We were happy to receive an invitation to dim sum from Sue Kreitzman, artist and Fabulous Fashionista, at the historic Nom Wah Tea Parlour in New York's Chinatown.
Yesterday at 3, we joined Sue and her charming invitees, for a feast of varied and delicious dim sum. Dim Sum, meaning "little bit of the heart," hopefully not literally, are small plates of goodies like shrimp dumplings, pork buns, scallion pancakes, shrimp and bacon rolls and sticky rice with Chinese sausage. The plates kept coming, causing culinary wonder among the guests.
The Nom Wah Tea Parlour is to be found on Doyers Street, a crooked little alley of a street, just off the Bowery. The street has quite a checkered past, having been, in the early 20th century, the site of much blood letting. Because of the angle of the street, it afforded an ideal place for warring Chinese Tong Gangs to fight. Their preferred weapon was a hatchet, giving rise to the name "hatchet man."
Facade of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor
The angle in Doyers Street
makes me think of the Marais in Paris,
or a street in Nice -- except it's Chinese.
Sue in her magnificent skull necklace,
documenting the affair on her phone.
Sue ordered for all of us.
Here she demonstrates her chop stick skills with a delicacy,
while a giant dish of broccoli lies resplendent in
front of some turnip cakes.
What I wore to dim sum:
A Sonia Rykiel sweater, Fabrice
necklace and ring by Alpana Bawa.
Photo by Ricardo
The Nom Wah Tea Parlor opened in 1920.
Today it is run by Wilson Tang.
Hat and jewelry designer, Debra Rapoport,
shows of the gift that Sue gave each of us,
a golden, waving kitty.
Richard telling us that our
table is ready.
An original sideboard.
Tea canisters from the 1920's.
Artist Malcah Zeldis.
Nom Wah has been updated recently but
the decor is largely as it was in the 1920's.
The Ladies Who Dim Sum.
Left to right: Malcah Zeldis, Sue Kreitzman, Debra Rapoport,
Sarah Jane Adams and me.
Photo by Ari Seth Cohen
Thank you Sue for a splendid afternoon of
great food and friends.
To see more about the Nom Wah, look here.