The sunlight woke me up.
I reached for my cell phone. It was 11:00 am.
I hadn’t woken up this late in a while, but Saturday night was rough. While I am drinking my late morning coffee, I got a text from my friend Noam: “Canton house 1:00 pm?”
“What is it?” I asked.
“It is a Dim-Sum place, in Buford highway, you will love it”, Noam replied.
I was tired and exhausted. People call it a “Hangover”; But I can’t say no to food, especially Asian food, especially from a place that I’ve never been.
One hour later I found myself at Canton House’s entrance in Buford highway, waiting to be seated.
Buford is a special neighborhood. it captures the multicultural phenomena present in Atlanta. In Buford, you can find almost every cuisine you want to explore: Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Ethiopian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and more. Every two weeks, I buy groceries at the Farmers Market. It’s one of the few places where I can find good vegetables, like in Israel.
Back to Canton House; we got a table.
It looks like a restaurant you would find in Beijing. I started to look at the menu.
“Leave the menu Hagar. You see the cart coming towards us? You choose whatever is in there and they write it down,” Noam muttered and took the menu from my hands.
The first cart arrived.
I felt like a kid in a candy store, but instead of choosing candies, I had to pick between a lot of colorful Dim- Sum options.
We started with beef, shrimp, and chicken.
We continued with pork chops, lamb chops, and more (that I can’t remember, because, we had so many kinds).
The second cart arrived. It was full of fried food. I was overwhelmed. Noam asked for one sticky rice, and we got a plate with roll leaf. “What, is it?” I asked. “Open it,” Noam replied.
Up until that point, my favorite sticky rice could be found in two faraway places, China (obviously) and Israel (surprise); Canton House’s sticky rice leave them far behind in the race for sticky rice.
Ever since that afternoon, I’ve craved Canton House’s sticky rice. Not kidding. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the leaf they use. Next time I need to ask because it was perfect: sweet, spicy, sticky, and rich.
My advice is to go there with 3 or more people. You’ll get the chance to taste as many kinds of Dim-Sum as you can, and of course, my favorite, the sticky rice.
see you soon,