|Entrance to old Chinatown. Letters read "The world is for all"|
Sarah and I embarked on a Saturday afternoon tour with Chicago Food Planet to tour several Chinese-owned and operated restaurants and stores. We met up with Ploy, our tour guide, as well as the other members of our group, at Triple Crown, a dim sum restaurant located in the old part of Chinatown. Our first stop was a seated dim sum tasting at Triple Crown where we began by pouring jasmine tea for one another.
Dim sum, which means "to touch the heart," includes several smaller dishes that are meant to be shared. At Triple Crown we shared Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce (which is made from oyster mushrooms, not oysters), shrimp and pork shumai, steamed barbecue pork bun, fried taro puff and fried crepe fritters. Everything we had was fantastic and this ended up being my favorite food stop of the tour. The shrimp and pork shumai, which are essentially dumplings, had great flavor and we had some spicy sauces to add a bit of a kick. The pork buns were pillowy soft on the outside and nice and sweet on the inside.
|Dim sum at Triple Crown|
|Our table at Triple Crown|
|Our tour guide Ploy telling us about the steamed pork buns|
|My dim sum plate...nom nom nom|
After dim sum at Triple Crown, we walked down Wentworth Ave., the main street in old Chinatown, and explored some of the architecture, as well as a Buddhist temple.
|Pui Tak Community Center|
|Tea canisters at Ten Ren|
|Ginseng at Ten Ren|
|Chinese immigration mural|
|Garlic eggplant and dried chili chicken...check out those chili peppers|
|Ping Tom Memorial Park|
|Chinese egg tart|
Check out Chicago Food Planet for more information about this tour, and other tours offered! Have you ever explored Chicago's Chinatown? What are your favorite stops?
Note: Chicago Food Planet allowed me to take this tour free of charge, however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.