Spicy tender chunks of duck encased in sweet sticky rice: a harmonious melange of flavors that had me cooing, drooling and gurgling like a mindlessly excited infant. My fondness for Dim sum began when I traveled in China, where I ate innumerable variants of this snack made quite literally to ‘touch the heart’, as the word translates from Cantonese. Though designed to be mundane street side food, the dish is pretty open to interpretation and often gets elevated to gourmet status. There was certainly nothing mundane about this particular steaming dish I chanced upon at Trikaya, Andheri W, Mumbai. They were sweet with a spicy edge, tender yet packed a meaty bite and light yet very satiating !
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