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Good news: Fresh dim sum returns to Reno

SteveTimko | Jun 8, 2008 03:02 PM

CaiE's Oriental Cafe opened Monday in south Reno in the same shopping center as Smith's. In addition to a regular Chinese menu they offer dim sum. They have a limited dim sum selection Monday through Friday and expand the dim sum menu to 38 items on Saturday and Sunday.
After trying five dim sum items today I can say I like CaiE's Oriental Cafe. The quality is roughly the same as the now closed The One. I expect I'll be going back to try more.
I was actually on South Meadows Parkway to try a sushi place this morning when I checked in again on CaiE's, which has been under construction for some time. The open sign was up so I went there instead. I had no idea they served dim sum but when I walked through the door the waiter handed me a dim sum menu. I was in business.
I ordered sixitems: siu mai beef, siu mai chicken, a chick spring roll, a chive and shrimp dumpling, a shrimp dumpling and a noodle rool with barbecue pork. I substituted the chive and shrimp for the mango pudding I had originally ordered, because I know Janet would want a report on the mango. But they were out.
It was all good. No failures. The siu mia chicken and beef were items I don't remember seeing on other dim sum menus. Seems like it's always pork. The chicken was pretty good, maybe the best thing I tried. The staff recommended the shrimp dumpling over the shrimp and chives, but I actually liked the chives better. There was something pasty about the shrimp in the shrimp dumplings.
The noodle roll was good, but I think I preferred the noodle roll at The One. The CaiE's noodle rool was a little too watery. Plus they put straight soy sauce over it. I think the noodle roll at The One had something else with the soy sauce.
The owner originally opened a store in Carson City and has plans for another one in Reno, I believe. She said the dim sum is made fresh each morning in Sparks and shipped out. She's also working on getting permission to let her manufacturre dim sum so it can be sold in other places.
I liked the dim sum at CaiE's Oriental Cafe and I look forward to going back and trying some of the non dim sum dishes. I can also see a Chowdown there some Sunday in next month or two.
The dim sum menu says they open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but the regular menu says 11 a.m. I'm not sure what time they open.
By the way, the art work on the wall was drawn by the owner.
CaiE's Oriental Cafe
770 S. Meadows Parkway #101
Reno, NV 89521
(775) 853-9668

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