Asian Pearl Restaurant Review
Dear Dim Sum
How do I express my love for such sweet and savory little bites of love? Let me count the ways..
1) Small Bites – Dim Sum reminds me of appetizers, which I find way more exciting than entrees because you can sample multiple plates instead of one big dish. (I’m also indecisive, so selecting several plates is just easier for me).
2) Sharing – Each plate is meant to be shared, and with each order, the table spreads love. Sharing is caring, right?
3) Sweet and Savory – One of my favorite combinations is sugar and salt. Popcorn and M&Ms are a great combo, so is a chocolate bar with hot Cheetos, or salt lightly sprinkled on top of a cookie… Dim sum offers sweet dumplings alongside savory dumplings, giving me the best of that sweet, salty world.
Yes, I have an infatuation with dim sum. Since I was a little girl, I get excited with the clanging of the carts circling our table, stretching my neck to see if my favorite custard tart is being wheeled around, squirming in my seat with anticipation as a plate of small delectables are brought to the table to share.
Each little steamed, baked, fried dumpling or roll reminds me of individually wrapped presents that are so delightful I get as excited as a kid on her birthday. From sweet barbecue pork in shiny sticky buns to fried and flaky balls stuffed with minced shrimp, steamed rolls of mushrooms doused in soy sauce, to dumplings full of sweet taro or sesame paste.
Though I love dim sum, I should stress that not all places do it well. I’ve had bland and dry shumai (steamed pork and mushrooms) at buffets, or gone to restaurants that don’t offer custard buns (my favorite!). But, at Asian Pearl my cravings are more than satisfied. My stomach is usually threatening to pop the button of my jeans by the time I’m done eating.
There are WAY too many dishes to list, and I admit that I am still trying new ones each visit. The latest was fried intestines, ordered by a friend of mine. Don’t scoff, it was actually flavorful, topped with jalapenos, giving a flaming bite with the crispy exterior to the chewy inner texture. Not bad. Worth trying, anyway.
When I was younger, I was told that dim sum loosely meant – point to your heart’s desire. That’s not exactly accurate, but the sentimentality of the whole experience still resonates with me.
And, what I desire is another trip to Asian Pearl.
Read more reviews by Amelia on her Yelp page.