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What to tip at authentic Chinese/dim sum?

EdwinNJ | Dec 6, 201404:16 PM

I've been wondering how much I should tip at dim sum places and authentic Chinese in General. Dim sum is served from carts, there isn't even technically a waiter. Who would I be tipping?

In general the staff at authentic Chinese places are hardly waiters. Rarely do they speak English well, they never customize orders, and frankly a lot of times they can be rude (the staring thing, esp., like they want you to leave - even when you're in a group!). Also the places are small, so there's an extremely short walk from the kitchen to the table.

Ignoring the fact that they're usually just satisfactory... well, no, don't ignore that, that's kind of the point, they do so little beyond bringing the food that the service can't even BE good or bad in the first place - tipping someone who isn't providing service that can vary seems to negate the point of tipping.

Is 10% a good compromise?

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