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New China Pearl Woburn - Dim Sum Just Passable

StriperGuy May 13, 2013 06:39 AM

We had:

- Radish cake, soggy flabby, a bit mooshi, no real pan char
- Char siu bao, distinct stale taste to the filling
- Deep fried shrimp in taro shreds, okay, but the shrimp filling lost in the taro
- Noodles (more like Udon) with beef was toothsome and competently executed
- pork, shrimp, and scallion dumplings, okay but nothing amazing

Honestly I would never go back unless desperate and in the immediate area. Totally inferior to Hei La Moon, or Winsor even on a bad day.

Our recent Taiwan style dim sum at Asian Gourmet in Concord was MUCH better.

We were all pretty disappointed by the food.

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    hargau May 13, 2013 01:18 PM

    When did you go? I have had decent dimsum there, certainly not Winsor or HLM level but passable in a pinch. The new place in Lowell i think is better than HLM even.

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    1. re: hargau
      jgg13 May 13, 2013 01:36 PM

      To be fair, he said "just passable" which to me sounds not unlike "passable in a pinch"

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        StriperGuy May 13, 2013 02:13 PM

        I would only go if less than a mile away and really hungry.

        As is I drove 20 minutes to get there and should have stuck with the FAR, FAR superior Asia Gourmet in Concord.

        The taro cake and char siu bao were just edible.

        1. re: StriperGuy
          hargau May 13, 2013 03:14 PM

          I have been to Asia Gourmet many times but feel its a totally different cuisine so I dont compare them. I have had some barely edible things at A.G. too. I enjoy both but now that the China Star Dim Sum in lowell is open, i doubt i will ever venture to Woburn again. Woburn used to be our lazy dimsum when we want to go somewhere quick. Typically no wait, fast and free parking, no tolls, in/out quick. They dont have one of the carts that cooks the taro cake on it like at HLM so its usually pretty soggy. We tend to get mostly steamed dumplings and items off the fried cart in woburn. I have had some horrible dishes at HLM too. (ones that other times are great, much depends on how long it was on the cart).. Give China Star in Lowell a shot, i think you will like it. Also, regardless of what dimsum hours/days any place advertises, i refuse to go anytime other than Sunday in the 11-12 range.. Anything outside that, seems like a huge risk of disappointment.

          1. re: hargau
            StriperGuy May 14, 2013 07:09 AM

            I do agree that AG is totally different cuisine, but it does scratch the dim sum itch.

            Lowell is a bit of a schlep from Concord...

            1. re: StriperGuy
              hargau May 14, 2013 07:14 AM

              30 minutes door to door, no worse than going into boston or to woburn i would think.

              1. re: hargau
                StriperGuy May 14, 2013 08:03 AM

                Hmmmm, might have to give it a whirl. Woburn is barely 20 minutes for us as we are close to 2.

                1. re: StriperGuy
                  hargau May 14, 2013 08:25 AM

                  hehehe so you can get somewhere you dont like in 10 min less... hmmm!

                  While your at it, get yourself to Simply Khmer in Lowell for dinner some night too..

                  1. re: hargau
                    StriperGuy May 14, 2013 09:11 AM

                    Hey I trust your recco. And simply Khmer is awesome!

                    1. re: StriperGuy
                      hargau May 14, 2013 09:17 AM

                      One of our favorites. Love the hot wings.

                      What are your favorites at Asia Gourmet? We typically get Soup Dumplings and a rice cake dish they have, also like their hot&sour. The turnip cakes are ok.. forget what else we have tried .. Have been about a dozen times.. Have had some bummer dishes.. Once got something that was just pork fat on rice!

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                        justbeingpolite May 14, 2013 10:40 AM

                        Bon Chon opens soon in Lowell (I hope). Gotta do a crawl to compare the Simply Khmer hot wings with Bon Chon!!

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                          hargau May 14, 2013 11:31 AM

                          Bon chon doesnt look like its opening soon. I thought their wings were a dry coating? The Simply Khmer ones are a hot/sweet sticky sauce over battered/fried wings.

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                            justbeingpolite May 14, 2013 12:10 PM

                            Haven't had Bon Chon at its other MA locations, that's why I'm looking forward to the comparison. There seems to be very slow progress whenever I swing by, the operative word being "slow". Hope they survive to opening.

                        2. re: hargau
                          StriperGuy May 14, 2013 11:10 AM

                          Gosh I don't even remember the specific dishes as we've only just moved to Concord and eaten there 3 times. All been good though.

        2. itaunas May 13, 2013 06:49 AM

          Its not as close to you, but for weekend dim sum I don't bother with New China Pearl and go to Sun Kong for much more variety and better overall. That said, I do go to New China Pearl for weekday dim sum and pick a couple of simple items from the carts along with something a la carte (s+p squid/shrimp, fried small fish). With a pot of tea its a nice quiet respite from everything nearby. On weekdays the dim sum items can sit a real long time on the carts so can be even more variable, but the ladies with the carts are accomodating and you can sometimes ask for things which are not there to have them prepared fresh.

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