This is the post the blogger lost and couldn't restore. Sigh...and it was suck a long post too. I guess this second run around won't be as insightful though my post aren't that insightful to begin. I just like to tell myself that. I don't really believe it.
Anyway, so I went to Red Egg recently with an online coupon in hand. Honestly, I wouldn't have went if I didn't have it. Before I went, I thought it was overpriced Americanized dim sum. But with the discount, it seemed a little more favorable to me: the consumer.
Red Egg is the type of dim sum place that uses the card menu technique of ordering. You won't find any carts rolling around. You won't hear ladies pushing their latest morsel. And most of all, the fried carts won't be rushing to us because we weren't all Chinese. Yes, you had to order from a menu with just written words. No picture, nothing. I think that's a bad way to sell dim sum. It's better to see and smell what you're about to eat. I think most people venture into eating new things better that way. If you describe the food, it gets lost in translation and ultimately people avoid it. But good thing I was around. I was able to mostly decipher the dishes for my guests.
We started with some garlic fried spare ribs ($5.50). The little nibblers of pork (bone-in) were crispy and delicious. The garlic flavor was really pronounced. Each piece didn't have a lot of meat in it but it was enjoyable anyway.
A personal favorite: steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaves ($4.50).
Unwrap the leaf and find a mound of rice inside. Stuffed inside that sticky rice is lots of meat. You would find chicken, pork, Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, and sometimes eggs. They'll throw some mushrooms in there for flavor as well. The rice was too soft here though. It made it difficult to use chopsticks. But the flavor was very nice.
202 Centre St # 1
New York, NY 10013-3613