Cai

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Egg-yolk buns at Cai
Chinatown

The chef at this ornate dinner-and-dim sum spot, Xi Xin Lin, has a mystical way with creamy egg-yolk buns, delicate free-form dumplings stuffed with shrimp and dried scallop and steamed rice-noodle crêpes paired with crunchy bits of celery. This is classed up dim sum at its most traditional, mirrored by the over-the-top, glitzy, gilded look of the second-story restaurant, making it a favorite pick for Chinese wedding banquets.

Venue name: Cai
Contact:
Address: 2100 S Archer Ave, #2F
Chicago

Cross street: between Wentworth and Princeton Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (dim sum served Mon–Fri 9am–4pm; Sat, Sun 8am–4pm)
Transport: El stop: Red to Cermak/Chinatown. Bus: 21, 24, 62
Price: Average dim sum: $4
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