Dim Sum Dos and Don'ts with Mike Chen of Strictly Dumpling | Sean in the Wild

  • Published on Jul 18, 2017
  • Though dim sum has its roots in ancient China, the meal has become an inextricable part of life in NYC. In order to help Sean Evans navigate the cuisine's unique customs and courtesies, Strictly Dumpling's Mike Chen decided to set up a crash-course at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, the oldest dim sum shop in Chinatown. From proper tea etiquette to strategy for attacking a plate of chicken feet, TVclip's globetrotting gourmand breaks down the dim sum dos and dont's for dumpling fanatics everywhere.
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  • ville666sora
    ville666sora 13 hours ago

    I know Mike from his Beyond Science channel. I actually didn't know he had a food channel.

  • Ethan Villanueva

    Ahhhh this all looks so damn good. Dim sum good eats

  • Otie Jason
    Otie Jason 2 days ago

    Rules are stupid it’s just food.

  • That _One_Asian_0
    That _One_Asian_0 6 days ago

    Were the chilly oil and soy sauce

  • WeedyistFlame420
    WeedyistFlame420 7 days ago

    Match made in heaven, both channels are awesome in my eyes.

  • moreforme74
    moreforme74 7 days ago

    Way too many rules. Now I don't want to try it. Thanks for turning me off, I'll stick with takeout.

  • No Gusta
    No Gusta 8 days ago

    dim sum = peasant food

  • Charlene Parr
    Charlene Parr 9 days ago

    Sean, I see you bobbin' with the beats of the laid down tracks...I see it so often... you must have a musical interest in rap and hip hop. I think you missed your calling as a dj/promoter/mc/artist/rapper in another life.

  • phuoi trinh
    phuoi trinh 9 days ago

    I love Mikey Chen!

  • mr zed
    mr zed 9 days ago

    Chicken dumpring and chicken fly lice is my favorite

  • Apk Heaven
    Apk Heaven 13 days ago

    my favorite youtubers, you guys are awesome and it makes me double happy to see you together.

  • ResidentEvil rican
    ResidentEvil rican 14 days ago

    I'm sorry alot of Chinese r disgusting people the food is good some of it but they have bad manners they r the worst tourist and they r very cheap and eat anything

  • wytefoxx
    wytefoxx 14 days ago

    I really appreciate how respectful Sean is to the food and the delicacies.

  • King Mai
    King Mai 15 days ago

    There are many things that make me smile, and this is one of them

  • LilianaKali
    LilianaKali 16 days ago

    My family will go half-sies, but that may be because we're with family/close friends so that's okay. When we eat formal meals (wedding, meeting new people) we don't do the half-sies - it's all or nothing.
    I was taught not to turn the lid upside down, but rather offset it enough (like partially resting on the arm of the pot) so it's open and the servers will know to refill it.
    I also learned from a tourguide at a heritage sight in China that the reason why we do the "finger-bow" when someone pours you tea as a thank you is because one of the emperors snuck away from his duties and disguised himself as a servant with the help of one of his servants. While hanging out with other servants the emperor decided to pour tea for everyone. The servant who helped him sneak out nearly wet himself - because he was worried about having the emporer - The Friggin Emperor - pour his tea, so he wanted to show a sign of respect - he wanted to bow as a 'thank you' but since no one was supposed to know the emperor was in disguise he opted to only subtly "bow" two of his fingers atop the table as a thanks and prayed the emperor understood his signal. This is probably an old wive's tale - but I think this would be a pretty awesome origin story for the "finger-bow", I've never seen anyone rap their knuckles on the table like a knock before though? Is that a younger generation thing?
    EDIT: the rules of chopsticks that I was taught growing up (may vary by region/family):
    1. Chopsticks should be in pairs - it is rude to stab something with a single chopstick or to handle them separately.
    2. If you accidentally drop a chopstick you're supposed to say a phrase which is a homophone for "chopstick down" and also "happiness" to ward off the bad luck from dropping a chopstick. If you don't speak Chinese maybe just pardon yourself????
    3. Eat with the tapered end of the chopstick - when you serve someone else with your own chopstick use the other end that hasn't been in or near your mouth unless you're close (like parent-child or spouses)
    4. Another option for serving other people is to have a few pairs of serving chopsticks around the table so you don't need to use either end of your own chopstick to serve other people (mostly formal occasions like weddings, celebrations, etc.)
    Also, pouring tea:
    1. Always fill other people's cups before your own - even if you're super thirsty you need to at least make the visible effort of offering tea to other people - at least the ones within arm's reach of you. Don't let your guest's cups be empty - or at least not for too long. You don't have to peak at their cups - but just make sure others are taken care of before you fill your own cup. Sometimes this mean the pot will empty and you will need to signal or wait for a server to refill it before you can finally wet your own parched throat - but manners. I admit I cheat a bit depending on how thirsty I feel - if I can feel by the weight of the pot that there isn't much tea left but I really can't wait I will underfilll other people's cups a little bit to allow myself at least one sip. SORRY!! And then as soon as the pot is refilled I do a cursory glance around at their cups again before FINALLY FINALLY drinking ALL THE TEA I WANT!!! Ugh manners.
    (these same manners apply to food, Mike mentioned this - but always offer the last piece to someone else first - if no one wants it then you can have it, or you can offer to get some more if it seems like enough people want it so the food doesn't go to waste).
    2. Also, like Mike mentioned, elders first. In general, Asians care about respect and hierarchy. So as a sign of respect pour elders and people of higher social status first: ex. I would always pour grandparents or bosses/supervisors first, then the next in age or position and of course, all the way down to subordinates/ younger family members, then finally - myself last.
    What manners do your families/cultures practice when eating?

    HNRY NIN9 16 days ago


  • Anthony Caldwell
    Anthony Caldwell 17 days ago

    I thought Mike Chen only did Beyond Science hahaha. The more you know

  • Wasabi Trash
    Wasabi Trash 17 days ago

    Isn't it called siew Mai that's the English spelling for that dish

  • Gabriel Romero
    Gabriel Romero 18 days ago

    Damn...they have 'patas de pollo' 😂 Jesus Christ i can't deal with those

  • Masaya Pyrok
    Masaya Pyrok 19 days ago

    Nice! thank you for educating us Mike. 😀

  • The Vilyn
    The Vilyn 19 days ago

    never realized you did a episode with strictly dumpling, nice

  • Dingleberry Sauce
    Dingleberry Sauce 19 days ago

    That guy has massive hands

  • Sonya Mataz
    Sonya Mataz 19 days ago

    he knows a lot about food

  • Grinshaw Novelty
    Grinshaw Novelty 20 days ago

    "Chicken feet; no big deal"

  • victoria chavarria
    victoria chavarria 21 day ago

    Ugh i want dimsum so bad right nooowww

  • Greta W
    Greta W 22 days ago

    Honestly chicken feet are my favorite thing to eat

  • Marsha Morrison
    Marsha Morrison 22 days ago

    Honestly Sean Evans has a creepy thing abt him! He doesn't have a TV personality just don't like you Sean! Your a straight up weirdo the way you say things!

  • mbadraftpick
    mbadraftpick 23 days ago

    Remember that Mike said he didn't like Nom Wah in another video haha but have to agree. The place is a tourist trap

  • TheWienerDogVlog
    TheWienerDogVlog 23 days ago

    Mike i need you to come help me in my food tasting.

    JRBDBC 24 days ago

    just found this channel. I came from Strictly dumpling.

  • Arief Rifqy Maulana Jati Nugroho

    I'd put The Last Dab on all of them first.

  • ******** ********
    ******** ******** 28 days ago

    y'all chinese people are great with your cooking 😍

  • TheENofficial
    TheENofficial 28 days ago

    This guy didn’t even get all the classics like phun gor, sticky rice in lotus leaf, stir fried sticky rice, fried taro dumplings, and no desserts. Wtf!?

  • TheENofficial
    TheENofficial 28 days ago


  • TheENofficial
    TheENofficial 28 days ago

    What? People cut dim sum in half all the time. The server even carrys scissors to cut it

  • TheENofficial
    TheENofficial 28 days ago


  • TheENofficial
    TheENofficial 28 days ago

    You tap your fingers on the table when someone pours you tea to tell them when you stop. When you stop tapping they stop pouring...this guy knows nothing

  • Erroll Leggo
    Erroll Leggo Month ago

    Two of my favourite food channels. We need Mike to eat the hot wings though.

  • Mini Wolfang
    Mini Wolfang Month ago

    Love love love Mike Chen!

  • Missy Seng
    Missy Seng Month ago

    You should do a segment with Mark Weins!

  • stilcrazychris
    stilcrazychris Month ago +1

    I love watching Mike's videos. Would love to do lunch with him, bc he knows his foods.

  • Jothunheim
    Jothunheim Month ago

    Yes, absolutely yes!

  • Kaldonis
    Kaldonis Month ago

    what if: you undid your collar or put on a tie. stop doing the inbetween.

  • sartorian darkstorm

    mike needs to be in a hot ones

  • Tabitha S.
    Tabitha S. Month ago

    I love Mikey Chen!

  • Shan L
    Shan L Month ago

    Go mike and Sean!

  • Michael Duvic
    Michael Duvic Month ago

    Love him.

  • Ryan Demma
    Ryan Demma Month ago

    why the music remind me of complex shoe videos

  • Force0fWi11
    Force0fWi11 Month ago

    The hot oil king.

  • stufoo
    stufoo Month ago +1

    mikey "mr. steal yo show" chen lol he took over this episode

  • Junkie Ward
    Junkie Ward Month ago +3

    Mike Chen can take down some spices I think he would make an interesting guest on Hot Ones.

  • A Ghoshal
    A Ghoshal Month ago


  • Richard Andrews
    Richard Andrews Month ago +2

    What are the chances the last two videos you've ate/cook with my favorite youtubers. Small world

  • Sam Lee
    Sam Lee Month ago

    Chicken feet no big deal

  • Jing Law
    Jing Law Month ago

    Don’t split the last pieces, don’t split the bill either...

  • Tommy
    Tommy Month ago

    I grew up eating chicken feet so never really had to get through any mental hurdle haha

  • Ryan Flores
    Ryan Flores Month ago

    Nom Wah! always wanted to go there. Had a teacher who always told me to go there. Dummy me still hasn't gone.

  • Cynthia Baker
    Cynthia Baker Month ago

    This diner looks like a 1960's diner in the midwest. Keep expecting to see a guy in a John Deere cap at the next table.........Diner meets Dim Sum.....I am so conflicted! But love it that way. God bless USA!

  • BeepBeepBoopBoop FC
    BeepBeepBoopBoop FC Month ago +1

    Oh my goodness. This video takes me back when I used to live Cleveland. Dim Sum is life

  • justus morrett
    justus morrett Month ago +1


  • 霜夜 彬
    霜夜 彬 Month ago

    if you can talk to someone sitting next to you at a normal volume, you know you are at the wrong place. Chinese people in restaurants are loud af

  • teodelfuego
    teodelfuego 2 months ago +1

    Sean: lose the button-down shirt and for fucks sake unbutton the top button. You don't need to dress like an uptight yuppie. Get a nice shirt

    • yayabutok
      yayabutok 22 days ago

      teodelfuego how about you mind your own business fashionfag

  • Richard Robertson
    Richard Robertson 2 months ago +1


  • Richard Robertson
    Richard Robertson 2 months ago +1

    Mike Chen I fucking love you xD

  • lin
    lin 2 months ago +1

    Bring Mike back to have him eat spicy wings!

    MYREALNAME 2 months ago

    Sean Evans seems completely bored and uninterested in what Mike has to say. Sean doesn’t have a trained palate, doesn’t have kitchen experience, and has the personality of an ash tray. Why on earth is this the guy you want making food content?

  • Luna Moth
    Luna Moth 2 months ago +1

    Yoooooo it’s been a while since I last watched mike fuck I need to get back on it

  • Kiyle Wilson
    Kiyle Wilson 2 months ago

    I enjoyed this video Sean :)

  • guzelmarmara
    guzelmarmara 2 months ago

    That intro music, anyone knows what's the name of the song?

  • YoshiNguyen
    YoshiNguyen 2 months ago

    I just ate chicken feet 😂

  • ipiesings
    ipiesings 2 months ago

    my man MIKE

  • Jose Aikee Fernandez
    Jose Aikee Fernandez 2 months ago

    I love chicken feet and hot oil.. yummy.. 👍👍👍

  • eyespy3001
    eyespy3001 2 months ago

    I think I went to junior high with Mike Chen... weird

  • Frank Pichardo
    Frank Pichardo 2 months ago

    Chicken feet: I don’t know about the rest of Latin America and Spain, but in Mexico someone will eat the feet. No big deal.

  • mr22turner
    mr22turner 2 months ago

    Sean. You’re soooo awkward.

  • Susan Tuna
    Susan Tuna 2 months ago

    here on mexico we eat chicken feet they are great on soups

  • Lee Birchenough
    Lee Birchenough 2 months ago

    Longer videos Sean. We want more.

  • Enzo Vieira
    Enzo Vieira 2 months ago

    Close your eyes at 0:30

  • Donald John Trump
    Donald John Trump 2 months ago

    Never trust a falungong member.

  • Donald John Trump
    Donald John Trump 2 months ago

    Tell us your falungong cult thing.

  • Donald John Trump
    Donald John Trump 2 months ago

    Mike Chen is working with cult.

  • Adam Wang
    Adam Wang 2 months ago

    man i am hungry and mouthwatering..

  • Stephen A Hill
    Stephen A Hill 2 months ago

    "the reason you dont drink cold water after greasy food is bc it will congeal"... yeah...1000% not true

  • Maggie Do
    Maggie Do 2 months ago

    Mike Chan 💖

  • Dirk Jewitt
    Dirk Jewitt 2 months ago +1

    Doesn't Mike Chen do Beyond Science also

  • J Chaney
    J Chaney 2 months ago

    Dumplings are all that and dim sum

  • Princess Jello
    Princess Jello 2 months ago

    Need that ha cheung tho. I went to this san francisco dim sum parlor similar to this place but they didnt have ha cheung wtfff :C

  • Galactic123
    Galactic123 2 months ago +2

    Eating chicken feet is almost exactly like eating the nub end of the chicken wing that most people throw away or use for stock.

    • treasure2914
      treasure2914 2 months ago

      What exactly does "most people" constitute? There are many cultures around the world that eat chicken feet. Just because you aren't familiar with them doesn't mean that they're in any way the minority.

  • Stanley Tang
    Stanley Tang 2 months ago +1

    LOL, me as native HongKonger, this dude got quite a few things wrong

    • Stanley Tang
      Stanley Tang 2 months ago

      like "green tea for summer, dark tea for winter", no such thing in HK;
      "get the steamer at the bottom", a big no-no, cause the steam waterdrops drop thru the steamers and land on the bottom;
      fried rice and noodle are not dimsum, normally people would order them to go with the dimsum;
      "sweet salted eggs"?? there are no eggs in those buns, they filled with some custard like cream

    • 286mic
      286mic 2 months ago

      Like what?

    • Donald John Trump
      Donald John Trump 2 months ago

      Stanley Tang He's falungong member. What you expected?

  • Jonathan Batley
    Jonathan Batley 2 months ago

    These dudes are twins

  • C Tran
    C Tran 2 months ago

    first time i watched something from FWF that wasn't Hot Ones, and wow! learned that: editing always on point clearly and Sean is a great host. great job trying the chicken feet :D

  • Pt0wN973b0iI
    Pt0wN973b0iI 2 months ago +2

    This video could have been longer.. Sean, loosen up a bit!

  • Apollo123
    Apollo123 2 months ago +1

    Beyond science

  • Gareth Smith
    Gareth Smith 2 months ago


  • William Chen
    William Chen 2 months ago +1

    My top two favorite food tubers in one place. Nice.

  • budgetracingCC
    budgetracingCC 2 months ago

    Bro you missed out on the deep fried shrimp wonton. Those are the best with a little bit of spicy sauce and some soya sauce on top.

  • Jack Koo
    Jack Koo 3 months ago

    No xiao long bao? WTF!!!

  • Samed Meyer
    Samed Meyer 3 months ago

    grain alternative image glass phenomenon white jazz sing hold borrow.

  • Janayn Melis
    Janayn Melis 3 months ago

    I freakin' love this place but it gets so crowded on the weekends!

    BLaDEWaLKER33 3 months ago

    mike chen for hot ones