Food is an inextricable part of culture, so it is natural, when traveling, to want the quintessential dish of a region you are visiting. For example, here in Nashville, Hot Chicken is the dish that is often copied outside of our city, but never mastered like the locals here have it mastered.
In the next few months, I'll be checking a bucket list item off of my list: Dim Sum in Hong Kong! Dim Sum in Hong Kong! Yes, I am so excited I am saying it twice.
Maxim’s Palace at City Hall, overlooking Victoria Harbour, offers more than 100 delectable varieties of dim sum. Uniformed waitresses push trolleys stacked high with bamboo steamer baskets of options that range from pork and shrimp dumplings (siu mai) to steamed pork buns (char siu bao) and crispy filled taro puffs. I can't wait to pour a cup of tea, wait for the trolleys to pass my table, and then simply point at what looks good. Or maybe try to say it - I am working on my Mandarin!