Suprisingly good and cheap dim sum that's made-to-order and thus delightfully fresh.
Fried sesame shrimp rolls consist of a juicy shrimp filing wrapped in thin rice sheets and coated with toasty sesame seeds. Excellent. $3.30 for 3.
Skins on the spinach shrimp dumplings, while tender and firm, lack the delicious chewiness that characterize the platonic ideal. Good mix of spinach and chunks of shrimp on the inside. 4 dumplings for $2.75.
Pork and crab shui mai are hearty, with a nice proportion of fatty and lean pork for just that right texture, along with little pieces of crab. Also 4 for $2.75.
Pan seared octopus cake is fresh tasting, with just the right amount of bounce to the texture; it's dotted with sparse bits of waterchestnut for an additional texture contrast. Comes with a light sweet chilli sauce. 4 for $3.30.
None of the formality of a restaurant dim sum experience, but high production values. Worth the trip to Allston.