A new dim sum joint from the original owners of Little Chinatown in Kenner opened in the French Quarter last week, helping fill a void of solid Cantonese-style Chinese dining options in New Orleans.
According to Dian Xin’s Facebook page, owners opened the doors of 1218 Decatur Street last week, in the former Quarter location of Wink’s Buttermilk Drop Cafe (and more recently a falafel spot), serving up traditional dishes representative of its name like shu mai and bao as well as Taiwanese-style popcorn chicken and breakfast favorite jianbing.
Judy Ceng sold Little Chinatown last year to travel the country with her husband, telling The Advocate that they were struck by the popularity of dim sum nationwide contrasted with the lack of existing offerings for it in their hometown. Current dim sum options include Three Happiness and Panda King in Gretna, Jung’s Golden Dragon II on Magazine Street, and the more modern Maypop from Michael Gulotta. A highly-anticipated Chinese-American restaurant from a former Cochon chef will join the mix this spring.
Dian Xin’s hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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