100 Favorite Dishes: No. 90 -- Pork Buns From Umi Fish Bar + Grill

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 90: Pork Buns From Umi Fish Bar + Grill

It goes without saying that South Florida summers will be brutally hot and grindingly humid, that the weasels up in Tallahassee will stuff themselves with corporate cash like a bunch of human piñatas, and that anyone hungry for better-than-mediocre dim sum would probably have more luck finding snowmen on Ocean Drive. Umi Fish Bar is no dim sum house, but you couldn't tell by its Chinese-style pork buns, light and fluffy pillows stuffed with chunks of sweet-tangy-bacony Duroc (a heritage breed of pig) pork belly that fully live up to the English translation of dim sum--"touch the heart." Of course, this being the USofA, where nothing succeeds like excess, there's a bit of gilt sent out with this lily--little puddles of fiery sriracha and hoisin sauces, plus house-made pickles to cut that porky richness. Sadly, though, South Florida summers will still be brutal, and the Tallahassee weasels will continue to give greed a bad name.

Umi Fish Bar + Grill
2401 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 91: Mariquitas From Cabana
No. 92: Meatballs With Ricotta and San Marzano Tomato Sauce From Deck 84
No. 93: Crème Brûlée With Fruit Compote From Mojo
No. 94: Asparagus and Swiss Omelette From La Bonne Crepe on Las Olas
No. 95: Pad Thai from Sukhothai
No 96: The Mother of All Burgers from Quickie's Burgers & Wings
No. 97: Arancini Rice Balls from D'Angelo
No. 98: "Yum Yum" Korean Pork Tacos from Nacho Bizness
No. 99: Sauteed Gator Tail from Rosey Baby
No. 100: Vacio Steak from Angus Bar and Grill

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Where's the picture Bill? We are visual creatures. And I would have to say pork buns being chosen from a premiere seafood/sushi resto is a very odd choice. But thanks for representing the north side of the county.

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