Shrimp dumplings form the Harmony Restaurant in Chinatown. This is what I had been dreaming about:
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So we planned a Food City Bytes exclusive tour of Chinatown hinged around dim sum! Here we go:
And our contestants are, Ira (on the left) and Justin (on the right):
They volunteered their stomachs and their garamound souls to a day of seeking out the highlights and pitfalls of all things culinary in Chinatown.
Our itinerary started with dim sum at the Harmony Restaurant on Mott St. This restaurant is fabulous for dim sum. The food is served as its cooked from carts that are pushed around the restaurant. Roughly “Dim” means roughly “point” and “Sum” means “heart”…so point to what your heart desires we did. Although, if you can speak (Mandarin) Chinese, that is a big help in ordering.
Harmony is set up in one giant room with a raised decorated area toward the back wall of the restaurant. Each entering group, unless you request otherwise, is seated at a round table with other guests who are already eating. Our table was closest to the counter where you buy duck to go and there was a chef there busily preparing some of the ducks right before our eyes. Look, there he is:
So, after a wintry trip on the B from the (outside) Prospect Park stop, Justin and I opted first for the crab and dumpling soup and filled our cups with hot tea:
Next from cart full of shrimp dumplings we whisked these:
Before heading over to Harmony Palace Restaurant, we went by Mandarin Court and looked in to see what their dim sum situation looked like. Although we had heard they had promising dim sum offerings, we weren’t willing to risk it and FCB knew that Harmony Palace Restaurant was a sure thing. Plus, Harmony has the added bonus of having the authentic cart service that appeals to us so much. One thing that would make the meal better though is to bring along a Chinese speaking friend! Ordering is a lot more efficient that way…..