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7 Dishes to Try if You Want to Switch It Up At Dim Sum



Between the sound of chopsticks clinking against plates, squeaking carts being pushed around, loud conversation in between chews and the warmth from all the steam escaping the bamboo steamers, dim sum can be an overwhelming experience for first-timers. Dim sum is a Chinese, specifically Cantonese, meal made up of small plates of food usually eaten in the morning through early afternoon. There are tons of variety ranging from savory meat and dumpling dishes to sweet pastries. Here is a list of some underappreciated dim sum dishes if you’re looking to branch out from the usual.

1. Fun Guo

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Similar to har gao, these are steamed dumplings typically made with pork and dried radish and mushrooms or even bamboo shoots. The crystal dumpling wrapper makes for a chewy texture.

2. Shrimp Toast

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Fresh shrimp is ground into a paste with seasoning such as soy sauce and rice vinegar then spread onto triangle cut pieces of toast. It then gets fried to golden perfection making for a crispy yet soft medley when you bite into it.

3. Stuffed Eggplant

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If you need some vegetables on your table after all the greasy fried dishes, try eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste and/or minced pork. It’s then topped with a flavorful brown sauce that includes oyster and soy sauce. It pairs great with rice.

4. Radish Puffs

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Encased in a flaky spiral patterned puff pastry, it contains shredded radish as well as Chinese pork. The outside provides a lovely flaky and buttery texture while the inside encapsulates a juicy and savory filling.

5. Steamed Tofu Skin Rolls

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Tofu skin, also known as bean curd, is wrapped around chicken and pork with various vegetables like bamboo shoots and radish. While bean curd doesn’t have a taste to it, the texture of it is springy as you chew. Mixed with the meat and vegetables it’s a solid dish to add to your table.

6. Lotus Seed Bun

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Once you’re ready to move on to something sweet to end your dim sum dining, try a lotus seed bun instead of the popular egg tart or red bean buns. It’s filled with a lotus seed paste which has a mildly sweet taste, perfect for those who want something sweet but not overtly so.

7. Deep Fried Twisted Egg Puffs

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These sweet treats are twisted pieces of egg dough deep fried then drizzled with honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. They’re light, crispy, and sticky-sweet.


Lunar New Year is Officially Named a School Holiday in New York



Lunar New Year has officially been named a holiday for public schools in New York.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation this past Saturday making the designation official. A bill had been passed by New York lawmakers this past June.

Hochul said, “By designating Lunar New Year as an official school holiday, we are taking an important step in recognizing the importance of New York’s AAPI community and the rich diversity that makes New York so great.”

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Remembering 9/11 Hero Betty Ong, the Flight Attendant That Alerted the World to the Events on Flight 11



On September 11, 2001 at approximately 8:20 am, Betty Ann Ong spoke in a hushed voice on an Airfone from the back of American Airlines Flight 11. In a calm manner, she told employees on the ground, “The cockpit’s not answering. Somebody’s stabbed in business class — and I think there’s mace…I think we’re getting hijacked.”

Betty, 45, was working an extra shift on Flight 11 in order to join her sister on vacation. But 14 minutes after the plane took off, it made an abrupt U-turn and headed towards New York City. Together with fellow flight attendant Madeline Sweeney, Betty relayed the seat numbers of the five hijackers, allowing authorities to quickly identify them.

Because of their bravery, the world knows the events that took place on Flight 11, how the hijackers took over the plane, and the identity of the hijackers. Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m. Betty’s last words: “Pray for us. Pray for us.”

Betty, whose mother emigrated from China, was born in San Francisco and was the youngest of four siblings. When her family heard the story about a brave flight attendant who had provided information from the plane, they knew that it had to be Betty.

They eventually spoke with Nydia Gonzalez, the American Airlines employee that Betty had spoken to on the ground and learned the details of her heroic actions. Cathie Ong-Herrera, one of Betty’s older sisters, told the New York Post that her sister “gave her life for her country.”

In 2004, the Ong family created a foundation in Betty’s honor. It funds summer camp for kids and social programs for seniors at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco. “We continue to keep her legacy alive by the work we’re doing,” Cathie said. “We want to mirror who Betty was.”

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This Cafe in Japan Will Offer Sleeping Pods That Allow You to Sleep While Standing



Nescafé Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan is planning to offer unique sleeping pods that will allow you to nap while standing up.

The sleeping pods, named Giraffenap, will feature pads and platforms that support your head, butt, shins, and the soles of your feet while you sleep.

Images of the pods can be seen below.

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