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What to Eat for Lunch Today: Dim Sum
What is your favorite dish to eat at a Dim Sum Restaurant?
One of the hardest and most frustrating questions I ask myself each and every day (and this is especially true if your lunch breaks are timed) is "What should I eat for lunch today?" Not only have I gone to each and every restaurant within a one mile radius of where I work, but I've been to a couple of restaurants so many times the waitstaff will say "See you tomorrow!" upon my exiting. I find this rather embarrassing.
So, with that being said, I have unearthed (well, not really "unearthed," more like calculated) the most ideal meal for a successful lunch - Dim Sum - as the cuisine doesn't require any cooking (or any real ordering, for that matter) and Chinese restaurants that serve Dim Sum tend to be so packed at lunch time that the waitstaff never has the time to remember who you are. Perfect.
In case you didn't already know, Dim Sum, or as those who speak Cantonese call Yum Cha, is all about simplicity. Once seated at a table, carts are wheeled around the restaurant and all one has to do is take a quick glance into the cart to gauge whether a dish suits their fancy or not. If a dish looks good to the customer, the waitstaff will take the dish out of the cart and place it on the table, then a stamp (or chop, as some would say) is applied to a card that will be taken later to calculate the price of one's meal.
The food, too, is very simple. Simple ingredients, prepared simply is what Dim Sum is all about. According to Wikipedia, Dim Sum is:
"a style of Chinese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates."
So, the next time you're struggling to think of what to eat for lunch - look up a local Chinese restaurant that serves Dim Sum, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the experience. Lunch has, once again, become a time that I very much look forward to!