Photo by Tarina Rodríguez
Dim Sum, Panama Style
Panamanians love the much-ballyhooed Chinese brunch, largely due to influences from the Far Eastern culture’s presence in Panama, one of the largest and most prosperous in the Western Hemisphere. Immigrants first reached here 160 years ago to work building railroads and now dim sum options abound in the capital city. Many tout Lung Fung (on Avenida de los Periodistas in the Los Ángeles quarter), considered the oldest of such restaurants; the Golden Unicorn (in San Francisco behind the Atlapa Convention Center) has been gaining adherents due to its more contemporary vibe and décor. El Palacio Dorado (at Plaza Mirage on Avenida Ricardo J. Alfaro) is another highly attractive setup, well decorated and spacious. Finally there’s Sunly (Los Tucanes shopping center in El Dorado), where Cantonese delights are the specialty.
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