Dim Sum Tapas
Some days don’t quite work out the way you hoped they would, but it’s okay. One thing that you might not know about me is that I don’t mind dining alone, and I’ve done it a fair amount throughout my life. Thank goodness for that, because Winston and I had plans to check out Dim Sum Tapas featuring Chef Han Ly Hwang from Kim Jong Grillin’, but Winston ended up having to bail because he wasn’t feeling well. I went anyway, and it was delicious!
I don’t know what I was expecting, but the fact that is was served exactly like dim sum surprised me–I assumed that I was getting some sort of dim sum fusion, which it was, but it was also presented to you by the amazing servers so you could pick and choose based on what actually looked good.
I started out with the Bibimbop “Paella” which was bomba rice served with octopus, shrimp, and cucumber in kaiware ginger garlic dressing. The combination of flavors were like heaven in my mouth. I send my compliments to the chef for treating the seafood with respect and not over cooking the shrimp. It’s a rarity to have properly cooked seafood, and this was top notch. The mix was spicy, sweet, and salty–the perfect blend.
Next, I tried the Bulgogi Shumai. I’m a big shumai fan, as it’s one of our go-tos when we grab dim sum as a family, and these tastes like a cross between a shumai and a xiao long bao. The dumplings were juicy and flavorful.
For my last dish, I tried the rice noodles. Once again, I don’t know why I was expecting a small plate of vermicelli-like noodles, but they presented me with three wide rice noodles, similar to “churng fun”. It was awesome–a neat twist on a traditional Chinese dish. They served it with scallion, crispy garlic, crab, and topped it with smoked salmon roe. As I tried each piece, I realized it was unlike any other food I’ve tried. The creative “fusion” was executed perfectly.
To top off my meal, I couldn’t say no to dessert–so I tried the Patbingsu–a horchata shave ice topped with adzuki, chamoe, papaya, and Korean pears. It was crisp and simple, yet a nice light way to end the meal.
If you have the chance to stop into Plaza Del Toro for their next Dim Sum Tapas on March 30, I highly recommend it!