I went with three friends to Hei La Moon this morning and had very nice dim sum. I think I have a new favorite in Boston. We got there at 10:30 and were told the wait would be 10 minutes. It ended up being only 6 minutes. The room is very nice, we got a big round table for the 4 of us, service was very friendly. We ordered 12 items and our total bill was 35 dollars, which seemed quite inexpensive to me! I found myselfy comparing Hei La Moon to Chau Chow City, where I usually go for dim sum. I was impressed with the variety: I saw several items that I don't usually see at CCC (rice noodles with chives, rice noodles with crueller, wonton soup, lobster shumai) and I didn't really miss CCC at all. Can I remember everything we ordered? Let's see (I apologize for not knowing what some items are called):
1) Rice noodles with beef: Noodles were thinner and less white than at CCC, sweet soy sauce was sweeter, they tasted fresher than they often do at CCC. Probably they were since it was 10:30.
2) Rice noodles with shrimp: Same
3) Sticky Rice: Two generous portions of sticky rice wrapped in leaves. I don't usually order this dish at dim sum, but I enjoyed it. Lots of pieces of pork and sausage inside the rice.
4) Fried Scallion/Shrimp things (the circular ones): Very tasty, not much difference from the ones at CCC.
5) Fried egg rolls: Nothing special but good.
6) Dumpling with pork and shrimp: This dumpling had the same wrapper as shumai, same filling too. Very fresh.
7) Dumpling with pork, water chestnut, peanut: Very fresh, flavorful filling. I was impressed with the dumplings at Hei La Moon!
8) Har Gau: Noticeably better than the har gau at CCC. Large, perfectly cooked shrimp inside a fresh tasting wrapper. Not oversteamed as they sometimes are at CCC. Nice white pepper flavor to the shrimp.
9) Stuffed tofu: Another generous portion (4 large pieces I think) stuffed with shrimp. Good, but no better than CCC.
10) Wonton Soup. I didn't try this since my friend ordered it, but he said it was very good. I believe him.
11) Sesame ball with red bean: Nice
12) Dofu Fa: I got one order or dofu fa (sorry about the spelling). Serving was generous, and they served the syrup in a small bowl on the side (without me asking) which allowed me to separate the tofu into two bowls (to share with my friends) and we added our own syrup. This was great because I like mine a bit less sweet than they make it at CCC. A good end to the meal.
We were not asked what kind of tea we wanted, but I think we could have requested it. We were served jasmine tea. Things that looked good that I'd like to try there (please comment if you have!): fried calamari (it looked verrrrry good, sadly didn't come out till we were already leaving, lots of small pieces, looked more like italian style fried calamari), congee, turnip cakes, steamed pork buns, beef spare ribs, beef meatballs, large plates of chow fun with black bean sauce (ordered from menu, but I saw them on a few tables).
I hope this place continues to be good, for now at least it is definitely a bit brighter, cleaner and fresher than Chau Chow City. I'll be back.
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