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Dim Sum – the point & eat food

traditional dim sum

In honor of the Lunar New Year, we wanted to share one of our favorite Chinese meals – Dim Sum. Pikelet and Lollo love dim sum – the traditional Chinese brunch food and we like to frequent Kirin Court Chinese Restaurant in Richardson. The crowd is mainly Asian (always a good sign) but the staff speak enough English to get by.  The most fun part of dim sum is in the ordering. Servers wheel carts filled with steam dumpling and little plates and present them to you at the table. All you need to do is point to what you’d like and they serve it immediately. It’s so easy, no Chinese required and even the kids get in on the action. I liken it to online shopping and for us, dim sum is our ultimate ‘point and click’ meal. 

crescent shaped shrimp dumplings

“Dim Sum” in Chinese means ‘touch of the heart’ and was originally meant as a snack. Traditionally tiny morsels of food (usually dumplings) are brought out in steamer baskets but these days the meal has evolved to include little plates of food like roast duck, clams stir fried in black bean sauce, salt and pepper shrimp or noodles. It’s a bit like Spanish tapas except dim sum is eaten at brunch and since all the dishes are little, we get to order a variety to suit everyone’s tastes.

Lollo fave - BBQ pork buns

We encourage you to get your kids involved and let them point and some things they are interested in eating and please make it a point to try something new each time!

Till our next happy meal!

tulip shaped pork and shrimp dumplings

Kirin Court has a picture menu of their dim sum on their website but here are some of IttyBittyFoodies’ favorite items:

‘har gow’ – steamed crescent shaped shrimp dumplings

‘siu mai’ – steamed tulip shaped shrimp and pork dumplings

fried taro balls – puffs of taro with a little bit of meat stuffed in the center

pork ribs – delectable pork ribs steamed with a hint of spice and black beans

steamed BBQ pork bun – Lollo can eat all three by himself he loves these

shrimp fun roll – shrimp rolled in an oversize noodle sheet. Also comes with BBQ pork or beef.

sticky rice steamed in lotus leaf – Pikelet’s favorite. He hardly touches rice except when it’s steamed in a lotus leaf.

shrimp and leek dumplings – Beefcake loves the combination of shrimp and leek.

pork congee with preserved egg – this is a rice porridge with pork, preserved egg topped with ginger and fresh scallions. My favorite on a cold day.

egg custard tarts – everyone’s favorite. We usually order two for the table.

For more info on Kirin Court and all that good stuff, go here


  • Food: We love the dim sum here but also dinner dishes for authentic Chinese food
  • Ambience: More upmarket than your usual Chinese place in Richardson with table clothes and chandeliers. Wedding banquets are often held here.
  • Service: Accomodating though on weekends, it can get brusque with long lines outside the door
  • Kid Friendliness: :) :) :) :) :) noisy noisy noisy and big!
  • Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: The steamed dumplings are more traditional dim sum than the fried (and healthier too). On weekends, they have a cook’s station set up where you can get Hong Kong style pancakes, noodles and a variety of grilled items cooked upon ordering
  • Parent Foodies Tip: To avoid a 30 minute wait on weekends, go before 11am

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Hailing from Australia, Cheryl Collett is a global gypsy who have lived in over 13 cities. She now resides in the US with her husband and 3 rambunctious boys. She is a freelance lifestyle writer, recipe tester and food taster on Food Network. Itty Bitty Foodies lets her blog about her passions: family, food & travel.


  1. February 1, 2012 at 9:46 am — Reply

    good choice; that’s were we go for dim sum

  2. February 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    So been wanting to venture out to dim sum. Now I know just the place for a family brunch.

  3. February 15, 2013 at 10:01 am — Reply

    […] an extra character and is a great way to expand the kids’ palates. If we’re heading to Kirin Court, inevitably “Dim Sum for Everyone” follows us to the table. Her “Ugly […]

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