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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.

            2. I'm a big fan of Chow chow city. The place in Woubun you went to has it's main resturant in Chinatown (China Perl) which is better than the one in woburn. I haven't been to Hei La Moon YET but am planning on going there on my next trip to boston. Other places in the suburbs which it sounds like you're in are Yangzee river in Lexington has a dimsum buffet $11.95 i think. I'm not a big fan of that place as I find it ver frustrating trying to get anything you want if you don't sit right infront of the kitchen. And Oriental Perl in Framingham which if I recall is $8.50 or $9.95 and better than yangtzee. But the best ones are definately in chinatown. I'd recomend Chow chow city for a firts major outing and bring friends they'll thank you for it.

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              1. re: lavelanet

                The China Pearl in Woburn only does Dim Sum on weekends. They do a boring anywhere-USA buffet midweek. The selection isn't as extensive as their main Chinatown restaurant but it's as good as you're going to find due north of Boston.

              2. I forwarded the comments on Super 88 dimsum to my parents in Boston and they went there to try it out, with the following comments: "We went to Dim Sum Chef at the 88 Food Court today to check out several favorite items. They are not as good and fresh as those at Green Tea. The fillings of Vegetable Bao are not fresh green vegetables, but a mixture of pale colored veg. and a little mushroom, sweet taste. The meat in Shanghai Meat Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao) is the mushy, frozen kind. Steamed Xia Jiao (shrimp dumpling) is OK but not really fresh. Only the fried chicken feet, probably newly fried this morning, received high praise." Maybe a bad day there...

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                1. re: barleywino

                  Read my post above. Most of the items are straight from the freezer case across the hall at the 88. But thats all you can really expect from a place like this. Think about it, they have about 40 items on the menu. I would be surprised if they sell 1 of each every day. How can they possibly make all those items from scratch and keep them fresh with the volume they do in that food court? They cant.

                  1. re: hargau

                    Very true...like food court sushi

                2. Chau Chow hands down, solely for their Lobster Har Gao. Hei La Moon is great, but when I want dim sum, those little bundles of lobster love are like nothing else.

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                  1. re: archer823

                    Another vote for all three.

                    A tip for Dim Sum neophytes - Hei La Moon's takeout menus list the ingredients of all of the dumplings next to their picture. I'm not sure if other places use the same shapes, but at Hei La Moon having a key is very helpful to learn what is what.

                    Last time I was there, the menus were hot pink and in a plastic box by the door.

                  2. I think China Pearl is better than Chau Chow, but they are definately the 2 best places. I hate greasy dim sum and China Pearl is pretty good at avoiding it. They are also pretty good at finding the dishes you want that haven't rolled by yet. Their Lobster Har Gao are also great :-)