I have been to Taste of China more than any other restaurant in Oslo, with friends before a night on the town or for special occasions, with colleagues visiting from abroad, on a date. It’s a very social place to eat, but I have been known to eat there alone when I want a tasty, affordable dinner.
The main appeal of Taste of China is, undoubtedly, their absolutely delicious Dim Sum. I prefer the steamed dishes over the fried ones, and favorites are nos. 2, 2A, 3, 11 and 13 – don’t laugh! Try and order these by name, but they’ll just write the numbers on your tablecloth to cross out when delivered. Behind these numbers are scampi, tofu, pork and more wrapped in rice pasta and steamed. Order a no. 9 (steamed bun with roast pork) late in the meal to savor as a sort of dessert. Laugh at your friend when they exclaim, “I think number 2 is delicious!”
It’s the piecemeal nature of Dim Sum that makes it such a wonderfully social experience. Most dishes are steamed and served in baskets – 2, 3 or 4 to each dish – perfect for sharing (don’t start a fight over a remaining dumpling). Laugh at your friends or yourself fumbling with your chopsticks and your food. And don’t forget mix up the soy and spicy sauces for a Dim Sum dip. It’s the one place in Oslo I’ve found threatening to cross my threshold for hot spice.