Like the practice of Daoism, dim sum is also all about going with the flow. The term wu wei describes dim sum because there is no fixed menu. The food you get is the food that comes around, and if there is something that you wanted, then go with the flow and just maybe you'll get it. Only two tables got chicken feet, and only one table got a bowl of apricot jelly for dessert, and so on. Another reference to Daoism is that like the manifest dao versus the unmanifest dao, the senses can be tricked. What we see that looks like a carrot might not be a carrot, but in fact a pastry shaped to look like a carrot.
A future 8th grader should definitely choose this experience because it is both educational and fun. Because there are so many people who choose this as their experience, even if you don't plan to do it with a friend, it is almost guaranteed that you will have a friend there to sit with and even if you don't, maybe you'll meet someone new. The educational aspect of this experience is that you learn about the Chinese culture and customs through their food.