On the Road: Dim Sum in San Francisco
"As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay." Michael Chang
Billy and I are mostly adventurous eaters.
Categorically we don't eat sea urchin, ghost peppers, or anything over a single pepper in a Korean restaurant. Still, that leaves a pretty wide-open field for other food choices.
However, we are still VERY much working on getting our kids excited about ethnic food. So far they are only really thrilled about Mexican and Italian themes, which I can't reasonably call "ethnic."
I feel as if we get trapped in a vicious cycle where we avoid new restaurants because we don't know if the kids will enjoy new dishes, and they don't ever enjoy new dishes because we don't eat at new restaurants.
For us, the best place to stop the madness is when we are on the road.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, that meant hitting a fabulous Dim Sum restaurant in San Francisco, Dim Sum Club. (Thanks Yelp!)
The fabulousness of dim sum is that it's all small appetizers, so each dish is cheap and you can experiment with a variety of dishes. We buy a fried rice dish and then let the kids go crazy with "whatever sounds good." Fried pot stickers were cheap points because (duh) they are FRIED!
The transition to assorted steamed dumplings was equally successful. Both the Shanghai AND the shrimp versions were hits. The Steamed BBQ Pork Buns were the most visually appealing, but weren't a fan favorite because, the kids said, they were "too dough-y." I had no idea that was even possible.The biggest stretch order also happened to be the biggest hit, Salt & Pepper Calamari. Of course, the offspring picked off everything green, but they LOVED the calamari.
Big win!!The outing was a rousing success. Buford Highway, Atlanta we are heading your way next!What ethnic food have you successfully introduced to your family?