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Oct 30, 2006 03:46 AM

Hei La moon was better then ever today!

Today a group of us went to Hei La Moon in Boston. We had not been in a while. One intersting thing was that they opened a basement level of the restaurant up. Looks to be larger then the original restaurant down there. We didnt sit down there but it made our wait for a table for 10 upstairs much much shorter. We got a great table right by the exit of the kitchen, this was ideal as all the carts were full and hot when they got to us.

We found everything to be great today, much better then we had remembered even. Some of the items we got: (multiples of each)

Shrimp and beef stuffed rice noodles, shu mai, har gau, shark fin dumplings, tofu skin rolls, congee, ribs w/ black bean sauce served over rice noodles, Yellow custard buns were perhaps the best ever, Egg tarts, steamed pork buns, baked flaky pork pastries, sticky rice in lotus leaf, fried shrimp w/ taro, fried shrimp w/ chive dumplings were twice the size as anyplace else, Taro dumplings w/ pork inside, fried calamari-always great here, snails, chicken feet, turnip cake, chinese greens w/oyster sauce,seafood in tofu skin, steamed shrimp/chive dumplings, and many others I cant remember or dont know a name for!

Total bill $140 w/tip. Cant wait to go back.

After the meal we walked to Rainbow Cafe for Boba Tea drinks. They had a good selection all made with ice cream and real fruit. I found the boba pearls themselves to be really too mushy though and too big for the straw. Perhaps we got the bottom of a batch or something.

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  1. I haven't had much luck with the boba at Rainbow Cafe either. Love the cuttlefish balls though.

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    1. re: limster

      Im pretty new to the Boba scene and have yet to find a place in ChinaTown that i really love.

      So far my favorite place for it i think is the lollicup place in the 88 food court. Their boba seems just right to me in firmness and has a honey sort of taste to it that others dont have.

      In chinatown I have tried 3-4 places including the juice bar in the eatery, rainbow cafe, a couple others that i cant remember the name of. None have really thrilled me.

      I also tend to like many of the slush or milk type drinks at lollicup where most of the China Town places seem to only have the real fruit type.

      Any suggestions?

      1. re: hargau

        I haven't been to Infusions in Allston in a while, but it's been a favourite in the past. Totally worth trying.

        1. re: limster

          noted. I really want to find a place I love in China Town though because it makes a great after dimsum treat.

        2. re: hargau

          I haven't had the boba at the Rainbow Cafe but they do an amazing fruit shake with ice cream and coconut milk - pineapple has been my favorite so far but the mango and coconut are tasty too. I like them w/ the small tapioca pearls, the ones that are clear and translucent, otherwise known as "xi mi"

      2. Does Hei La Moon serve dim sum on weekday nights? What is parking like in that area on a weekday evening?

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        1. re: VivreManger

          No I believe its only during the days. I also recommend going on Sunday around 11-12 for the best variety and freshest selection. We always park in the garage which is above the restaurant, pretty handy. $10 flat rate for sunday, i believe you can get $5 off with a stamp too.

        2. thanks har gau for exc report.. i'm definitely heading there next. you've not mentioned msg- do they use it, do you know? (maybe you saw my CH question about dimsum and thirst? i found out it's msg caused)

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          1. re: opinionatedchef

            We are heading back again this coming Sunday. Everyone uses msg. Some places more then others and some items more then others. For instance i have found the pork buns and rice in lotus leaf to have alot of msg at some places but delicate steamed things like har gau or chow fun would not. Seems to vary from visit to visit at all places.

          2. Went to Hei La Moon for the first time today with some business associates.

            I could not quite keep up with what we were eating because the dishes came so fast and furious but among them were shu mai, har gau, shark fin dumplings, steamed pork buns, sticky rice, fried shrimp w/ chive dumpling, and steamed shrimp/chive dumplings.

            The most interest were dumplings with a filling that tasted like chestnuts. Really good and quite out of the ordinary.

            I can't wait to go back to Hei La Moon.

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            1. re: Bob MacAdoo

              nobody makes those fried shrimp and chive dumplings better. One of my favorites. We call them "green things" for lack of a better name! Try it sunday AM around 11-12.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                They don't use actually shark fin, do they?

                1. re: Alcachofa

                  Not down's more a "looks like shark fin" dumpling and because it's implied that it has shark fin, it's more expensive than regular dumplings.
                  I did have it in Toronto at a somewhat upscale chinese restaurant and it actually did have shark fin (and their food was tastier). It's too bad price constraints down here keep dim sum so uninventive...dim sum dishes could be a lot more interesting..

              2. Sorry to report a disappointing lunch at HLM today. Sui mai were overcooked the fried shrimp and celery rolls were cold and soggy. Even the mustard was funky. Bean curd skins were as good as usual. It's been a while since I been at peak times so maybe just an off session. I'll return before passing judgement.

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                1. re: gourmaniac

                  I have always said. Sunday Am-afternoon is the time to go, any other time at any of the places is a crap shoot and imho catered to tourists.

                  1. re: hargau

                    That's odd, because when I go on a weekday all of the dim sum restaurants are 99% asian, don't seem to be catering to tourists.

                    1. re: paulgardner

                      99% of 10% of the crowd. When you go on the weekend the crowds are larger, the stuff doesnt sit on the carts as long and get either cold or overcooked as the complaint was. Also the variety of items is better. You go during the week, yea there may be some asian clients but i find more often then not they are having a light snack like a bowl of congee or some chicken feet and reading the newspaper. They are not coming with entire families and buying $200 of dimsum like we are on the weekends.