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Andrea Burgener Discovers a Dim Sum Spot in Johannesburg’s Old Chinatown

Lampedusa PieLampedusa Pie author, Andrea Burgener, has written about her rediscovery of a dim sum spot in Johannesburg’s old Chinatown in a column for Times LIVE.

Burgener recommends Ming Woo, which has been open for a year, and shares a tip: “If you don’t look obviously Asian, ask for the Yum Cha menu, or it won’t be given to you.”

“BLAH BLAH. New dim sum place in old Chinatown. Blah blah”. I can’t remember the surrounding words, or who spoke them, because all else fell away when I heard dim sum and old Chinatown together in a sentence. Nothing could be sweeter music to my ears.

Yum Cha, my favourite meal in the world (and the rightful place of dim sum), is now cooking again at the west end of Commissioner Street. For years (when old Chinatown was in its heyday) this was my favourite stomping ground.

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