A year is quite a milestone in the life of a blog, I feel. So many blogs fall by the wayside a few posts in, once their creators realise the time and effort required to keep a blog going and lose their initial momentum. So I was very happy to reach my first blog birthday a few weeks ago. I’m still loving sharing my love for food and haven’t lost steam yet!
Of course, the most appropriate way to celebrate the birthday of a food blog is to enjoy some great food and, as mine fell on Good Friday, I was pleased that a few friends could join me. I fancied going somewhere I’d been visiting for ages, with that comfortable feel of the familiar that comes of knowing the place and staff and looking forward to long time favourites on the menu. And of course, it had to be food for sharing.
So dim sum at Gerrard’s Corner in China Town it was.
The best thing about dim sum with 8 people is being able to order so many dishes. We had all kinds of goodies, including virtually all my favourites – a variety of steamed Chinese dumplings with meat and seafood fillings, silky cheung fun filled with savoury Chinese doughnut, seafood croquettes, sesame prawn parcels, delicious minced-meat-filled taro croquettes, cold and spicy Thai octopus, turnip cake stir fry, stir-fried noodles and bean sprouts, sticky rice parcels, beef balls and even chicken feet, which, in the photos below, you can see Rachel look nervous about, try for the first time and then judge it a positive experience!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the dishes, I know I certainly did! And we washed them all down with some of Pei’s teas (available from his website), which the restaurant kindly provided us teapots and hot water to brew.
We finished with custard tarts and sesame dumplings. The custard tarts were soft and creamy and with a wonderfully light pastry. And I was so pleased to be able to order the sesame dumplings I love so much – I’m seldom with others who like them and I just can’t eat a portion of 3 on my own. That hot, sweet, dark nutty filling is just delightful!
A table groaning under the weight of so many delicious dishes!
Rachel and the chicken feet
Friends helping me celebrate!