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Dim sum at New Concept

sc | Feb 9, 200503:34 PM

I just had a dim sum lunch at New Concept today. Luckily we arrived there by 10:45am; it was packed by 11. Okay, here’s is a list of items we got: (ordered from most favorite to least).

1. BBQ pork bun – this is the white, steamed kind. The dough was soft, fluffy, and sweet, and the filling cha-siu in sweet, but savory sauce. I liked this the most.

2. Abalone sticky rice – this is usual sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf. It was filled with bits of pork, mushroom, chinese sausage, and scallops, with small chunk of abalone. It was very tasty and the fillings were not dried, with a slight amount of sauce to it.

3. Shark’s fin dumpling – this is a reproduction of Sea Harbour’s shark’s fin scallop dumpling, except the outer skin was green. The skin was a bit thicker, and the shrimp and scallop were not as fresh tasting. It was slightly smaller, and the taste of Sea Harbor’s is better overall.

4. Shanghai dumpling – same as soup dumpling, but of course those from Mei Long is better. It does have a little soup/sauce in it. I normally wouldn’t order it for dim sum, but they claim to have duck liver in it (only in the Chinese ordering sheet, but not in the English translation). However, I couldn’t taste any duck liver at all and was a bit disappointed by that. I did like it because it was still pretty good. It was hard to pick up without breaking the skin because the dumplings sticked together. It was served with a side of red vinegar with no ginger.

5. Shrimp rice noodle – same as other dim sum place, except there’s a piece of green bean in it. It doesn’t really add any taste. The skin was also kind of thick, and the shrimp was a bit hard. It was okay.

6. Lavender leaf flavored rice cake – no lavender taste at all. It’s just red-bean pudding cake. It was good, but nothing special.

7. Sweet green tea flavored dumpling – another reproduction of Sea Harbour’s.. bitter melon rice ball with sesame filling. Similarly, there's no green tea taste. It was chewy, but not really crispy outside. The filling was regular black sesame. It wasn't very good. (It was nothing compared to Sea Harbour's. I really like how the outside texture there is light and crispy, and the filling seemed to be mixed with coconut or something like that -- it’s lighter so that it flows out).

Compared to Sea harbour, they had more variety. It is a bit cheaper, and they have more “small” items to pick from. The price ranges from cheapest item at 1.98 to most expensive at 5.98. It seemed like they are trying to compete with sea harbour, having some similar items and same type of service. I still like sea harbour better for overall food and service. I thought the dim sum here were either hit or miss. Since this is only my first time here, I can’t really say yet. Unfortunately, we only had two people. We ordered seven items, and we were just sampling one piece each; we still walked out stuffed.

Overall, I thought it was good, but really special. I will return to try other items.

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