So I usually keep my posts weight loss-related, but I think it’s also important to share the moments that make us PROUD and I was very proud of myself for doing something that intimidated me this week: venturing into Chinatown in Boston for dim sum.
I’ve always wanted to try a true dim sum experience but the idea of trying new foods, having a language barrier and being by myself just made the idea seem crazy to me. I grew up in a tiny hamlet (not even big enough to be a village, y’all) and sometimes that makes me a ‘fraidy cat. True story.
But I was staying a block from Chinatown and I had an hour for lunch so I summoned my big girl panties and off I went!
Hei La Moon Restaurant looked big, but the front counter help were happy to help accommodate me “First time???” and I got the impression they didn’t get a lot of first-time diners wandering in by themselves.
They brought me tea and gave me 5 minutes to get adjusted. This place is HUGE and the lunchtime crowd is loud! I was not the only American, but I was the only one dining solo.
And now I know why! Their dim sum was several pieces of each item, which works when you are sharing family-style, but might be less desirable when you want to try lots of stuff.
I started with spare ribs, pork rolls and… chicken feet! The lady serving them giggled at me when I asked her how to eat them, but she told me to eat the skin and leave the actual feet.
Pork rolls were good – though I have no idea where they though a veggie was in them? Maybe the cabbage wrapper?
The spare ribs were yummy, though you had to really work to get the meat separated from the cartilidge.
The chicken feet… well, those were gross. No way to sugarcoat it – they were lukewarm and gelatinous and altogether not my thing.
After that I tried these shrimp fried with wonton wrapper and the red pepper paste. Yummy, and my sinuses are 100% clear! LOL
By now the staff have realized I am just trying one or two of each basket and I’m trying to get a full dim sum experience, so they bring me fish, shumai and dumplings.
The fish was so yummy I forgot to take a picture. The shumai, or shrimp dumplings, were pretty bland but the other shrimp and pork dumplings were out of sight. So yummy!
They brought me my bill ($24) and a fortune cookie with the most appropriate fortune ever:
My thanks to the staff and managers, who really did such a great job making sure I tried everything and liked everything and for making an intimidating experience a true pleasure.
So I’ve crossed another adventure off my foodie bucket list and I’m ready for the next. What are your weird, unique or out-of-the-box food adventures? Tell me about them in the comments below!