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    Graton Unveils New Dim Sum Menu Created by Master Chef Pit-fun Li

    Sonoma County’s Graton Resort & Casino recently announced the debut of its new dim sum menu at the Boathouse Asian Eatery. The Boathouse—created by partners Catherine Do, Hans Mogensen, and Executive Chef Tu Do—introduced the new menu on December 1 crafted by dim sum master Chef Pit-fun Li. Guests can now enjoy the new options at the restaurant on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

    “Dim sum has been among our most requested cuisines, so we’re excited to bring this amazing experience to our guests,” said Do. “We’re delighted to have Chef Pitt Li on board for this special launch as he creates dishes that emphasize the use of natural ingredients which bring out the classic dim sum flavor profile without using MSG.”

    The Boathouse and Dim Sum

    Dim sum is prepared as small bite-sized portions of food, served in steamer baskets or on small plates. The cuisine is commonly viewed as Cantonese, although other varieties exist. Among Chef Pit’s signature dishes are the House-Roasted Duck and Shoa Lung Bao (soup dumplings). Shoa Lung Bao are prepared using just the right amount of broth and the traditional dumpling “pinch” to secure them in place before they hit the steamer.

    Dim sum menu dishes available at the Boathouse Asian Eatery include:

    • Har gow dumplings, with dough made from scratch;
    • Shrimp & pork shumai;
    • Noodle roll in Chinese donut;
    • Char sui pork pastry (an Asian meat pie made with a flaky, crusty dough and savory sweet BBQ pork filling);
    • Hong Kong daikon cake;
    • Egg custard bao (a soft bao dessert with a creamy sweet egg custard center).

    Master Dim Sum Chef Pit-fun Li

    Born in Hong Kong, Chef Pit began his culinary career as an apprentice under Master Dim Sum Chef HanRong Li at the Guangzhou Restaurant Group in China when he was just 17 years old. He then joined the East Ocean Gourmet Group, where he served as head chef for their dim sum department. During his tenure, East Ocean Gourmet Group was featured in media outlets including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as serving some the best classic Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong.

    Graton Resort & Casino Dining

    In addition to the Boathouse, Graton features these restaurants: 630 Park Steakhouse (fine-dining steak and seafood, with an extensive wine list); Tony’s of North Beach (recently awarded “Best Pizzeria in America” by Forbes); Daily Grill (classic, fresh American fare); and a collection of quick-serve restaurants in the Marketplace that serve everything from burritos to burgers to noodle soups. 

    Published on December 5, 2019