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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Perfect This Time: The Perfect Team Corporation

My family has always loved dim sum. In fact, Chinese food in general has always played a role in my life. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of meeting my grandparents, aunts and uncles in Chinatown and ascending the escalators into the overwhelmingly decorated, glittering dim sum parlors and planting ourselves around a tremendous round table and covering every surface with dishes of steaming, glistening dumplings and gently undulating things I had never seen before. We would sit for hours grazing and, most often, the adults discussed politics.

My grandparents helped bring a family to this country from China, and as a child I knew them as aunts, uncles, and cousins. Through them and my grandparents, we met a family that ran an import store on Mott St. and after dim sum, or a meal at the original Peking Duck House, we would stop by the store and I would suck on rice candies that came wrapped in rice paper that slowly dissolved on your tongue. The candies were soft, like sweet, slightly fragrant rice flavored disappearing gum. That's how I remember it, anyway.

This is a long winded way of getting to the point. That my mother is living what are most likely the last days of her life. Armed with that knowledge and the hangover of a generally sleepless night, I awoke yesterday and told The Wife that we were going to Flushing for breakfast. She enjoys Chinese food, but wasn't raised with Soy Sauce in her veins like I was. So, we wound up at Perfect Team Corporation on 37th Ave. This is possibly the best, freshest, most hot and steamy dim sum I have ever had. It tasted like my childhood, my memory, my life and the way of the world-- salty, sour, sweet, spicy, tart, and it just felt right.


Anonymous Smoker said...

One of my earliest memories was in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown called Hung Fat. ( No wise cracks)...My family was asked to leave after I filled up my almost full coke bottle with sugar and it proceeded to reenact Krakatoa. The soda sprayed all over the ceiling and landed on us and other customers.

My prayers are with you and your family.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous gm said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came across your entry when trying to look up this restaurant on the internet. I've heard repeated raving recommendations from friends, ones I particularly trust, and was pleased to have stumbled onto yours. I've been meaning to try it and it looks like it'll happen soon. It's a small world, Hampton Smoker.

11:23 AM  

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