Restaurant: nom wah Tea Parlor: Chinatown’s First Dim Sum Parlor

So I went back to my roots and tried dim sum for the first time.

Sticky Rice in Bamboo Leaf: very yummy! It had meat and mushrooms inside, too.


Rice Roll with Fried Dough. Basically rice paper wrapped around fried dough. Very yummy and also very bad for you 🙂

First time. I am 20. Don’t laugh.

Scallion Pancakes. I didn't really like these; they were just fried bread with minimal scallions.

I went to nom wah, NY Chinatown’s oldest dim sum parlor (13 Doyers St, between Bowery & Chatham Sq, New York, NY 10013).

Stuffed Eggplant. Stuffed with... shrimp, evidently. I did not like the eggplant part; it was so drenched in oil. But the shrimp stuffing was pretty good.

Dim sum basically works like this: Go with a group, 3-4 people is a good number. Everyone orders 2-3 dishes that come in small servings, like 4 dumplings or two sticky rice in bamboo leaf… things. Then, you share! Kind of like tapas.

Fried Shrimp Ball. These were very very delicious. Inside is pure shrimp, and cooked perfectly.

It was so much food! And just when you think it’s over, another dish comes out, since they are served as soon as they are ready. It makes eating quite exciting.

Being pointed to: Shrimp Sui Mai, which was super delish; in the lower right corner, Pork Sui Mai.We also got an assortment of dumplings including Taro, Veggie, and I think shrimp dumplings. We were all big fans of shrimp, I guess!

Exceedingly filling, but surprisingly inexpensive.

And last but not least, what I believe was Shanghainese Soup Dumplings. These were really yummy; but be careful, because they explode hot soup in your mouth! They came with red chili sauce which was also delicious.

And according to the native Chinese person of the group, this dim sum was quite authentic. Score!

No one got Chicken Feet though. Maybe next time…

There were five of us, and the check came out to be just over $50. Not bad. We were all definitely full and happy.

We had to wait about 40 minutes for a table, but it was worth it.

If in the mood for dim sum, I would definitely recommend nom wah!


2 comments on “Restaurant: nom wah Tea Parlor: Chinatown’s First Dim Sum Parlor

  1. hueynews says:

    love the pics! I want to try the exploding soup 🙂

  2. […] City featuring eats of Chinatown used a photo I took for their documentary, from my blog post about Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers St, Chinatown, […]

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