I’ve 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 visiting colleagues, 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. They’ve now moved to a much nicer spot and the experience is even better than before.
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, and they’ll just ask you to write the numbers on a slip of paper. 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 to 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.