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Aug 6, 2010 02:55 PM

Tong Sui or other Chinese Desserts

Hi everyone.

I'm from Montreal, coming to visit Boston for a long weekend in two weeks.

We have a lot of Chinese restaurants here but we don't have any chinese dessert places like i used to go to in Hong Kong. I'm not talking about a bakery with custard cakes and buns. Mostly traditional desserts like Tongsui (sweet soups of various kinds) or other type of desserts.

Just testing my luck :)

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  1. Sorry, we don't have these types of places here. Not sure why no one's thought of it. I do know what you are talking about and it's one of the things I miss about Hong Kong.

    If you are looking for Tongsui, you can get it gratis after dinner in many of the Chinatown's restaurants.

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    1. re: Chocomom

      east ocean seafood in chinatown serves a sweet soup for dessert though i have not had it in a year or two.

      1. re: Chocomom

        Hmm i'll look into it, but what i really miss is the dessert only shops, that become buzzing with activity late at night. Like an alternative to bars. I miss that from Hong Kong...

      2. There was a thread recently about the sad dearth of Chinese dessert options in the area. You can do a search to find the thread and the few recommendations offered. Overall, no dessert only place, but certain restaurants may serve or offer a few sweet offerings at the end of a meal.

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          1. re: kobuta

            Feels like the same problem as over here in Montreal. Oh well, hopefully someday one will open.... Until then i'll just buy the stuff from the asian markets.

          2. Not chinese but South East Asia in Lowell has 2 desserts on their buffet that i really enjoy. One is a cold sweet white soup with tiny tapioca balls in it, they call it thai tapioca (saku). The other is a dense sort of cake they call Laotian soy bean custard cake - really good.

            1. Whoa, there are LOTS of places to get this in Boston. Probably the widest variety is at the relatively new Bubor Cha Cha in Chinatown. This is a place that I would not recommend for food, but the desserts I've had there are excellent. I've been there several times, late at night (they're open until 2 AM) and just had desserts. The restaurant has more patrons at dinner time, it's usually fairly empty after dinner. Their eponymous dessert, Bubor Cha Cha is excellent, as is the Pulut Hitam (椰汁黑糯米).

              Juice Bar, around the corner, has bubble teas, juices, and also a number of sweet dessert soups. I think that's probably the closest thing to a dessert bar.

              Wing's Kitchen in Chinatown also has a nice sweet red bean soup, although I don't know that it's on the menu (comes after the meal). Wang's in Somerville, has nice sweet red bean porridge. My favorite tofu jello in syrup (dou huar) is at Chung Shin Yuan in Newton. My new favorite tang yuan is at Beijing Star in Waltham. Blue Asia in Allston makes terrific shaved ice with a variety of toppings.

              Beijing Star Restaurant
              835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

              Chung Shin Yuan
              183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

              Blue Asia Cafe
              113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

              Bubor Cha Cha
              45 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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              1. re: lipoff

                Yah, I had a dessert soup with crispy fried sesame and nut dumplings in it at Beijing Star that blew my mind. Truly delicious.

                Beijing Star Restaurant
                835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451