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Oct 28, 2006 05:39 PM

Best Dim Sum??? Boston and North

Looking for best Dim Sum boston and north - discovered it in Seattle but know we must have awesome dim sum right here. We've done a place in Woburn and liked it.

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  1. Yep -- just do a search on "hei la moon" or "chau chow city" or even "dim sum" and you'll get lots of ideas. My favorite is CCC but I've not been to HLM yet. Want to.

    1. We like hei la moon best in boston. I keep a dimsum blog with alot of photos and info on various places around.

      1. Other notable dim sum can be found at Shangri-La in Belmont, and Beijing Star in Waltham

        1. For the full dim sum with rolling carts, big room, and the feeling of being part of something massive, I agree with Chau Chow City. But, I've actually been liking the dim sum at the Super 88 food court in Allston even better. If you're ok with sitting at a table with dim sum in styrofoam containers, it's made to order, it's always hot and the ingredients hold fresh distinct flavors (there is none of the over-fried, soggy, over-steamed or lukewarm elements that are the more disappointing plates you get a couple of at many CCC visits); I've not had anything there I didn't like. Today we had the shrimp and chives dumplings--liked this a lot; the vegetarian steamed buns which take the thick rice dough you're used to in pork buns, and put steamed still crisp vegetables in the middle; fried turnip cake, very simple obviously but fried nicely with enough but not too much oil... We always have sesame balls which are always hot with a crisp outside and a lovely soft hot red bean paste interior--a very basic little thing that every place serves, but these are done really nicely and the best we've had in Boston. Plus you can get Vietnamese iced coffee or a plate of Indonesian food or bi-bim-bap from the other places in the food court. I learned about Super 88 from chowhound and I'm a major convert.

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          1. re: aquariumtown

            [For the full dim sum with rolling carts, big room, and the feeling of being part of something massive, I agree with Chau Chow City.]

            My favorite dim-sum-as-event, rather than dim-sum-as-food, is Emperor's/Empire's Garden on Washington St on a weekend morning or early afternoon. Dining rooms don't come much more massive or busy than that.

          2. Ive been to the dimsum chef 3-4 times at the 88 food court, even have photos, etc of it on my blog. Its not bad for a quick fix during non-dimsum hours. However when you say "made to order" you really mean defrosted to order or heated up to order. Trust me when you come in and order 4-5 items off the menu, they dont start making 3 different types of dough and 4 different fillings to make you 3 pieces of something for $2-3! Most of what they serve, can be bought in bags in the frozen section at the 88 right across the hall. You can get 20-30 different types of buns, etc there. Im sure they make some of the items, once a week and keep them in the fridge or freezer till ordered but the bulk of it is pre-prepared.

            On the flip side, if you go to hei la moon or chau chau city on a sunday AM, they are literally making and serving 100s of each item. They have an entire crew whipping out trays of these items that are larger then life. 3 guys wrestling with a ball of dough thats as big as a sofa! You get the idea. Sure if you dont time it right it may drive around on the cart and get cold or over steamed by the time you grab it, but i find if you go during the prime time on a sunday am, the stuff is flying off the carts so fast it doesnt have time for that.

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            1. re: hargau

              mea culpa--my enthusiasm was over-the-top and inaccurate. I do love this place though.