First Dim Sum Experience (Ever!)
So today for lunch myself and a four others decided to try a local dim sum place. Never having tried it before, I didn't really know what to expect besides the fact that the workers brought around food that you could choose from. When we got there we were told it would be a wait, since the tiny restaurant was packed (one of the other UConn students who also came can speak Cantonese pretty well). After realizing there was no wait list, we figured out that to get a table we would need to stand directly behind diners eating their meals and wait until they had finished eating, then sit down immediately after they got up (even before the tables were cleared of their dirty dishes).
We waited for awhile, uncomfortable to be so pushy. However, we realized if we ever wanted to try the food here, we would have to do exactly as everyone else did who came in after us and were seated before us. I was actually the one who was able to manage to hastily sit down after a group left, and we were sitting with an older Asian couple who spoke a little English.
Our bowls, cups and chopsticks arrived in a large bowl full of boiling hot water which was to be used to wash everything. Since one of the people with us spoke Cantonese pretty well and had experienced the foods involved in dim sum, he was in charge of figuring out the food we would order. Receiving the food was a whole other story itself - occasionally a worker would walk around with an order of food, asking in Cantonese if anyone wanted any, but more often than not, one person from each group would have to go up to a long, hectic line near the front of the store where they kept their main stock of freshly made food and retrieve it. Each time we received a new dish, we passed them our receipt in which they marked down what we had ordered. We (I mean they as I do not eat any meat) got seven rounds of different orders to try (plus complimentary tea). I was able to sample a solid half of the seven dishes (pictured above).