Chinatown has always been a second home to me. My mom grew up there and my grandparents lived there so we visited all of the time. Because my mom and grandparents were part of the community we had our favorite restaurants and bakeries. Throughout the years I lived in Chinatown at my grandparent’s apartment after college and even the last 8 years I’ve lived in the suburbs, I’ve continued to go to these family favorites. Having these favorite places can make Chinatown seem small sometimes so I’ve decided to expand my Chinatown universe and try new places. I’ve been looking forward to trying dim sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor after reading articles like this one and this one.
Nom Wah feels like you have walked back in time inside. The lighting, red vinyl booth seats, tables, super cool! My mom and grandmother had not been inside for decades. They said it looked different the last time they were there, more like a restaurant.
You don’t see dim sum carts being pushed because the food is made to order. These are the menus to place your order.
This is my grandmother and daughters waiting for the food to come. I don’t know who adores who more, my grandmother or daughters!
Here are photos of our favorite dishes at Nom Wah…
One of my favorite dim sum dishes is cilantro and scallion rice roll. Nom Wah does an excellent job, the rice roll was perfect silky and soft.
My Grouchy Husband really liked the shrimp sui mai.
Steamed spare ribs were delicious.
My mom’s favorite dim sum is the bean curd skin roll. The shrimp and pork filling had great flavor.
My dad’s favorite dim sum is the rice roll with fried dough. Nom Wah does a great job with their rice roll.
Sticky rice in lotus leaf was awesome.
We ordered the pan fried noodles to compliment the dim sum at the table. The noodles had a great texture.
The food came out quickly and the service was very friendly.
Cheers to Nom Wah for a great dim sum experience,
The Dumpling Mama xo