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The rice rolls at Nom Wah are some of the best I've tasted in Chinatown. So often rice sheets are too soggy, too laden with sauce and steamed for too long. But at Nom Wah, the sheets strike the right balance: they are soft and tender, a little slick, a little chewy.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor might be the oldest dim sum parlor in New York, but its latest manager Wilson Tang has proven adept at championing its history through modern social media. That's how we found out about their fried dim sum sampler ($9.95), a tantalizing platter guaranteed to make any fried food lover drool.
We're big fans of dim sum at Serious Eats and Nom Wah Tea Parlor, on Doyer Street in Manhattan's Chinatown, does not disappoint. Nom Wah has been serving up dim sum since the early 1920s, and many of the chefs working in the kitchen have been there for 30 years—they're masters at what they do. We spent a few hours in the kitchen with all the chefs to see how some of our favorite dim sum dishes were made.
Tucked away in the corner of Doyer Street, Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been in business in Chinatown since the early '20s and had just recently undergone renovations, which jazzed up the space with the charming vintage look of an old Hong Kong diner. But it's the dim sum that makes it worth a return trip.