When a magazine hands you an assignment to write about dim sum, you better be prepared to eat a lot of it. San Francisco magazine asked me to write an informative A to Z guide to dim sum as well as a short list of the best dim sum and dumpling spots in the city. In order to be authoritative, correct, and on top of things, I set out to eat. My dumpling adventure spanned two separate days. On day one, I ate at three (3) dim sum restaurants and bought takeout dim sum from a fourth. On day two, I went to three (3) takeout dim sum shops, a bakery, and five (5) dumpling joints.
I dined by myself. Dim sum and dumplings are a solitary or group food that you can eat any time of day. I ordered judiciously from each spot to sample a broad variety of items.
Not wanting to waste, I brought a cooler with me in the trunk of the car to stash leftovers. Leaving food at an Asian restaurant is preposterous. That’s what Chinese takeout boxes are for! On each of the dim sum days, I came home with a loaded cooler.
My husband Rory knew that dinner was basically made. Add a salad or stir-fried green vegetable and we had a dumpling party. Never have I reheated so many dumplings and dim sum. I learned a lot about how to transport and refresh pre-cooked dumplings.