“To Touch the Heart” —

(Note: It’s probably best to look at this post AFTER you’ve eaten a meal!!!!)

It’s been said for ages that the way to a man’s heart— or a woman’s, for that matter —  is through the stomach.

In that spirit, we set out with visiting fellow blogger and dear friend Jen of Random Acts of Writing to Oriental Flavor, the one and only dim sum restaurant in nearby Amherst. Jen had never had dim sum before, so we were tickled to be able to to introduce her to the delicious little snacks that are served as dim sum, a meal also known as yum cha.

(The literal meaning of dim sum is given by Wikipedia as “touching the heart”, as it was originally just a snack, not a full meal. My own personal translation of yum cha is yummy tea meal, although an actual Chinese-speaker would probably disagree.)

Here’s how our yummy tea meal touched our hearts that day, as Jen experienced it for the first time:

Place Setting

Chopsticks and a pot of jasmine tea, and we got down down to business, first plate:

Har Gow

Har gow, Crystal Shrimp Dumplings glistening in their translucent ivory rice flour wrappers around a chopped shrimp filling. Next came fried shrimp balls, same shrimp but very different taste:

Fried Shrimp Balls

and with them came pork shu mai:

Pork Shu Mai

In the twinkling of an eye, the view changes:

Yummy Shrimp Ball

Yum Cha! Followed by crepes of tofu skin rolled around a pork, shrimp, and shiitake mushroom following:

Stuffed Crepes of Tofu Skin

I’m getting hungry all over again! But however willing the spirit, sooner or later the flesh has had enough. And so it was for us. Room enough for two desserts:

Fried omochi balls with sesame, filled with lotus paste

We shared a pair of omochi sticky rice balls wrapped around sweet lotus paste, and fried with sesame seeds. Then, for the grand finale:

Egg Tarts

Tender egg tarts in flaky pastry. We groaned a little, but polished them off anyway.  And here are the happy friends,  bellies full, hearts touched, smiling from ear to ear in our first ever selfie:

Yum Cha! All’s well with the world!





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29 Responses to “To Touch the Heart” —

  1. Jen Payne says:

    The meal, most certainly, ranks as one of my favorites. The adventure of new food things and the joy of good friends? It touched my heart!!


  2. How very delightful…………oh what fun, wish we had been with you. I love, love, love the selfie with all the smiling faces. You are right……….I am off to the kitchen to find a snack!!!


  3. Patti Kuche says:

    Groaning with longing at the sight of some of my favorite things and lucky Jen to have such good guides!


  4. Jen Payne says:

    But only if I can have more of those omochi! : )


  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh I’ve just had an amazing weekend with my blogging sister Christine of Dadirri Dreaming, isn’t it wonderful to be able to meet up?


  6. cocomino says:

    The food yummy Especially, I love egg tarte 🙂


  7. I do love dim sum and always but always eat too much.


  8. Madhu says:

    I love Yum Cha……and I didn’t heed your warning 😦


  9. It looks yummy! What fun to meet up with fellow blogger! I’ve met one too … the delightful Joss … briefly in an airport.


  10. Liz says:

    Touching the heart, I never knew that’s what it meant. That was a meal and a half…well worth eating. Lovely selfie….


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