For me, dim sum is a fairly new experience, so when Daantaat recommended Emerald, I thought it would be interesting to try it. Last Saturday I went there by myself and was warmly welcomed. It had been ages since I last had congee, so when the congee cart came rolling by, I couldn't resist. I was expecting like a cup, but I got a full bowl. It was heavenly, the rice had been reduced to smooth creaminess and the whole soup had a wonderous porky flavor. They even topped the soup with 3 or 4 pork skin crunchers. Wonderful. But I could only fit in a couple of other dishes - a shrimp and mushroom dumpling thing and steamed pork ribs with chocolaty black beans.
So the next day I rounded up a couple of friends and was back for more dim sum feasting. Almost everything was outstanding. The squid tentacles and a mysterious cold crunchy green veggie were the highlights (anyone know what that veggie is?), but we all enjoyed the food and ate until we were more stuffed than the dumplings. And again, the staff was friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Thanks for the rec!!