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What I Ate: April 23, 2010 (Get Sum Dim Sum, Sous vide rack of lamb)

Posted 23 April, 2010 at 11:17pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: We went to Get Sum Dim Sum to try their dim sum. We ordered an assortment of various dim sum items and found all of them extremely underwhelming. Previously, we had stated that Shanghai's dim sum was mediocre, but many in Austin consider Shanghai one of the best at dim sum. Given the quality of dim sum at Get Sum Dim Sum (which the Chronicle had called "great"), I can imagine how Shanghai could be considered excellent. Our Chinese broccoli was overcooked (gone from the bright green of perfectly steamed to the dark yellowish green of soft, soggy, and flavorless), dumplings all had chewy skins (especially the potstickers which was like eating a lump of dough), and vegetable fillings were gooey and gummy. The only things passable are the shrimp dumplings and the shao mai, but even those are a pale imitation of the real thing. Drive ten more minutes to Fortune or Shanghai for your dim sum and avoid Get Sum Dim Sum. You won't be catching us there again. What I would give Get Sum Dim Sum on a scale of 0-10: 5.5
Get Sum Dim Sum - Dim Sum Lunch

"Siu Mai" Pork - Steamed Pork & Shrimp Open-Faced Dumpling.
Get Sum Dim Sum -

"Har Gao" - Steamed Shrimp Dumpling in Wheat Starch Wrapper.
Get Sum Dim Sum -

"Churng Fun" - Buddha's Delight - Handmade Rice Noodle Rolls filled w/Shitake Mushrooms & Bamboo Shoots served w/Chef Chan's Soy Sauce. The rice noodle was a bit more dense than it should have been and the filling was gooey and tasted a little like cardboard.
Get Sum Dim Sum -

Chicken Dumpling - Steamed Chicken & Water Chestnut Dumpling in Wheat Starch Wrapper. Skin too chewy and inside was a sticky gummy mess.
Get Sum Dim Sum - Chicken Dumpling

"Cha Siu" Baked Bao - Chinese BBQ Pork Baked Bao. Pork tasted a little stale.
Get Sum Dim Sum -

Chinese Broccoli - Steamed Chinese Broccoli w/Light Oyster Sauce. Overcooked.
Get Sum Dim Sum - Chinese Broccoli

"Law Bak Go" - Pan Fried Turnip Cake with Chinese Sausage - made w/rice flour. Shredded root vegetable in the luobo gao was sweet which is kind of weird. Turnips shouldn't be used but instead a type of radish called daikon (luobo). I don't know if they used daikon or not, but I've never had it where it was a little sweet. The texture is supposed to be soft but still somewhat firm (like firm tofu), but ours was a little gummy and some parts were fairly wet.
Get Sum Dim Sum -

Chicken "Wor Teep" - Chicken Pot Stickers. The dough was so thick and chewy that it was just a chewy lump.
Get Sum Dim Sum - Chicken

Dinner: I seasoned a rack of lamb with garlic powder, dried rosemary, dried thyme, salt, and paprika and cooked it sous vide at 55°C for 7 hours. The lamb was very tender, but not as flavorful as I had hoped. I think next time, I'll cut the rack up into sections of two ribs each so more of the lamb will come into contact with the seasonings.
Sous Vide Rack of Lamb

I also prepared mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini.
Sous Vide Rack of Lamb with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Zucchini

7 comments to What I Ate: April 23, 2010 (Get Sum Dim Sum, Sous vide rack of lamb)

Nate @ House of Annie, April 24th, 2010 at 3:38 am:

  • My daughter said that the dim sum pics made her hungry. Too bad it wasn't as appetizing as you made it look.

jkru, April 24th, 2010 at 8:03 am:

  • Thanks your pictures, I'm going to Chinatown Mopac for dim sum. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Michael Chu, April 24th, 2010 at 10:48 am:

  • I haven't eaten at Chinatown (although I've been to Musashino a coupel times). Let me know how it is and whether or not I should try going there.

Michael Chu, April 24th, 2010 at 10:48 am:

  • Nate, Do you guys get good dim sum there? Sometimes geographic proximity is good and sometimes it's bad (like Japanese Chinese food).

erin, April 24th, 2010 at 12:08 pm:

  • Austin dim sum is disappointing. Have you been to Houston yet?

Michael Chu, April 24th, 2010 at 8:35 pm:

  • Still haven't made the drive out to Houston. We're going back to the Bay Area for a few days at the beginning of June, so we'll be sure to get some ramen, dim sum, Erik's DeliCafe, and In-N-Out while we're out there.

Nate @ House of Annie, April 26th, 2010 at 1:05 am:

  • Actually, you can't find good dim sum here in Kuching like you can in San Jose or Kuala Lumpur. The dim sum are a pale shadow, like your Get Sum.