Visits Tom’s Lotus Garden for Dim Sum
Our collaboration of local influencers, foodies, bloggers and vloggers, The Neighborhood, spent a weekend afternoon enjoying one of the fun experiential meals in town called dim sum. It is a large range of small Chinese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed in restaurants with groups of people. Many restaurants walk around with carts that hold different food offerings in bite size portions for people to share. One of the few places in town to get dim sum is Tom’s Lotus Garden.
Dim sum is only available on Saturdays and Sundays there from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
When we arrived, carts were already being pushed around the restaurant with all the dim sum options. When the carts came around, the staff would open up each container to show you what was available. You could pick and choose what you wanted. Each container ran roughly $3-4.
There was a menu with pictures to help diners.
This is where I’m going to fail you all. When they were bringing the carts over, we would literally grab nearly everything we could They would say what each item was but I was too focused on eating instead of taking notes.
Thanks to Significantly Spicy though, he did take some notes on some of the dishes we had: Eggplant with Shrimp, Steamed Dumplings, Bitter Melon with Shrimp, Pepper Shrimp, Stewed Beef Stomach, Fried Chicken Feet, Fried Squid Heads, Tripe, and Sesame Balls with Bean Paste.
Some of the ones that stuck out for me were the steamed dumplings, stewed beef stomach and squid heads.
Here’s literally all the dim sum we had.
We also ordered some roasted duck which I found to be drier than other places around town. I wasn’t too impressed with it.
Aside from the duck, we thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not going to lie and tell you all this is the best dim sum because it isn’t. There are only two places that offer a selection of this size, and they are both good for what they are. I’ve had dim sum all over the country and Wichita’s option lacks in terms of quality and quantity to others, which is surprising given our strong Asian population in town. But if you can overlook that and enjoy the food without comparing to others, it’ll make for a fun little lunch.
What did The Neighborhood have to say?
Fert the Foodie
Lynn Avants with Significantly Spicy
Tom’s Lotus Garden Details
822 S Broadway St., Wichita, KS 67211
Once again it was another fun festive Neighborhood outing. Where should we go next as a group?
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