A Visual Guide to Kirin Court's Dim Sum

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Alexander Nham
It was Easter Sunday, and I wanted to eat breakfast like I would if I were with family. So I trekked out to Kirin Court in Richardson for dim sum.

There's a lot going on during dim sum, carts racing around the dining room with waiters hawking their goods (usually in Chinese) and dish after dish of unfamiliar fare. I've been eating dim sum all my life, and there are still some dishes that I've never had. So for the wary diner, I present a dim sum primer based on this most recent experience. And don't judge, I didn't eat all of this alone.

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Alexander Nham
Wu gok
A deep-fried taro dumpling stuffed with ground pork. Crispy and greasy, it would probably be the most successful dim sum dish at the state fair.
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Alexander Nham
Har gow
Yes! That is shrimp inside! A dim sum staple. Be gentle with the delicate skin when plucking it out of the container.
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Alexander Nham
Pan-fried turnip cakes
Misleading because it's actually made with radish, it has a crisp exterior with a soft interior, and tastes great with some chili oil and soy sauce.

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Alexander Nham
Chicken Feet
Don't be afraid, just start toe first and don't swallow anything that could be a choking hazard. You should have a nice little pile of bones on your plate when you're done.

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Alexander Nham
Cheung fan
Wide rice noodles rolled with shrimp inside and then doused with soy sauce. Soft and savory, it's like a pillow you want to eat. They come filled with pork and beef too.
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Alexander Nham
Pot stickers
Everyone knows these dumplings. Order them for the less adventurous folk at your table.

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Alexander Nham
Chinese broccoli

Needed something green to convince myself I was trying to be healthy; it didn't help that the vegetation was covered in sodium-laden oyster sauce.

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Alexander Nham
Siumai
Another dim sum essential. Steamed pork and mushroom filling busting out of the dough wrapper. It can be tricky trying to corral one of these guys with chopsticks, so just do what I do and impale it.

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Kirin Court

221 W. Polk St., Richardson, TX

Category: Restaurant

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twinwillow
twinwillow

I have very good (foodie) friends that go Maxim's every Sunday morning. Sorry, but I think Maxim's dim sum is, meh.I like Kirin Court and, Hong Kong Royal.

Just
Just

Kirin Court is okay, but my husband and I definitely prefer the dim sum at Hong Kong Royal in Carrollton. We go almost every other week and actually have "our own" table. If we don't show up the staff gets in a panic. I love it.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I love dim sum,  looks like im going to have to hit up Kirin Court here soon

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Great story-and the food looks adventuresome!

ps-why did they deep fry a Brillo Pad?

twinwillow
twinwillow

It's OK, Kergs. They stopped using the soap filled Brillo Pads after people complained.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

If you eat chicken feet, I'll pay

twinwillow
twinwillow

I'd pay just to eat the chicken feet. Grew up eating them and, loved them!They were always in the pot when my mom stewed chicken, Russian/Jewish style.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I may take you up on that....I would, maybe?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I mean it. I love dim sum. Ate it twice at two different places in LA when I was there last month

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I think their fat noodles in soy sauce cooking at the buffet table by the doors are the best dish, plus you don't have to wait for the cart. Just remember to bring your slip of paper for the server to stamp

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