Lynn – Going Back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali….

This morning was our last one in New York and my parents were sweet enough to drive us to the airport. We wanted to take them out to thank them for all their hospitality.

I munched on piece of fruit since we weren’t eating til noon.


Bye bye, Big Apple.

We didn’t really know where to go before heading to the airport and finally decided to head to Flushing, Queens, since it was close to JFK. My folks chose Dong Yi Feng, which I think serves dim sum every day.


We weren’t the only ones there!


The line was long but it moved quickly. In fact, the whole meal went by faster than a speeding bullet.


For those of you unfamiliar with dim sum, my condolences to you – you’re missing out on one of the greatest culinary delights in the world (and that is not an exaggeration). While most people grew up eating omelets on Sunday, this was my childhood weekend ritual.

People walk around with various little plates of food on carts…


…when you see something you like you flag them down and choose the dishes you want.


It’s an instantaneous eating marathon! Let’s see if I can remember what went in my mouth.

A piece of Turnip Cake with Shrimp,


one veggie dumpling,


a small bowl of rice porridge with meat,


three pieces of tofu-wrapped veggies (left) and one of the meat version,


two of these perfectly fried tofu blocks (seriously the best I’ve had in a while – a perfectly crisp skin enveloping a pillowy soft center; super duper hot – temperature wise – doused in well seasoned soy sauce),


a meat dumpling with chili paste…


…and for dessert….

Two scoops of warmed tofu with syrup,


one egg custard tart (the flaky crust was still hot!!!!),


one piece of steamed sponge cake,


and one whole sesame seed ball.


All of this food for $25!!! And seriously, we finished eating it in about 15 minutes. In typical Chinese Mom fashion, mine usurped the bill and wound up treating us. What the ?!?!?

Thanks Mommy and Daddy! I may have just turned 33 but I’m still their little girl.

As we were getting ready to leave, look who rolled by – sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves –


Be still my heart. It was too late, though. Dim sum was over.


We made it to JFK with no problem, and through security with ZERO LINES. I was shocked – I think we had more of a wait when we were leaving the tiny airport in South Dakota. Apparently the Monday after New Year’s is the day to fly!

Since we were super early we walked Julius around the airport. Abe was curious to see if he’d walk on the airport treadmill…


Is that what it’s called? Well, whatever it’s name, Julius wasn’t having it!

I’m currently blogging from our flight again, since Google is still offering free wifi on Virgin America for the Holidays through January 15th. This time our power outlets work so I’m one happy flyer. Though I just downed 2 whole bottles of water (guess all that salt/fried food has left me dehydrated) and will probably have to pee more than usual, if that’s even possible.

Can’t wait to get back to Los Angeles!!!

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34 thoughts on “Lynn – Going Back to Cali, to Cali, to Cali….

  1. Cindy

    what a great meal…I don’t think I have ever had ANY of it!

    sorry your trip is over. I loved every minute of it!

    thanks for sharing your holidays with us!

  2. Chelsea

    I was going to say “What? NO sticky rice?!?!” but then you answered that question. Dim Sum *sigh* LOVE IT but my hubby doesn’t because he hates “small plates”. Dork.

  3. Susan

    I’ve never had dim sum – but the concept of it sounds right up my alley. I love trying lots of different things all in one meal. Sounds like a great way to spend time with your parents before you left! Travel safe, ya hear?

  4. Daria @ Daria Can Cook

    I could pretty much live on sesame seed balls and sticky rice. Hooray for dim sum!

  5. serena

    Oh my, dim sum was part of my childhood weekend ritual as well. Is there any dim sum place comparable in LA?

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      monterey park/san gabriel valley should have some options – but i’ve yet to actually try it b/c of the drive

  6. Lauren

    My parents do the same thing. I just think there is something that prevents a parent from being able to have their children pay for them, no matter how old you get. 😉

    Glad you had a great trip. Safe travels home! 🙂

  7. Anna

    Oooh, sesame seed ball! That looks delicious! Of course, ALL of this looks delicious 🙂

    You look so pretty in that picture!

  8. Alison

    Oooh…I love dim sum! The agedashi tofu looks yummy. So does that turnip cake. I don’t really like tofu in syrup…at least not the kind I had in Taiwan last year but everything else looks fabulous.

  9. burpexcuzme

    How did I miss this place in NYC? The dim sum all look SO good…I’ve been craving dim sum for months now!
    I’ll be back in CA tomorrow, too! I can’t wait for our blogger meet-up!

  10. Cy

    Woah… all that dimsum makes my mouth water. I’ve always loved dimsum. My family was supposed to eat in a Chinese restaurant last Christmas but the place was full with people. Too bad. I read “Flushing” and remembered your movie. 🙂

  11. Ada

    Flushing is definitely the best part of NYC to go for dim sum! All of your dishes look amazing, I particularly want to try that turnip cake and steamed sponge cake. Glad you’re having a nice flight home:)

  12. candice

    I. LOVE. dim sum! It was our family’s Sunday ritual, too! Yin cha… oh, I haven’t had it in too long! Chrysanthemum tea + rock cane sugar + dim sum = the perfect Sunday morning. Those treats look so tasty—I LOVE doufu hua, especially the ginger syrup. Egg tarts will forever hold a place in my heart. I’m still searching for a perfect hot flaky crust though…

    Have a nice trip back to the land of sunshine! 🙂

  13. kim

    i’m from Flushing! Did the push cart ladies have a problem with you taking pictures? Sometimes they might be shy. Glad you had a great time in NY!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      they didn’t appear to be camera-shy – they basically ignored us!

  14. Cindy

    That was some serious food porn! If it wasn’t so wonderful, I would say this was a cruel tease. I want another NYC trip!

  15. tropicaleats

    wow that is such a neat concept! all of that food looks absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing about this.. ill definitely have to look it up and see if they have dim sum around here. Great post! Safe travels 🙂

  16. D

    Ahhh, tofu with syrup! Back home in the Philippines, we call it taho. You can get them from street vendors and they’re served with tapioca balls. Brings back a lot of childhood memories! Must make a little trip to Chinatown to get me some.

    NYC will miss you!

  17. ksgoodeats

    As tasty as that meal looks, I have a feeling dim sum would stress me out! I’d be worried that I’d pick the wrong thing or that I wouldn’t be able to flag someone down – haha! Aww parents are the best!

  18. Graze With Me

    I guess I have been missing out – I’ve never had dim sum!

    Catching up on some of your last posts, I have a couple things: First, they make pomegrante Tootsie pops?? And that doggy day care report card is too cute. I love the “I want to meet this bitch” comment, LOL. So many good restaurants too, yum.

  19. Wendy Lee

    I was first introduced to Dim Sum in San Franciso many many years ago at the Hong Ah Tearoom in Chinatown. At the time it was hard to find anywhere else in this country. It was love at first sight for me. I’m glad the concept has caught on and is now available in many Chinese restaurants in the U.S. It is really a fun way to eat. That tofu looked divine.
    Glad you had a great send-off by the ‘rents. Julius will surely miss them and their house will be empty without you all.
    Happy New Year to you, your hubby and the Jack Russell.

  20. dorothy

    i haven’t had dim sum in sooo long! you just reminded me how muc im missing out.. haha

    GAH i looove egg tarts!!
    i had some of a bamboo leave sticky rice thing at a friend’s house recently yummm

    whew great post of deliiicious food 🙂

  21. dianacheung

    dim sum makes my day. seriously. it’s like the asian version of tapas…minus the nice presentation.

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