A few weekends ago we revisited Ding How for another round of dim sum. First time around was good if slightly frantic in terms of service, which was understandable considering it was their first weekend of serving dim sum. The manager was so frazzled after that first weekend she considered abandoning the menu system and going to dim sum carts, which I was glad to discover they didn’t end up doing after all. With a large, high-traffic restaurant the cart system works great, but not so much with a cozier layout like Ding How where food might sit on the carts for a long time after cooking. They did, however, trim the menu a bit to make it more manageable, and items are now ordered by relative portion size and price. It’s a lot easier to sift through. » Continue Reading…
As planned, we met up with a couple friends of ours, Scott and Rebecca, for the first day of dim sum at the new phoenix-rising-out-of-the-ashes Ding How at their new location on Old Canton near Lake Harbor. Rebecca invited a friend of hers, Stephen (Steven?), which made it 6 of us getting together on this momentous occasion.
I took the liberty of ordering for us since we had 3 dim sum neophytes with us. Note that not all pictures are indicative of actual quantity of each item ordered, as I didn’t hold up the show to take pictures before people could dig in. For (reasonably) accurate counts of each item type, refer to the dim sum menu. Here’s what we had:
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Thanks to Scott for doing a bit of intel work for us. Either by tapping his Chinese connections or by going behind enemy lines himself, he’s managed to acquire a copy of Ding How’s dim sum menu, which he then graciously shared with us. I’m posting it after the jump (click the link to see the rest of the post and the menu). If anybody from Ding How has a problem with the menu being online, let me know and I’ll take it down. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down free publicity, but that’s just me. Anyway, hit up the menu and start salivating. The debut of dim sum in Jackson is only 5 days away!
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So here’s the latest. Ding How will reopen on November 16, 2009. The previous date of November 7th was either completely my imagination or has been pushed back. Since November 16th isn’t a Saturday we won’t be there on opening day, but we plan to be there on Saturday the 21st.
More bad news: it’s not the fabled “real” Chinese restaurant either. They’re now calling themselves “Ding How Asian Bistro”, and according to their voice mailbox recording they’ll serve Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean food. So basically another Pan Asia asian-fusion type of joint, or will they serve authentic asian cuisine? I’m withholding judgment for now, but I’ll admit I’m less hopeful than before. We’ll see. We’re still going for the dim sum, so here’s hoping at least the dim sum is great. I think the lack-of-buffet rumor will turn out to be true though, so there’s definitely that.
Again I’m being a total downer for nothing. Still psyched about dim sum, and will definitely be keeping an eye on the rest of the menu to see if we want to try some of their other stuff soon as well. Come on, the 21st! Two weeks away is way too long to wait.
How’s this for serendipity: we went to Trinity Pres’s Fall Festival yesterday, and I ran into the owner of Ding How! At least I think she is. At the very least she’s the head manager. She’s always there whenever I go there. She was at Fall Festival with a gaggle of other Chinese folks, which I’d guess are her daughter and grandchildren. Of course I start chatting with them about the fact that they’ve moved, etc., and the daughter fills me in on the big talking points.
Here are the crucial details I discovered:
- The new Ding How location on or near the corner of Old Canton and Lake Harbor is this fabled “real” Chinese food restaurant that will serve dim sum. There won’t be 2 new restaurants. Ding How will morph from a solid but run-of-the-mill Chinese place to potentially the Chinese restaurant of choice in the Jackson Metro area. Phoenix rising from the ashes and so forth.
- Yes, they will serve dim sum! Saturdays and Sundays. Don’t know the hours, but considering it’s typically served as brunch they’ll probably start serving at 11 a.m. or so. Don’t quote me; just my guess. They might serve it for breakfast.
- They’re opening in early November. In fact she told me the exact date but in my excitement it failed to register. I’m almost certain it’s a single-digit date. So I’m also almost certain that there will be dim sum served there on Saturday, November 7, 2009.
I’m going to try and call to confirm the date and time of their grand opening and beginning of dim sum serving, and I suggest you do the same if you’re interested. Don’t count on my half-remembered, excitement-addled account for the hard details of exactly when. I just wanted to relay the big news that the dim sum is real and is coming really soon. I’ll update the blog as I discover more details.
Ding How's new location
I went to Ding How last week to grab a to-go box of Chinese buffet food and was shocked to learn that they had moved. It hadn’t been that long since I last went, so you would’ve thought they’d have fliers, etc. detailing when and to where they’d be moving. Instead I had to find out by pulling into an empty parking lot during lunchtime and seeing the sign above. I snapped the shot thinking I’d use it for some kind of Ding How post-mortem-slash-retrospective post, since their new location is too far away from my office to go for lunch. Little did I know it would serve a much happier purpose.
Today my friend Scott told me that the owners of Ding How are also opening a completely new restaurant at yet another location. This new restaurant will also be Chinese, but will be unique in the Jackson area because they will serve dim sum! Yes, dim sum in Jackson! According to the same source, this restaurant will also be sans buffet. No buffet at a Chinese restaurant in Jackson? Revolutionary, I tell ya. The lack of a buffet coupled with dim sum really makes me think this will be the first real Chinese restaurant in Jackson. Americanized Chinese is good, but it’s nowhere near as good as the real thing.
So yeah, I’m uber-psyched. Maybe too psyched and will be disappointed when the restaurant opens if it even opens at all. Too many variables right now, and too much hearsay for my taste. I want to see a sign proclaiming this magnificent new restaurant and its grand opening date. Scott said there’s no info on exactly where or when, but that he’d keep me posted as he hears news.
I sounded kind of pessimistic in my last paragraph, but that’s just the way I am. I gotta do something to keep my excitement in check lest reality dash my hopes and dreams. That reminds me of a pessimist vs. optimist story/vignette/analogy/joke/whatever I recently read. A pessmist when put in a room full of delights finds nothing to be delighted about. An optimist when put in a room full of horse dung is later found happily slinging the dung all around. When asked why, the optimist answers, “With this much horse dung, there’s gotta be a pony in here somewhere!”
Thank you, thank you very much. I’ll be here all week.