She is back in town again and wanted to make a return trip. How could I say no? Last week the three of us were joined by our friends Les and Carla; we all met up at Empress at noon.
Eventually she came back around and we were able to learn that they are shrimp dumplings with mango. I'd never tried that before so we got a plate. I wasn't a big fan of the mango but the batter was so crisp and the shrimp so good that I would gladly eat these again.
The only thing I wanted but was not able to get were the fried spinach dumplings, but I did not see them anywhere, so we called it a lunch. The above was our dim sum tally, with our drinks and spring rolls scribbled down on the back. You hand it to a waiter, who rings up the bill for you. Even with all our food and beers, after tax and tip it was only eighteen dollars per person. It's always so much fun, it would be worth it at twice the price.
I will close with a picture I sent to my good friend Bryce, a fellow lover of dim sum with whom I shared one of my first meals at Empress Pavilion almost seven years ago. He replied "I wish I could trade places with you." But he was at work and he's a dentist; that probably wouldn't have worked out well for anyone.