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Shouting it from the roof tops- there is now DIM SUM in BALTIMORE COUNTY!!!

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vdubdallasrose Feb 23, 2013 10:25 AM

There's a place in a Rosedale industrial park on Rt 40 called HAHA Foods. I've driven past it the last few years and always assumed it was a strictly wholesale Asian market. I've never been so happy to be wrong in my entire life. It's a warehouse-sized Asian grocery store and for the last 6 months it's had a Chinese/Dim Sum restaurant/eatery INSIDE of it. Complete with hanging roast pigs and ducks in a window. As usual, on the rare occasions that I do eat dim sum (usually when I'm out of town,) my eyes were way bigger than my stomach. Everything we got was good, shu mai, taro dumplings, bbq buns, sticky rice in lotus leaf, etc. Their non- dim sum menu was also quite expansive, from congee to jellyfish. And the market- oh the market. Fresh seafood (a lot of it still swimming) ,meat, produce, more dried and canned goods than you could shake a stick at, and a freezer section filled with tons of goodies-including a shit ton of frozen dim sum items. Check this place out. I'm serious. I know this is nothing special for people in a lot of cities, but here it's a big deal. At least it is for anyone like me, who lies awake some nights just wishing for a decent Chinese meal in this town full of shiny orange chicken and f*cking P.F. Changs.

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    daveinmd Feb 26, 2013 12:48 PM

    Just checked it out -- not bad. The space is not especially well-filled or organized, and the selection is not as good as an H-Mart, but it is definitely not bad and closer to Baltimore City than the H-mart in Catonsville.

    The restaurant inside is interesting -- prices are higher than I would expect for the setting -- entrees more in the $10-$20 realm, and even wonton noodles and soups $9-$10. I tried the shrimp dumplings (ha-gow), siumai, and shrimp in long rice wrappers, and it was not bad at all -- delicate skins and reasonably tasty fillings. They also have roasted ducks, roasted pork, cold platters of beef tendon and pig ears, and the ability to pre-order roast suckling pig. Might be worth a chow outing with a bunch of folks to try a bunch of items, including the suckling pig. They seem to have a reasonably skilled chef behind the counter.

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      aaamanda Feb 24, 2013 02:38 PM

      Do you know if it's only served earlier in the day? Or could I go there for dinner?

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        vdubdallasrose Feb 25, 2013 04:02 AM

        Not positive about that. They're open from 9-8:30 daily, and I didn't see anything indicating that the dim sum was strictly day time, so who knows. Probably worth a phone call before you go at dinner time though, just to be safe.

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          jfish Feb 25, 2013 05:36 AM

          You can go for dinner. I stopped in about 5:00 Sunday evening. We did not try the dim sum, but they said it was available and made fresh to order. We did split half a roast duck which with a pot of tea made quite a nice dinner for $13. The soups looked good and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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          chefdilettante Feb 24, 2013 11:22 AM

          Here's a link. Thanks for telling us about this place:

          http://www.hahafoodmarket.com/

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            aaamanda Feb 23, 2013 02:57 PM

            Thanks for the heads-up! I'll check it out!

            1. ipsedixit Feb 23, 2013 12:37 PM

              This is great for the area. Too bad it's like a good hour drive from DC.

              Thanks for the heads up

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                Worldwide Diner Feb 24, 2013 12:29 AM

                You could go to Great Wall for seafood.

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                  ipsedixit Feb 24, 2013 11:27 AM

                  I would much prefer to dumpster dive for rations.

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