It's only around a year ago that I was properly introduced to dim sum. I know, it's sad, huh? I mean, obviously I'd had Chinese food before, but generally as take out and nothing like this. My partner is Chinese and originally from Wirral, so each time we drive north to visit his family we head across to Liverpool for food.
Since moving to Wales, we're only 2 hours away l and I think he feels better just being closer to dim sum. He gets really bad withdrawals if he goes without it for too long. We eat a LOT of Chinese food at home, but the skill involved in making dim sum is way beyond anything I'll ever master. I get excited when my rice isn't stuck to the bottom of the pot. Impressive, I know.
Tai Pan Restaurant is one of our favourite places and is located next to the WH Lung Supermarket on Great Howard Street. It's so popular that, at times, we've had to queue to get in. It's one of the largest Chinese Restaurants in Liverpool and it's always bustling. As the clientele is predominately Chinese, you know they must be doing something right. It has an extensive dim sum menu and service is always quick and efficient.
Three Meat Roast with Rice - one of my personal favourites
I have developed a serious craving for Char Siu Bao (steamed pork buns) and Lo Mai Gai (glutinous rice with chicken, mushrooms and Chinese sausage wrapped in bamboo leaves) and LT loves the Har Gow (prawn dumplings) and Siu Mai (pork and crab dumplings). The literal meaning of dim sum is 'touching the heart' and it is a traditional Cantonese offering. It's the Chinese equivalent of tapas, which is probably why I like it so much. I mean, who could resist these little bamboo steamed baskets being delivered to their table??
Glutinous rice parcels
Once you've stuffed yourself silly (Every. Single. Time), Tai Pan will gladly supply you with containers in which you can pack up all the extra stuff you ordered that you were unable to eat. You can then pop the extra food in the car and dive into the Chinese supermarket next door to buy MORE Chinese food to take home with you. Us? We loaded up with 20KG of rice and extra Char Siu Bao and headed off into the sunset. When we arrived home after a long day in Liverpool, we reheated the leftovers and stuffed ourselves for a second time. You can never have too much good Chinese food, right? That's the motto in our house, anyway.