by Vegas Food Nerd
Dim Sum anyone?
Admittedly, until recently I had not had the opportunity to experience this popular Chinese dining style. I’d heard about it, of course. Norm, the famous Vegas gossip columnist, has often said that his favorite place to dine is the Orchid Garden and to partake in their daily Dim Sum. Also, ever since Melanie Griffith suggested that they serve Dim Sum to Sigourney Weaver in 1988’s Working Girl, I’d been dying to try it. Hey, that Dim Sum suggestion got her noticed, and in the end, she got Harrison Ford. As an inexperienced Dim Sum-mer, (probably not a traditional term), I thought it best to make my first visit accompanied by my good friend who is Chinese.
This is not a romantic dining experience. It is however a very entertaining one. There are steaming carts all over the large dining room, with women and men pushing these rolling food offerings around the entire place, each one with the different selections of Dim Sum on the menu. They’re whizzing around at a dizzying pace. The goal of each server is to empty his or her cart and head back to the kitchen, only to have it filled up again. So it is safe to say, if you are looking for the freshest prepared dishes, pick your menu items from the carts that are the fullest. I’ve seen many Internet reviewers complain that they are constantly interrupted while dining, as the servers continue to wheel carts up to each guest over and over again with new menu items to offer throughout the meal. To those, I say, “Don’t go out for Dim Sum.” Constant chaos and options whirling around you is part of the experience, and to my observation, the part that makes dining this way so unique and just plain fun.
We are seated at a large round table, which has a big lazy Susan in the middle of the table that spins, so you can position which dish you’d like to sample in front of you when you are ready to try it. Each cart is wheeled around the room with new offerings as it passes by. My friend starts quickly picking and choosing different dishes, all of which end up in the middle of the table. The first cart had different steamed buns, one filled with Barbeque Pork, the other filled with a sweet cream. Next came little plates of Chow Mein thin noodles stir-fried with strips of cabbage and soy sauce. The biggest thing I can recommend to our readers though, when venturing to try this place, is to avoid my biggest mistake: pace yourselves! There were so many different dishes to try and they were constantly wheeling out fresh from the kitchen options.
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