Living color project Jing Fong restaurant By Eddie Mantz

Dim sum means "dot-hearts" in Cantonese which is small treats that touch the heart. It is a weekend ritual for many Chinese people. At the Jing Fong restaurant we sat at a circular table fitting 7-8 people. The waiters or waitresses push carts full of foods in it and people ask for many different types of foods.

The different foods we ate

Their were many different types of foods that went around and in a very unique order. It went from pork shumai, to rice, to unfortunately chicken feet, then to chocolate and custard buns, to pork spare ribs and noodles, to soup, and then desert, and finally the pork steamed buns.

Here is a picture of what the table looked like

Having dim sum reflected on some of the principals of ancient China. The principle of li which is proper etiquette and manners appeared a bunch of times during the course of this meal. Many rituals including using chopsticks, letting somebody put your drink for you, asking nicely for food, and not finishing your plate because that would be considered greedy. Sitting at a circular table is another Confucian idea because meals are supposed to be shared in a community rather than by yourself. Meals are supposed to be with your friends and that is related to guanxi which is having great relationships with people.

Here is a dim sum cart with a bunch of different foods

The dim sum experience also contains daoism principles from ancient China. Dao relates to this restaurant because there was a lot of different art displayed in the restaurant. A big part of dao is nature. And letting nature take its own course. Yin yang was a principle that was present during the dim sum experience because the carts that had food on it had a balance between them. There was a rice portion a veggie portion and so on.

A photo of a packed house at the dim sum restaurant

To the future eight graders I would recommend this dim sum experience in order to understand how the legacy of ancient China is still evident today. Not only does the restaurant give you a great understanding of ancient China it also has great food (worth waking up early for). Food is a great way to understand a culture and what they value. Dim sum is a key tradition to the Chinese culture. It is even more special to be there during Chinese New Year. It is interesting to see that foods from so long ago are still eaten today like rice and dumplings. Lastly, the best part of this experience is to see everybody with smiles on their faces just being happy to be there.

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