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kai's blog post referring to this post</a> but can't figure out how, so I'm going to comment here. Got it? It's sort of a reverse trackback. I think. I don't usually name names on this blog, but yes, Kai, you were super-kind to take me around London on Saturday. As cute as the "B-r-o-c-k-o-r-i" lady was, I think you and I had more to talk about. And at risk of starting office rumours, I also should thank you for showing me your favourite umbrella shop.
  2. Hello ! No RadioBarachois is not a traditional radio station. We offer (a) local music and mp3s (b) radio and tv links and (c) rss feeds that scour the web for anything that mentions St Pierre et Miquelon and (d) news items of interest. Our blog section picked up your posts ! Hope you enjoyed our website !
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