Dim sum hits downtown Minneapolis
Kate N.G. Sommers
I must admit I am not the authority when it comes to dim sum. My first experience was a mere six weeks ago while visiting San Francisco, and while it was delicious, I have a kryptonite: I'm deathly allergic to shellfish. This doesn't make ordering mysterious foods particularly exciting, unless of course you're a fan of the friendly game Russian roulette. When I received an invitation to preview the dim sum at Wondrous Azian Kitchen, however, I felt my chances of not being poisoned by hiding crustaceans would be better here than anywhere--and hey, free brunch!
This is how it works: The server (in most cases for us, this was owner Thom Pham) wheels up a hot cart filled with steaming baskets, and describes the options to be had. Under normal circumstances, I believe it's a decide-as-you-go based on what is in the cart. In our case, we were presented with one of what seemed to be everything on the menu.
Kate N.G. Sommers
Being a bit timid about my daunting allergy, I sampled only the dishes obviously shellfish free, which seemed to be about a fourth of the options. The other diners were up to their ears with options like shrimp dumplings, tender squid with green onions and ginger, and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf filled with pork shrimp and egg, while I enjoyed breadstick noodle and steamed red bean buns.
As a non-shellfish-eating meat eater, it certainly wasn't ideal, which would provoke me to say it isn't terribly vegetarian friendly. For shellfish loving omnivores, however, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
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