Last week our chambers went out to lunch together. By "chambers" I mean the judge, the two clerks, and our secretary (sorry, no, I mean our "judicial assistant"). Anyway, the idea came up when I went out with the judicial assistants for pau hana last week (pau hana literally means "after work" but you know it better as happy hour). Our judicial assistant and I were talking and I asked her where I could find good Manapua. I told her that I could only seem to find it at 7-Eleven. She was not pleased. So she suggested we all go to lunch at the place where you can get the good stuff, especially since it is walking to distance to our office. Upon hearing about lunch, however, my judge decided that he'd rather go for Dim Sum. Since we all like dim sum, this was no problem. They suggested Golden Palace in Chinatown.
Dim sum is a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Going for dim sum is usually known in Cantonese as going to "drink tea." Dim Sum is usually linked with the older tradition of yum cha (tea tasting), which has its roots in travellers on the ancient Silk Road (i.e. an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world) needing a place to rest. Thus teahouses were established along the roadside. I just call it Chinese tapas. I hate tapas, though, because they are ridiculously overpriced for essentially no food. Definitely a rip off. Dim sum, however, is not like that at all and Golden Palace is awesome.
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In Chinatown and other neighborhoods with a lot of foot traffic, dim sum is an everyday occurrence, generally served from the early morning to early afternoon. I definitely recommend Golden Palace, and if you're ever in the mood for tapas, opt for dim sum instead.