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New Asia, A Childhood Sweetheart Reunited

Porthos | Sep 5, 200409:08 PM

I spent 2 years of my childhood living in Modesto. One of my fondest memories was driving out to SF with my family and having dim sum every weekend. Our family favorite was this amazing restaurant called New Asia. This was all about 14 years ago.

Just the other day, I asked one of my co-workers who had lived in the area for 8 years where his family liked going for dim sum. Imagine my surprise when he said, “New Asia”. Stunned, that this place was still around, I just *had* to go and see if things were still as I remembered them.

When I walked through the doorway, things were still the same on the outside. The place was pretty much unchanged since I was in the 4th grade. There was still a line at 11am and the carts were still piled high with dim sum. As we walked to our table, I glanced eagerly at the other diners (sorry, bad habit I picked up from my mother) to see what treasures they were indulging in. Everything looked good. Unfortunately, there was only 2 of us so I was only able to sample 7 dishes:

Shrimp dumplings (ha gao)- excellent. Fresh shrimp, bamboo, and a very well done chewy wrapping.
Shrimp rolls (ha fun)- the wrapping was perfectly made with the right amount of chewiness.
Crystal Shrimp dumplings- awesome package of cilantro, shrimp, and perfectly chewy skin.
Shrimp and green chive pan fried dumplings- deliciously good. Tied for best item of the day
Tofu skin rolls- not bad, chock full of ground meat. I think I like the versions with enoki mushrooms better
Rice in lotus leaves- good rendition of a standard item. Nothing out of the norm
Seafood dumplings with peas and carrots- least impressive of the lot

Sigh…life was good. New Asia was still serving top notch dim sum after all these years. Who says you can’t go back!

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