So I was enviously reading the other thread on Authentic Chinese (it was all in VA! I live in south Baltimore), and started thinking about the dishes that qualify a place as "authentic." I scan the menu within 2 minutes of sitting down, and immediately pronounce the restaurant worthy or not - and I know I'm not the only one! Don't get me wrong, American Chinese can hit the spot too, but what do you look for when you're craving the authentic stuff? (Extra points for also naming a place closer to B'more!)
I'll start with dim sum: my criteria includes sharkfin dumplings (with sharkfin you can see, and bits of chinese mushroom), beef tripe (both kinds, though I prefer the stewed one in soy sauce with radish), shui mai with a quail egg on top, and yes, chicken feet.
How bout you?