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Weekday Dim Sum in Metrowest. Is it Possible?

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Velda Mae Nov 5, 2013 10:11 AM

I know where to go for dim sum in Chinatown and even where to find it in the suburbs on weekends, but is there a place in Metrowest that offers it during the week? My dad lives in Newton and could probably make it to Allston-Brighton, but a suburban option would be easier. A place like Winsor that makes them to order would be fine, they don't need the cart experience.

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  1. trufflehound Nov 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ten Ichi offers a dim sum menu and I believe they may serve weekedays. Give them a shout.
    http://tenichidkb.com/index.php?link=...

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      gourmaniac Nov 5, 2013 10:37 AM

      for northern dim sum, there is that place on California street in Newton. It fills up early though.

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        Allstonian Nov 5, 2013 10:47 AM

        That's Chun Shing Yuan. Don't they only have dim sum on weekends?

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          Crazy Egg Nov 5, 2013 12:43 PM

          If it is Chung Shing Yuan, it is only weekends.

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            peregrine Nov 6, 2013 10:18 AM

            Right you are.

            I happened to be in that neighborhood and stopped there for lunch today (Wednesday), and it was standard boring lunch specials. I was hungry, so I ate.

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              Crazy Egg Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AM

              What did you have? My family sometimes will go there for dinner, but we do not venture too far afield from our usual, like their family style bean curd. Their dim sum is superior to their regular menu for sure.

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                peregrine Nov 6, 2013 12:30 PM

                Scallops & broccoli, with white rice - came with hot & sour soup, which was the only actual taste in the meal and actually pretty good. I wanted fish or seafood and the only other choice was fried something-or-other.

                They didn't have, or I couldn't find, any big bowls of noodle soups, etc., which I would have preferred.

      2. justbeingpolite Nov 5, 2013 12:04 PM

        Is China Pearl in Woburn or Quincy in range for you?

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          StriperGuy Nov 5, 2013 01:20 PM

          I was REALLY underwhelmed with China Pearl Woburn.

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            justbeingpolite Nov 5, 2013 01:26 PM

            How many visits, SG? I've had some hit and miss, but overall good luck.

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              StriperGuy Nov 5, 2013 01:37 PM

              In all fairness, just one, but everything was just so gluey, stale tasting, cold... really hard to consider even trying it again.

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                hargau Nov 5, 2013 02:47 PM

                China Pearl Woburn at leak time on a sunday can be decent, not great. I wouldnt have high hopes on a weekday, never been, wouldnt try. Our current #1 pick for dimsum even over boston is China Star in Lowell and they do it daily. Not sure how it is on a weekday as we only go on Sunday 11-12

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                  justbeingpolite Nov 6, 2013 06:28 AM

                  Good choice, usually pretty busy and good weekdays. Not sure if it's in range for the OP, though

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                    trufflehound Nov 6, 2013 02:14 PM

                    Is China Star menu or carts?

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                      hargau Nov 6, 2013 02:35 PM

                      I have only been on Sundays but it is carts then. But they also do have a picture menu and if there is something you dont see coming around, you can ask for it. I have never done this though.

                      Also they have a small walk up station Similar to some of the Boston places where you can get various noodles, clams, snails, etc..

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                        bakerboyz Nov 6, 2013 02:46 PM

                        They have carts 7 days a week as well as the picture menus.

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                          hargau Nov 6, 2013 03:05 PM

                          Do you know if they always have all the things on the picture menu? There are some things on that menu that i have never seen on a cart there and i have been at least a dozen times so far. For instance some of the cakes they show. Also there is a sticky rice roll and a taro cake that i have never seen

                          I also noticed "duck chins" on that menu although have not seen them nor do i think i want them!?

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                            bakerboyz Nov 7, 2013 05:52 AM

                            I am not sure if they always have everything as they must have about 40-50 items on the pictured menu. I ordered about 8 things on Monday and they had everything I wanted but, admittedly, I only ordered the usual dim sum items. I am not sure that I am describing them correctly but the steamed pork,shrimp and chive dumplings rocked!!

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                              hargau Nov 7, 2013 06:07 AM

                              Is that the flat puck one that is lightly panfried? We like that one. We also like the triangle deep fried one with the same mix in it.

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                                bakerboyz Nov 7, 2013 06:19 AM

                                They didn't look pan-fried; they looked like a steamed, flat, thin Peking ravioli, they did appear steamed but I could be wrong.

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                                  hargau Nov 7, 2013 07:40 AM

                                  The ones i am thinking of are usually slightly pan fried like peking ravioli are. Such as the upper left in this random photo i just googled. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmliu/98...

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                                    hotoynoodle Nov 7, 2013 08:47 AM

                                    we have ordered stuff off the picture menu and they have been very accommodating each time, even with a very difficult language barrier.

                                    we were just there this past saturday and everything was terrific! 5 of us plowed through 15-16 plates!

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                                      bakerboyz Nov 7, 2013 09:18 AM

                                      No they looked more like the ones in the bottom row middle.

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                                        hargau Nov 7, 2013 10:05 AM

                                        yea those type are good too! They basically make 3 things with that filling. Those are 2 of them. The 3rd which is my favorite is this: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/25...

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                                          bakerboyz Nov 8, 2013 10:12 AM

                                          Perhaps, we should think about a weekend dim sum sojourn to Lowell if enough chowhounds are interested???

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                                            greygarious Nov 8, 2013 11:57 AM

                                            That's a good idea but these things don't happen unless someone takes it on themselves to organize it. Recently there was a lot of exchange about Simply Khmer, also in Lowell. I suggested a chowdown if someone familiar with the place was willing to step up, but there was no response.
                                            I think it's better if the person dealing with management is a regular customer (I planned the one at Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, someplace I'd been to several times and where they knew my face if not my name.)

                                            BTW, sojourn means a brief stay, not a trip. You sojourn at, not to.

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                                              hargau Nov 8, 2013 02:22 PM

                                              I plan my own almost every other sunday. This week i have 10-12 in my group! Couple weeks ago i brought 15 to SK!

              2. StriperGuy Nov 5, 2013 01:21 PM

                Shangri-La Belmont does great Taiwan Style Dim Sum, no carts and a slightly different menu then say Cantonese / Hong King style.

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                  Allstonian Nov 5, 2013 01:22 PM

                  Again, weekends only, no?

                2. sheila Nov 6, 2013 07:33 AM

                  We could make it in 30 minutes from Newton to China Star in Lowell. A bit more expensive but the food is on par with Chinatown's IMO.

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                    bakerboyz Nov 6, 2013 10:36 AM

                    I picked up to go the other day: shu mai, har gau, sticky rice, ribs in black bean sauce, steamed pork buns, pork and chive dumplings and beef meatballs and everything was delicious. My favorite was the steamed pork and chive dumplings. I also have ordered off there dinner menu and house special fried rice and mayonnaise shrimp were stand outs. From Needham it takes me 35 minutes.

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                      bakerboyz Nov 6, 2013 01:27 PM

                      Just to be clear this was at China Star Dim Sum and Seafood on Middlesex Street in Lowell

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                    jodydavis Nov 6, 2013 06:22 PM

                    There's always the dim sum stall in the Super88 food court in Allston. Not a lot of ambiance, but definitely serves mid-week. Plus you can get a nice bubble tea while you are at it.

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                      Jenny Ondioline Nov 8, 2013 11:20 AM

                      Doesn't count as metrowest, though, and as much as I love the HKM food court, I've never had anything more than "just okay" from the dim sum stall.

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                        StriperGuy Nov 8, 2013 11:27 AM

                        Yah I'm not a fan.

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                          hargau Nov 8, 2013 11:47 PM

                          not a fan of the food court place either.

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                          KWagle Nov 8, 2013 10:54 PM

                          I think it's Dim Sum Chef in the S88 food court, and I find it passable. It's nice they serve later in the day.

                          Des China Star in Lowell serve from the picture menu later in the day?

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                            bakerboyz Nov 9, 2013 05:04 AM

                            I am pretty sure that dim sum whether on carts or picture menu, ends at 3 pm.

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                              hotoynoodle Nov 9, 2013 06:59 AM

                              dim sum is 9-3 @ china star.

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                            jodydavis Nov 9, 2013 07:57 AM

                            The OP said that they were willing to go to Allston, so I figured I'd mention it. I agree, though, that's it's not all that great.

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                              Jenny Ondioline Nov 9, 2013 12:48 PM

                              I know, my point was more that it would be a shame to send them all the way there for a place that's generally considered "acceptable" at best. Heck, I live three blocks from HKM, eat in the food court at least once a week and get something from the dim sum stall maybe once a year or so, when a desperate need for cha shu bao arises and I don't have time to go all the way to Chinatown.

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