These dim sum restaurants offer something special in RI

Chinese New Year is Feb. 1. It’s the Year of the Tiger.

How about six ways to celebrate?

Newport has two restaurants, Stoneacre Garden and Castle Hill Inn, offering special menus.

But for something more traditional, there’s dim sum. There are many, many Chinese restaurants in Rhode Island. But precious few offer a dim sum menu of traditional Chinese cuisine in which small plates of a variety of foods, including steamed dumplings, are served.

But there are three contenders.

When I first met John Eng-Wong in 2008, he was researching the globalization of Chinese food as a visiting scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. He is retired now but still assisting me on subjects such as where to enjoy some good dim sum.

Sweet sesame balls are among the dim sum choices at Silver Crystal, the West Warwick restaurant.

Sweet sesame balls are among the dim sum choices at Silver Crystal, the West Warwick restaurant.

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San Antonio’s The Hayden will offer Jewish-Chinese Christmas menu Dec. 21-23 | Flavor | San Antonio

The Hayden's Jewish-Chinese menu includes five dishes, including pastrami fried rice. - IMAGE COURTESY THE HAYDEN

  • Image Courtesy The Hayden
  • The Hayden’s Jewish-Chinese menu includes five dishes, including pastrami fried rice.

Alamo Heights-area eatery The Hayden will offer a Jewish-Chinese Christmas menu next week in homage to a tradition owner Adam Lampinstein shares with other members of the U.S. Jewish community.

Many Jewish families go out for Chinese food and a movie on Christmas Eve since they celebrate the separate winter religious holiday of Hanukkah.




“While all our friends are opening presents under the tree, having ham and sipping eggnog, we honestly have nothing else to do and thus this tradition was likely born,” Lampinstein said in a release. “We are social people and want to get out and do something!”


The Hayden’s special menu, available Dec.

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