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Dim Sum: never, ever served at dinner??

silence9 | Oct 30, 200609:36 PM     20

Hi... On the Los Angeles board, someone mentioned that dim sum is only ever a breakfast/brunch/lunch thing in the world-at-large, which I've never understood. Farmers toiling in the fields since 5:00 a.m. aside, who's _that_ hungry by 10:00 a.m., ready to eat plate after plate of what is essentially asian tapas and small plates? The sheer plenty and diversity of dim sum would seem to recommend its' availability to evenings as well. Is it the handmade quality of production that requires morning and early afternoon consumption? Or perhaps the vast communal/cultural mindset so firmly in place already, to break one's fast with so opulent (in terms of selection) yet affordable (in terms of price) a chowish ritual amidst family and friends? It would seem that for every famished 'morning person' standing in line at 9:59 a.m. ready to pound down dim sum and tea, there might be equivalent 'evening folk' ready to get their grub on and wash it down with cocktails and beer, or perhaps to soak up the effects of cocktails and beer. I'm just not ready for shrimp, pork, various feet, and encasing starches before noon, and thus would never think of seeking out korean BBQ and panchan at 10:00 in the morning. But somehow the same general ingredients, prepared and packaged/presented differently, are so welcome in the morning hours, that often one will miss out if attempting to eat dim sum at 2:00 p.m.. Just as the small plate and tapas boom has found a very willing and receptive market, why no dim sum for me and any other vampyres who only really ressurect an appetite once the sun goes down? I hope that in asking this sincere question, I am not offending anyone, culturally or culinarily...

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