For a dim sum lunch in Liverpool there are only really two restaurants I would consider, Mei Mei on Berry Street by the bombed out church (St Lukes for the out of towners) and Tai Pan further out from the centre on Great Howard Street.
The beauty of dim sum is that it is a sharing affair and is best enjoyed in large groups which allows for more dishes to be ordered. Portions of dumplings usually come with four pieces, although more upscale Chinese restaurants may serve in portions of three or even allow you to order each piece individually as in the case of A Wong.
Siu mai – prawn and pork dumplings
Har gau – prawn dumplings in a translucent case
Shanghai dumplings, not on the level of those I've tried at Din Tai Fung in Hong Kong but decent
Whelks in satay sauce - a childhood favourite
Churn fan – silky smooth rice rolls which come in a range of fillings, fried dough, char siu and beef are generally our picks
Fried churn fun and turnip cakes coated in XO sauce (made with dried scallops)
Blackbean and chilli steam spare ribs
Chicken feet, braised and steamed with blackbean and chilli
Bean curd wraps – filled with pork and spring onion, deep fried beancurd spring rolls and yee mein noodles with mushroom
Deep fried cuttlefish cakes and mixed roast meat ho fun