Don’t let the modest signage fool you, Nom Wah Tea Parlour can give those other Dim Sum giants a run for it’s money. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by without giving this place a second thought. After they hosted the Tiger Beer tasting tonight with a great sample of their menu I can’t stop thinking about when I’ll be back!
Nom Wah Tea Parlour is the first dim sum establishment in NYC since the 1920′s, family owned and run passed on to two generations. Unlike other dim sum restaurants Nom Wah doesn’t have the stereotypical red decor with the faux golden Phoenix and dragon. The decor is simple and classic vintage Chinatown. With walls lined in old tin tea canisters and framed Chinois artwork.
The lovely waitress started off our Tiger Beer tasting with a beautiful origami like Shrimp and Snow Pea Shoot Dumpling, I had mine with some sweet soy and chili oil to spice things up. The cold citrus Tiger Beer calmed the spiciness pretty quickly and didn’t leave a bitterness that some light beers tend to have.
One of my favorite childhood favorite Dim Sum goodies is the Fried Crab Claw that’s stuff with Shrimp paste. This salty delicious treat sent me back in time when the subway cost less than a dollar. Just as I suspected this light but well rounded beer paired extremely well with the deep fried deliciousness.
Although, I’ve always looked to Belgium Lagers for a light refreshing citrus beer, I’ve got to give it up to Tiger Beer for creating a well rounded easy drinking lager that can hold up to a variety of foods and flavors while not overwhelming your palate with bitterness. Overall a good go-to beer for just about any occasion.