Friday, December 9, 2011
Blog Intermission no. 18 (entr’acte) Dim Sum in Gardena, California
On our way to the Los Angeles Airport we stopped for lunch at a “Dim Sum” restaurant. This restaurant is located in Gardena, not far from the airport and was recommended by my daughter.
The Sea Empress Seafood Restaurant is known as an authentic Chinese restaurant serving high quality dim sum.
When I lived in San Francisco I used to love to go to Chinatown to eat – a dim sum meal was a favorite. Dim sum, a Cantonese specialty, started as a snack rather than a full size meal. The dishes are prepared as small-bite size or individual portions of food. They are served on small plates or small steamer baskets.
Service is fast because as soon as you sit down the servers come to your table with rolling carts containing tantalizing food.
Some of the food is cooked in front of you, like the tasty greens below. They are delicious with the sauce provided.
I especially liked the tiny fried fish below.
As the server passes by with the cart, you select the small plates. A card is stamped each time so that at the end of the meal all the dishes will be added for the bill. Once the dishes are on the table each person selects what they wish to eat, such as har gow, sui maj, turnip cakes, dumplings and a large variety of delicious things whose names I don’t know.
Sometimes I am not sure what the dish is, but it is fun to find out (and sometimes I ‘d rather not know …)
The little buns below – don’t know their names – made of bean paste with sesame seeds are a good dessert. I had one, then took another.
The meal was quickly finished which was good since we had a plane to catch. The children were sleepy but enjoyed the meals apart from the baby who wondered what all this was about.
It was time to leave, but not before I took some additional pictures of the restaurant décor.
It was clear when our plane took off and I could see Los Angeles from the air.
The sun was rapidly setting though and colors were changing to golden hues.
Au revoir, Los Angeles!