First date experience in China: we went to a museum then he took me to dim sum and got me milk tea afterwards. The perfect first date in Michelleland and I am already fantasizing about the second. Food = guaranteed happy date.
Okay let’s break it down into two segments: dim sum and milk tea. Each deserves its own damn article so we will focus on dim sum first.
You can’t say you have experienced Cantonese food if you haven’t been to dim sum. You haven’t experience Cantonese cuisine without drinking chrysanthemum tea in a noisy setting with servers pushing carts filled with steamed dishes around and stamping your ticket. You just can’t.
In Cantonese, dim sum means to order as one wishes aka to order à la carte. It is also known as “yum cha” which means “drink tea.” Dim sum is eaten typically around brunch time and honestly, no real Cantonese restaurant should have dim sum offered for dinner. Dishes that are a MUST at traditional Cantonese teahouses:
Okay, I can go on and on, but we are limited here guys. If you want me to set out a menu, let me know! And if you want the best dim sum in OKC, head over the Fung’s Kitchen in the Asian District. Dim sum is only served on weekends from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and is typically packed by 11! Get there early to grab a table, but don’t think you can leisurely sit afterwards — the boss lady will ask you to leave so others can dine.
There is another restaurant in the Asian District called Grand House that was the first restaurant in OKC to offer dim sum. The first and the oldest, but that doesn’t mean it is the best. The quality of their dim sum has declined greatly over the past decade. It holds a special spot in my heart though since so many childhood memories were made there. My grandma and her friends would drink tea while us kids would hide under the large round tables and eat the rock sugar that came with the chrysanthemum tea.
A little birdy (my grandma) told me that there’s a new place serving dim sum. The team behind the newly opened Kwan’s Kitchen is related to the folks who run Fung’s Kitchen. Kwan’s does a dim sum appetizer on the dinner menu, but the rest of the time it’s a French-Cantonese fusion with a little bit of Vietnamese influence. Check it out!