Dim Sum Brunch at Pao’s

In: Eating

3 Mar 2012

(map) In Chinese, dim sum means “touch the heart,” as in, have just a snack. A dim sum brunch is a chance to order lots of small dishes and share, so you get to taste a little bit of a lot of things. Pao’s serves theirs Saturday and Sunday from 11-3, and it’s filled with Chinese families passing around bowls to classical music. Above, the scallion pancakes, dough triangles fried crispy-chewy. Dip them into soy sauce for a subtle salty-onion flavor. Next to that, cold noodles with sesame sauce, topped with shredded cucumber. This is kind of like cold spaghetti with spicy peanut butter, which sounds odd, but is seriously one of the best flavor combinations around. We have been looking for years for cold noodles in Austin, and this is the first time we’ve found the real deal. And above that, sweet sticky rice balls, filled with chopped almonds, sugar and fried dough. Yum!

These steamed pork dumplings are called Pao-Tze. Tender little pillows of pork in a thin dough, steamed so they’re very light, served with a ginger-soy dipping sauce.

The thin baked sesame cake is filled with slices of roast beef along with cilantro, scallions and sprouts. The beef is glazed with Chinese spices; together, beef and cake are slightly sweet.

Taiwan’s version of doughnuts? A long piece of fried dough comes with warm sweet soy milk to dip it into. Crunchy, sweet and delicious.

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1 Response to Dim Sum Brunch at Pao’s

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Pat

March 3rd, 2012 at 10:58 am

I could eat all that and dim sum.

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