|McDonald's is right next door,
but why would you go there?
Originally a Cantonese custom, dim sum is closely linked to the Chinese tradition of "yum cha" or drinking tea. I had a couple of cups of tea before my lunch guest arrived because it was -17 degrees Celsius today in Concord. We had taro and Chinese broccoli as well grilled bean curd sheet rolled with shrimp. They accommodated my gluten-free diet and brought us beef with rice noodles and some lotus leaves all wrapped up with rice and meat inside.
My friend, Andy Sylvia, who has some grasp of written (simplified) and spoken Chinese already pointed me to www.nciku.com, an invaluable resource for the neophyte hoping to make sense of a complicated tonal language. Another friend, Irene Rawlings, who wrote The Clothesline Book with Andrea van Steenhouse, is sending me some CDs for Christmas that will allow me to learn some of the sounds and key words and phrases.
My excitement is building every day.