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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prince Dim Sum House

Today is the Chinese New Year and to celebrate the start of the year of the snake we went out for dim sum. Literally meaning "touch the heart," dim sum is the original small-plates cuisine, a series of dumplings and other steamed or fried items - served on small dishes or in bamboo steamers - that are inextricably tied to the experience of "yumcha," or drinking tea.

We went to Prince Dim Sum House on East 14th Street in San Leandro for a very authentic meal. They were very busy but we only had to wait for thirty minutes for a table. The hot tea came out immediately and we enjoyed a toast before the first cart came by with steamed offerings.

We started with steamed dumplings of Pea Sprouts and Shrimp.
After that course, we had some mushrooms stuffed with shrimp that were really good but we ate them before I remembered to pull the camera back out. Luckily, the next cart was one of my favorite with the baked and fried dumplings.

We choose deep fried shrimp balls, Sesame Sweet Rice Dumpling, BBQ pork bun and deep fried shrimp dumplings. All of which were well flavored, although there wasn't much meat in the pork bun.

Then we tried the Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls and, again, I was too busy eating to take a picture.

We ended the meal with more sesame sweet rice dumplings because they were so darn good.

I definitely recommend, for the non-Chinese speakers, grabbing the paper menu before sitting down. Have the women pushing the carts point out what the items are, especially if you don't want chicken feet or boiled beef tripe.

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