If you’re not familiar with dim sum, it’s understandable. After all, there’s only one restaurant in Columbia that serves it: ABC Chinese Cuisine.
Dim sum consists of various steamed or fried dumplings and pastries, and ABC Chinese offers an abundance. The hand-made dim sum menu, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, features 30 items, including Shrimp Dumplings, Pan Fried Turnip Cake, Rice Crepe with Beef and dozens more, plus exotic offerings such as Chicken Feet and Beef Tripe.
The Wong family opened ABC Chinese two years ago because no one else in town was offering dim sum.
“It’s something customers look for,” says Joe Wong. “People come to experience a different kind of cuisine they can only get here.”
And an experience it is. The idea is to order a fairly wide variety of dim sum and enjoy your own small smorgasbord. But dim sum is only part of the story at ABC Chinese. With its extensive menu, ABC Chinese is more like “A to Z” Chinese.
ABC Chinese offers a wide variety of appetizers and soups. House specials range from Wong’s Orange Beef Tenderloin to Honey Walnut Shrimp, as well as home-style dishes such as Happy Family and Ke Jia’s Special. Diners can also order by protein, choosing chicken, pork, beef or seafood.
The restaurant serves the usual white, brown and fried rice and also features Stir-Fried Rice Vermicelli and Stir-Fried Rice Cakes as well as its popular Yang Zhou Fried Rice.
There is an ample array of vegetarian options and several different noodle selections. Many entrées are gluten-free. ABC serves seasonal menu items depending on availability of ingredients. If you’re looking for something extra special, you can call ahead at least 24 hours in advance and reserve an order of Bei Jing Roast Duck.
The restaurant offers a $7.99 lunch special where diners may choose one of 13 entrées with either Hot and Sour Soup or Chicken and Corn Soup plus the choice of Eggroll or Crab Rangoon. On any given day, plenty of professionals from the nearby medical buildings can be found enjoying the lunch special.
“We do have quite a few medical staff who come in regularly, as well as the labs around here,” Wong says. “They come for the quality of the food.”
ABC Chinese Cuisine is located at 3510 I-70 Drive S.E. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m. It’s closed on Tuesday. Cash-paying customers receive 10 percent off their check. ABC Chinese may be a little out of the way, but it’s also a little out of the ordinary.