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Best Dim Sum in Boston Area That No One Knows About?

Everyone knows about the dim sum at places like Chau Chow and China Pearl in Chinatown, but what are some good places for dim sum in Boston or the suburbs that aren't as well known?

As an example, I noticed that the little-known Quincy Dynasty in North Quincy has dim sum on weekends, and I did like my dinner there, but I'm not sure if it's worth going for their dim sum.

Any thoughts on Quincy Dynasty or any other lesser-known places that do dim sum?

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  1. I like the dimsum buffet at Oriental Pearl in Framingham. Also the dim sum at Uncle Cheungs in Framingham. Search the forum and check out my blog as well.
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    1. Chung-Shin Yuan on California Street in Newton (Nonantum section) serves a well-regarded Taiwanese dim sum on weekends, although there is a line of loyal patrons every weekend, so hardly a secret to some.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Yes, I was going to post about this place as well. The trick is to get there in advance of opening time at 11:30 or so.

        There seems to be a growing knowledge of the Taiwanese style of dim sum, at least on this board, but every time I bring friends there I have to forewarn them that it's a different set of items and that there's no bao, and many of them still seem to feel slightly disappointed at not having gotten "real" dim sum. On the other hand, I love going there with BFP, because he can't eat shrimp which makes Cantonese dim sum a bit tricky, but he has full run of the menu with Taiwanese dim sum.

        1. re: Allstonian

          Thanks for the reminder on the opening time. Don't let the long pre-11:30 line worry you. You should get a seat in the first sitting. A lovely, older Taiwanese couple helped me out with ordering the first time I was there, because I was also expecting Cantonese style.

          1. re: Allstonian

            What is distinctive about Taiwanese dim sum?

            1. re: VivreManger

              Nothing specifically distinctive, as it draws from a few regions (Taiwan cuisine is an amalgam of dishes form all over mainland China) -- you'll see Northern Chinese fare, some examples including variants of flatbread (jia2 bing3) stuffed with meat (beef and lamb are common), scallions, and a sweet fermented wheat sauce, also potstickers or boiled dumplings (shui3 jiao3), scallion pancakes (cong1 you2 bing3); Eastern Chinese (Shanghainese) stuff such as stinky bean curd (chou4 dou4 fu2), gluten in a dark anise and clove based sauce (kao3 fu1); and more Southern Chinese snack se.g. fried turnip cake (luo2 bo4 gao1).

              1. re: VivreManger

                IIRC, fewer bready and dumpling dishes that one typically gets at Cantonese dim sum. But you know, it's been a while since I've been so I better go back and check it out with my chowhound eye.

          2. I like the dim sum at Green Tea in Newton. No carts, but because everything's cooked to order it's hot and very fresh. They have some things I haven't seen other places, like water chestnut cakes. Yum.

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            1. Im a fan of the dim sum at Mary Chungs in Cambridge (next to Middle East in Central Square) -- sunday only i believe.

              1. Although its related to China Pearl in Chinatown, I find that China Pearl in Woburn has always been good and has never disappointed me with dim sum. If you get there any time before noon, it's generally possible to get seated without a wait.

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                1. re: joe_biotech

                  Hm, can't say "no one knows" about the Woburn China Pearl, though, since when I've gone, there's always been a 25-45 minute wait (12:30pm). It's kinda middle-of-the-road -- the har gau skin is always mushy and overcooked, the siu mai is usually overcooked, and service is also mediocre. I find it OK for getting my suburban dim sum fix, but not a destination.

                2. Check out Shangra-la in Belmont. It doesn't look like much but the food is good.

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                  1. re: tpapa2

                    And show up early or after about 1--more lines. Lots of big family parties in the late morning.

                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                      If you go at around 2pm, it's great -- no lines, food comes out instantly. I think they have the dim sum available until 2:30 or 3pm.

                  2. If non Cantonese dim sum is included, I'd add Shanghai Gate and New Shanghai to the list. Does anyone know if Mulan has dim sum offerings? Qingdao has Northern Chinese breakfast items on weekends, but haven't been in a while.

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                    1. re: limster

                      Shanghai Gate has Dim Sum? Hmm, didn't know that. Both Sat & Sun? And what do you particularly recommend off their Dim Sum menu/choices.

                      1. re: psora

                        They have a weekend menu, with a few varieties of Shanghainese streets snacks, such as xiao long bao and shen jian bao. Didn't have a big group, so didn't dig too deep, but was satisfied with what I had.