Thank you to the adventurous souls who came out to Mai Village on a (rare for mid-December) warm and sunny Saturday morning for dim sum. It's always a delight to share a meal with people who really care about the quality of the food they eat and are curious enough to try new things.
There were sixteen of us (including one charming chowpuppy), six of whom were also in attendence at the Jun Bo chowdown a couple of months ago (and maybe can provide some direct comparisons between that experience and today's.)
Because of the size of our group today, they split us into two tables; therefore, I can only list what we ordered at our table. If I miss anything we ordered or if folks who sat at "the other table" tried something we didn't, please chime in.
Stuffed mushrooms with shrimp
Steamed bean curd
Sticky rice (Lotus leaf rice)
Sesame seed balls w/black bean filling
Rice noodle rolls (beef)
Rice noodle rolls (shrimp)
Har gao (steamed shrimp dumpling)
Siu Mai (steamed pork dumplings)
Steamed pork buns
Fried shrimp ball
Stuffed crab claw (fried)
Pan fried radish cake
Taro balls w/shrimp
Black bean pudding
AND: one dish that I swear he called "fishkin tofu" I'm sorry, I don't know the actual name of it, but whatever it was, it was good. Maybe someone can correct me?
At our table, the total came to about $18/person, including tip, which is astonishingly affordable.
Everyone, please jump in with your impressions? What did you like best? What disappointed you? Comparisons to Jun Bo (or other dim sum you've tried?)
Thanks again, everyone. Now, I'm going to go play in the sunshine. :)
Mai Village Restaurant
394 University Avenue - St. Paul, MN
Phone: (651) 290-2585
Mai Village Chowdown announcement: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348223
Jun Bo Chowdown report (for comparison):