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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant

A restaurant that we try to go to every week here in Southern California is Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant (we call Sundays "Dim sum Dominggo"). The food on the regular menu is good, but we go there for the Dim sum. The price is reasonable (they have a never-ending 20% discount offer for it), and there are so many seafood choices, which makes me happy. I eat my fill of shrimp dumplings, shrimp-stuffed tofu, scallops, shrimp with snowpeas, and the like. I enjoy eating there so much. Even if we are only three and a half (Aidan enjoys the shrimp dumplings, though), we end up ordering up to 18 kinds of Dim sum per meal.

I did some research on Dim sum, since I've been eating it since I was a child and I don't know exactly what the term means. So... according to Wikipedia (which my professors look at with disdain), Dim sum is a Chinese light meal or brunch served with tea. It is usually eaten from morning-to-early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a wide spectrum of choices. It has combinations of meat, vegetables, seafood, and fruit. It is usually served in a small basket or on a small dish.

Dim Sum is a Cantonese term, literally translated as dot heart or order heart, meaning order to one's heart's content. Classical dim sum includes buns, dumplings and rice rolls, which contain a range of ingredients, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options. Many dim sum restaurants also offer plates of steamed green vegetables, roasted meats, congee porridge and other soups.

The serving sizes are usually small and normally served as three or four pieces in one dish. It is customary to order family style, sharing dishes among all members of the dining party. Because of the small portions, people can try a wide variety of food. Dim sum dishes can be ordered from a menu or sometimes the food is wheeled around on a mobile cart by servers.

Seafood Kingdom Chinese Restaurant
9802 Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 636-0398

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