Due to the city's large Cantonese population, there are also a decent number of first-rate dim sum spots, mostly concentrated in the Bellaire/Chinatown area. But in terms of both size and reputation, one local institution outshines the rest.
The appropriately named Ocean Palace is a grand, two-story Hong Kong-style dim sum hall complete with sufficiently gaudy chandeliers and a lotus flower pond. The sumptuous offerings include everything from roast duck and black bean clams to shrimp shumai and two kinds of chicken feet. Accompanied by steaming pots of jasmine or chrysanthemum tea and topped off with beautifully flaky egg custard tarts.
|Upstairs dining hall|
The best part about dim sum, of course, is that all you have to do is wait for a cart to pass, inspect the goods, and point to what you'd like to have on your table.
|Sesame balls and happiness|
Here's the highlight of my conversation with the seven-year-old boy sitting next to me:
他: What's 245 times 45?
我: I'm not sure. Would you like another prawn?
他: It's 11025. I checked on the calculator this morning.我: Cool. Thanks.
他: (Turning to his mother) Mom, I don't think he's especially bright.