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Chinese Dim Sum in Chinatown Chicago

Updated on May 2, 2010

I had such a craving for Chinese Dim Sum every now and then. So, I decided to drive two and half hours to Chicago yesterday to eat! Of course I got together with my mom, my sisters, my brother-in-law, and my nephews. We arrived around 9:30 AM at Shui Wah Chinese Restaurant in Chicago. It is located at the Chinatown Square on Archer Avenue in Chinatown. That is the popular Dim Sum place in Chicago. I think they open at 8:30 AM. If you don’t want to wait long, I suggest that you go there before 9 AM. We had to wait for a few minutes but it was not bad.

We sat down and they gave you an order sheet. We started checking everything on the list! Well, almost did! In some of the bigger places or some of the bigger cities like San Francisco, New York, San Diego, they actually push the carts full of Dim Sum to let you pick out whatever you like instead of ordering from a sheet. If you happen to go to Chicago Chinatown for Dim Sum, you are not sure what to order or expect. Don’t worry, I will show you some of the delicious Dim Sum with pictures so you know what it is when you order.

We ate so much that everyone must have gained a few pounds! I thought I share some of the Dim Sum with you here! Enjoy your Chinese Dim Sum. Here is a link you can visit for more information.

Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gao)-the most common Dim Sum
Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gao)-the most common Dim Sum
Pork Dumpling (Siu Mai-the most common Dim Sum
Pork Dumpling (Siu Mai-the most common Dim Sum
Steamed Beef Balls
Steamed Beef Balls
Beef Tripe
Beef Tripe
Fried Taro-my favorite
Fried Taro-my favorite
Mixed Vegetable Crepe
Mixed Vegetable Crepe
Fried Dough-good with Congee
Fried Dough-good with Congee
Congee (Rice Soup)
Congee (Rice Soup)
Minced Pork Dumpling
Minced Pork Dumpling
Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Shrimp Roll
Shrimp Roll
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf
Stuffed Eggplant
Stuffed Eggplant
Steamed Egg-Yolk Cream Roll
Steamed Egg-Yolk Cream Roll

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Ohhh yummy!!

      We used to this in the Philippines, Tim-tim!! Go to a hotel in Manila just to eat dimsum.

      From where I used to live, Manila was two hours away..

      Glad you had fun with your family.

      Thanks for sharing..

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I love that type of food and those pictures look fabulous. I know you each had a great time eating so well.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks, Melinda! I wish I can go to Manila some day. In fact, I have not been back in Hong Kong since I came here. Maybe you can share some pictures with me when you go:) Thank you for reading my hub!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Pamela, thank you for stopping by. I just wish that is a shorter trip! No wonder I gained so much because I eat too much, LOL!

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      Michael 7 years ago

      Now you did it. Instead of relaxing tonight I am off to Shui Wah, LOL.

      Great Pictures

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice article I appreciate the pictures, the food looks great.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      I love dumplings ! I usually don't eat breakfast before 10AM on the weekends but I could make an exception. Plus I would love to tak in a Cubbies game at Wrigley , its on my bucket list !

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Michael, I am still full from the Dim Sum,LOL. It was good! Wish you were there!Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Truth From Truth,thank you for visiting my hub! Dim Sum was delicious!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Tony, I bet the Dim Sum in San Diego is much better than Chicago! I have been in San Diego and went to this one restaurant. I don't remember the name, of course. We had Dim Sum and at night, we had Peking Duck! Yummy:) You see why I cannot lose weight, LOL. Thanks for visiting my hub!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Good-looking food there Tim-Tim! Bon appetite!

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      china man 7 years ago

      Okay - we get them here in mainland China pretty much the same - so now I have to go learn how to cook them and make recipe ah ! :D

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Thank you for this very inforamtive Hub. You have made me hungry for many of these fine dishes. Very good Hub

      Thank You

      Ron

      As Always Also a2z50

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      Justin Choo 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Tim tim,

      I just need to drive 10 minutes for dimsum!

      You have got it right with the first 2 photos, Har gao and Siu mai. (The bread and butter of tim sum) The rest are just "commercial alternatives."

      By this I mean, they are just very poor alternatives. But I do eat the other varieties as well.

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      artrush73 7 years ago

      Great hub tim-tim :) The dim sum food looks so delicious, made me hungry :)

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Michael,thank you for visiting my hub. I know you don't eat meat but there are some vegetarian dishes too at the Dim Sum place which you might like.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      china man, I think the Siu Mai is pretty easy to make but other than that, I rather go to a Dim Sum Restaurant. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Ron, they are delicious! I can always eat Dim Sum. Just thinking about that makes me hungry! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Good Guy, I love Fried Taro! That is my favorite! It is nice you can drive 10 minutes to get to a Dim Sum Restaurant. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      artrush73,they are so good! I can eat Dim Sum anytime! Thanks for visiting my hub. Now, you are making me hungry:)

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      My friend, now I am hungry, great hub, fantastic pictures and I have never tasted this before. I must be living under a big rock for sure. Thanks for sharing this great hub with us.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Darlene, you cracked me up! You should try that if you haven't. Dim Sum is just Chinese Dumpling. It is so good! Thanks for stopping by.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Eating in Chicago is a sport.. there's always something interesting around the corner. Great post!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      carolina muscle,thank you for your comment. All I can think is food, LOL. No wonder I cannot lose any weight.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      with all those great choices there in Chi town, it's no wonder! LOL

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      I wish to go there at this moment... my mouth is suddenly so watery and I carve for dimsum! They are my favorite! Thanks for sharing! =)

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      DjBryle,thank you for visiting my hub! I can always eat. Don't you see why I cannot lose weight, LOL?

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Tim-tim...how do I always end up on your page when I am hungry? It is 1:39 a.m. NY time and nothing is open close by and this hub has got me so hungry now. grrrrrrrrrrr

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Ghost Whisper 77, that always happen to me too, LOL. Maybe it is time to stock up on the snacks:) They have frozen Dim Sum too at the store. You just have to steam it. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      tim-tim. Hi. I absolutely love chinese food, all these photo's are making me wish that we had a take away near by. In Australia we have what is called dim sims, you can have them fried or steamed, either way they are delicious. I am not sure if they are the same as your dim sum. To gather your family together and drive that distance for a meal, must have been wonderful. I have never had cravings that bad. This is a lovely story and the photo's are beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. That food does look yummy. :) :)

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      oliversmum, thank you for your comment. I am pretty sure they are the same. With the translation, sometimes is a little off with the sound. It was delicious! Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      mdlawyer 7 years ago

      tim-tim your favourite Chinese dishes look mouth-watering. WOW!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Everything looked so good. I love Chinese food and looking at all these wonderful pictures has made me hungry. This was a really great hub.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      mdlawyer, I love fried food! That is my favorite. If you haven't tried, you need to try it. It is delicious! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Nancy,glad to hear that you like Chinese food. One of my sisters asked me if I am ever tired of Chinese food. I said never! I can always eat. That is my problem, LOL. Thanks for visiting my hub!

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I love Dim Sum. But lately I have develop some food allergy like gluten. I hope one day a Real-True Chinese Restaurant will serve gluten free and MSG food exclusively. MSG makes me have nose bleeds.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Teresa, it is too bad that you have food allergies. I hope some day it will grow out. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      Sonja 7 years ago

      P-I want to go there some time w/ you, just to try this-it looks fab!!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks, Sonja. Sure, we should take a trip there!

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      lisa brazeau 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm reading this while having my morning coffee and realized it's been far too long since I've had Dim Sum. I have the day off today and a trip to China town would be a great way to pass the afternoon...shopping and eating!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Lisa, glad you decided to go to Chinatown and have Dim Sum today! Enjoy it,sounds like a fun day! Thanks for visiting my hub:)

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      clspeakstoo 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Great idea for a lens. The food looks good. You got me wanting to dine out for a Dim Sum dinner soon; now I'll just need to locate a great restaurant in my region.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      clspeakstoo,if you like Chinese food, you will love Dim Sum! You got me hungry too, LOL. Mine is a couple hours away. If I need to, I will go during the weekend. Thanks for visiting me hub. Hope you enjoy my virtual food:)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Just came back to look at your food again! I wish your Dim Sum place was right here!

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks, Micky Dee:)

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Delicious, it made me very hungry. I'll be on the look out for some of those when I'm in the right venue.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Thanks,katyzzz. I can never get enough of Chinese food. I was just up in Chicago this past weekend. I, of course, stopped by for Dim Sum again! Wish you were there!

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      your fantastic hubs are like dim sum - they offer a fine array of treats and confections - with impeccable taste and a feast for my palette

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Glad you like it! I love Dim Sum:) Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      cheapskatemate 6 years ago from London

      Don't you get Prawn Cheung Fun in Chicago? It might be the similar to your vegetable crepe, and is one of the favourites here in London. I can never decide if I prefer the Prawn Cheung Fun more, or the taro croquette.

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Yes,cheapskatemate, In Chinese, "Ha Chueng".You are right! It is like the Vegetable Crepe.I love the Fried Taro, a must for me! Thank you for visiting my hub. Now I am hungry for Dim Sum.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Could I have some to go please?!

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Sure, Micky Dee. Believe it or not, they have a few vegetarian dishes. I bet you would like those:)

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      ms_fran 6 years ago

      These were fantastic. I am so hungry now.

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Ms. Fran, thank you for reading my hub. I love Dim Sum!

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      June Parker 10 months ago from New York

      I am drooling. I wish there was a good Chinese dim sum restaurant in our area. I miss eating it so much.

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