Food. My joie de vivre. We are in what is called one of the world’s food capitals. Seriously you cannot walk anywhere without finding something delicious to eat.
With the incredible myriad of cultures here it is no wonder that you can find just about anything to tempt the palette. I was on the hunt for Dim Sum or Tim Sum as it is called here. Despite my ongoing discussions with The Google and chats with locals, I still have not figured out why they call it Tim Sum. Having said that, I can now say I want to go to Timmy’s and instead of a double double* – I find myself with a har gow. (Note – that is a Canadian joke likely lost on the rest of the world but have included links for the cultural edification of all).
1.CANADIANa cup of coffee with a double serving of both sugar and cream.
Much to our delight new friends suggested we go to a local place called Yang Yang on Anson Road. For a hawker market, it is impeccably clean. The green tea is very strong, and was a perfect morning wake up. Kept me going all day and well past bed time. Note to self, caffeine is not your friend.
I had hoped for the sisterhood of the travelling carts – but alas it seems like many places have decided to reduce staff. No more yelling over one another trying to figure out what the heck was in the little white pockets of rice, it was now self serve. That meant going to the counter and pointing and miming to figure it all out. I suppose the advantage is now there is a bit of exercise going back and forth, and you can get what you want right away. Though I have to say I liked playing “cart roulette” as you anxiously turn around watching carts go by, waving frantically and pointing to that little delectable that makes your mouth water.
On the plus side, all the dishes were recognisable, including the chicken feet (pass). There was even my favourite deep fried taro root and sesame balls. Fresh, well prepared and lots of fun. All in for four people it cost us about $15.00 CDN. Not a bad breakfast/lunch!
The hawking signage left me inordinately entertained:
“New dim sum recommendations~~Faster come to have a try!!”
“Good morning everyone~~this weekend we have variety types of fish to delicate ur day n stomach…..”
“This is new out of the quicksand Cape Conus. Remember this week to try oh”
“All kinds of Dim sum & Noodle r still available. Faster come to have ur lunch now at our restaurant~~”
This place goes on my list of places to eat when you want little portions of little dumplings in little baskets – and brain jet fuel if you need to pull an all nighter.