Dim Sum

I’ve lived here for 30 years and been going for Dim Sum on Sunday afternoons at New World in Chinatown for the past decade. I always thought Dim Sum was a weekend thing. Then on Tuesday a friend suggested we meet up for lunch in the West End so I said, ‘What about a Chinese?’ She saids, ‘Sounds good,’ and I suggested New World because it’s good and it’s cheap and the staff aren’t nearly as unfriendly as they are at the nearby Wong Kei. Expecting to order a Peking Duck and some greens with oyster sauce, imagine my surprise when I got to the restaurant to find waitresses pushing around trolleys stuffed with Dim Sum. ‘What’s going on?’ I said to the hostess at the door. ‘I thought Dim Sum was a weekend thing.’

‘Oh no,’ she said. ‘We do Dim Sum every day.’

I felt really sad. I used to look forward to my Dim Sum Sunday. It just doesn’t feel the same knowing that it’s available every single day. It’s like the day the shops started opening on Sunday and suddenly we realised that shopping was no longer a Monday-Friday activity. Some days should be sacred.

6 Comments so far

  1. Eileen (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Good old Wong Kei. I never had to worry about getting back to work late after lunch when I went there, because the staff were sure to kick me off my table before I’d even finished the main course. Very considerate of them, really.


  2. Daniel (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 5:01 am

    I miss new world’s dimsum trolleys and my daily saturday morning wait whilst the film was being developed.

    There is no other place like New World in London and the atmosphere is amazing


  3. stuz (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    Just being curious… why did you think dim sum was a Sunday only dish?


  4. Suzanne Portnoy (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Because I’ve only seen it served on the weekends. The other restarants in Chinatown only serve it on weekends. Or have I been wrong all along?


  5. Suzanne Portnoy (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Because I’ve only seen it served on the weekends. The other restarants in Chinatown only serve it on weekends. Or have I been wrong all along?


  6. stuz (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    Mm.. you might be right, I dont know. I’ve had Dim Sum’s on school nights out.. not in Chinatown tho, but in Shoreditch and Dalston abouts. Probably true that some places only do Dim Sums on Sundays and usually have them really cheapo (dont make them less delicious tho :) between noon and early afternoon.



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