Today it was our privilege to be the guests of several friends at the Spring Villa in Markham. We enjoyed a wonderful dim sum experience. Now “dim sum” is hard to define so I am going to direct you to Wikipedia (dim_sum) for a more detailed description.
Basically Wikipedia says that “Dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to “drink tea” (yum cha, 飲茶).”
Our menu included tea, beef, deep-fried pumpkin, squid, octopus, eggplant, tripe (stomach), various vegetables, sticky rice, spring rolls, beef noodles, sponge cake, more tea and more tea, and a whole lot more that I cannot name. I am going to include a few pictures to help your vision and your appetite. You will have to figure out which is which. The one picture of me is to prove that I had some of the tripe.
Our friends want to assure the world that there was no “moo goo gai pan” in sight. They are firm that “moo goo gai pan” does not exist in real Chinese restaurants. Only in ones that pretend to be Chinese!
It was fun and we had a great time talking and laughing about all kinds of things. Thanks to our friends for this happy event. . . . . TLT