I took Pandagirl into the city today to meet two of my girlfriends for Dim Sum. We went over to the Golden Unicorn on East Broadway in Chinatown. Dim Sum is a great and inexpensive way to try lots of different Chinese foods. This was Panda’s first experience ever and I was really proud of her for trying so many new, and sometimes strange-looking things. In the end she decided the spring rolls were her favorite.
This was only my second or third Dim Sum outing; all previous times had been with Karen and Elisa as well. I think I had Vietnamese food for the first time with Elisa. She, by the by, is a singer-songwriter extraordinaire; please do visit her website here.
After lunch we wandered over to Mott Street and Aji Ichiban candy store. Besides candy, they have a wide variety of dried fruits and other exotic foods. Panda picked a few chocolates and some dried strawberries; I found some dried strawberry plums I really liked a lot.
From there it was over to Grand Street and Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, for coffee and pastries.
We caught a 3:00 train home. Panda was asleep before we were out of the tunnel. I held on long enough to give the tickets up to the conductor then I crashed hard.
Woke up wondering what to make for dinner after such a day of feasting, and thinking about novels of Chinese food and culture that I could recommend. I didn’t have to think very long: two of the absolute best are The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones, and Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah. If forced to pick between the two, then Last Chinese Chef, no question. Read that and then go read everything Nicole Mones has written.