Here's a look at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, a new outpost of New York City's famous dim sum shop, whose history dates back to 1920. Owner Wilson Tang and partner/GM Eric Li have translated the historic spot to a second location in Philadelphia's Chinatown, which began offering delivery earlier this month and has now softly opened.
Unlike Philly's other much-hyped new dim sum spot, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Nom Wah offers a more traditional take: Though there are no carts roving around the snug space, the tea parlor has earlier hours and classic dishes like a wide variety of dumplings, sticky rice in lotus leaf, roast pork buns, egg rolls, and salt and pepper shrimp. A liquor license is currently in the works.
For now, hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except for Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed. In the soft opening phase, Nom Wah is still not serving its eventual full menu (though the options have already grown substantially in the week or so that they've been live on Caviar), so expect more menu items to be added as they get going.