The Dim Sum Tea Shop in downtown La Crosse was Kelly Deng's other option.
The former math teacher with 17 years under her belt, intended to continue teaching in the United States after moving here from China in 2008 but she couldn't find a job.
"I went to one school but they said I need to work on my English," said Dang.
Since teaching was out, Kelly turned to the next thing she was passionate about...tea.
Deng says in China, instead of taking medicine, you drink tea. "First, we always help ourselves. When we growing, we all know the best doctor is ourselves," said Dang.
Sharing a meal or dim sum is the norm in China. There, families meet up at tea houses to celebrate, mourn, or just catch up.
Jeffrey Hutama works at the Holiday Inn in downtown La Crosse. He moved here from Philadelphia but was born in Indonesia and says he appreciates the authentic food at Dim Sum Tea Shop and the Bubble Tea.
"I like to come here almost every day. I found this shop and I feel great," said Hutama.
Nkaonyia Yang takes her family for dim sum at least once a week. "It's really awesome with all the neat things she has, and the tea, and of course, the food. That's why we come back."
Tea Tasting Parties are held every first Tuesday of the month.