6494 Winchester Road
A couple of weeks ago, we made plans to go eat dim sum with the Smiths at Golden Coast in Cordova. Coincidentally, the Commercial Appeal reviewed it the Friday before. Knowing this already crowded restaurant would be even more crowded due to the review, we decided to go to Nam King, the Smiths' standby.
I grew up near Nam King and we went there all of the time, but never for dim sum. I was so excited, I read this book to the monkeys (Satchel, 8, and Jiro, 6) before we left:
They were really excited after reading it too. I knew that Nam King didn't actually do the dim sum carts, but I hoped the book would make them feel a little adventurous and try the things we ordered off the menu. As you can see, there are a lot of choices:
We basically put the ordering in Colleen's hands. We're smart like that.
Now, as you can see here, the monkeys took one look at the buffet and lost all interest in eating dim sum.
Had I known about the buffet, I might have prepared better, but oh well. It was fine. The kids love a buffet and the many choices kept them busy while we waited for the dim sum.
One after another, we were presented with little plates of delicious treats. Colleen totally rocked the ordering. Pictured left to right: pork spare ribs in black bean sauce, shrimp dumplings, fried taro root puff, baked char sui buns, turnip pudding, deep fried sesame balls, 5 spice beef stomach, beef meatballs, and steamed tofu with shrimp paste.
Sorry--the restaurant was dark and I hate using a flash. The food was much prettier than I make it look!
Other than the beef stomach, which I politely declined to taste, I have to say that everything was really, really good. We barely finished everything and were all totally stuffed.
The next time we go, I'll have to bribe the kids to skip the buffet and try the dim sum. The bribery may involve the line of crap machines in the foyer. I've never seen kids get so excited about strings with mini plastic nun chuks on them!