So I went to my favorite place while I was in ABQ this Easter weekend. AmerAsia is on the southwest corner of Cornell and Lead in a small building.
Ive had dim sum in a lot of different cities, but this is the best Ive had yet. Imagine that..in Albuquerque of all places.
Ho, the owner has been here as long as I can remember. Back in the late 80s when I first started coming here, she was just a server. She is now the owner, chef, waitress and all-round nice lady to talk to and she never forgets a face. I havent been there in over 3 years and she asked me where I had been, because she was used to seeing me at least once a month. (Made me feel all warm inside)
For those of you not familiar with dim sum, the official definition is, a selection of small dishes served for snacks and lunch in China. These dishes include a wide selection of fried and steamed dumplings, as well as various other sweet and savory items for dessert. The term for this Chinese style of eating translates as "Heart's Delight." Its known as the original Chinese food.
We arrived at 1pm and sat ourselves at one of the 10 or so tables. We all ordered the iced teaq which is phenomenal. Its like an herb tea..its SO good!
And right on cue, here come Ho with her loaded cartful of yummy tidbits. I love the way she explained all the dishes to my dining companions, because theyve never been here before and it can be a little intimidating.
So now for my favorite dishes. I ALWAYS get the steamed pork buns. TO DIE FOR! I could literally eat 9 of them. Chicken and peaunut dumplings are great and the spare ribs are on my top 10 list as well. Spicy rice and cold noodle salad are always pleasers. Beef and ginger dumplings are deep fried and yummy. The best part is dessert. Sesame balls filled with plum....oh my god! So good!
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