Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dim Sum at Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant

One of the best things about the weekends is rolling out of bed with the sunrise instead of the blaring alarm clock and getting dim sum with family and friends. Dim sum is a Chinese meal of little platters enjoyed with hot tea for breakfast or brunch. My first experience with dim sum was in Honolulu’s Chinatown at Won Kee Seafood Restaurant where they open their doors at 8 in the morning to welcome those who want steaming hot food for breakfast. There is nothing better than walking into a loud and busy dim sum restaurant because you know that the food is going to be good and fresh! It has become a ritual to wake up at sunrise and head straight for dim sum whenever my sisters and I reunite in Honolulu.

Most of the Asian restaurants in South Florida don’t open their doors until 10 or 11am even if they specialize in dim sum so we normally do brunch. C invited us to dim sum at Toa Toa today to avoid the Mother’s Day crowd tomorrow. There were 3 of us and we ordered 9 little platters which worked out perfectly. It was enough to satisfy us without inducing serious food coma. I’ve been to Toa Toa a dozen times in the past several years and their dim sum has always been consistently good. Reasonable prices and quick service are always appreciated as well. :)

Clockwise from upper-left: Toa Toa Restaurant, Fried Stuffed Taro, Fried Shrimp Taro & Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

Clockwise from upper-left: Pan-fried Shrimp & Chive Dumplings, Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls w/ Ground Beef, BBQ Pork Buns & Steamed Shrimp Dumplings

Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant
4145 NW 88th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33351