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Dimsum up/down hill alert!

hargau | Apr 30, 201201:25 AM

I have always been a huge supporter of Hei La Moon for dimsum but i have to say the last 3 times i have gone (All on Sundays around 11) that I have left disappointed. The cart selection i have found to be less than it used to be. The steamed items have been way over steamed with wrappers falling apart and the consistency of paste. Fried items almost non existent and when they do show up they are cold. And the worst offense i think is they have cheapened the ingredients on many items. There is a tofu dish that used to have shrimp on top. It now has some sort of stuff that more resembles rice flour/water with maybe a little fish in it.. The fried shrimp/chive dumplings were almost all chive. The fried shrimp taro dish now uses dry chow mein noodles instead of taro on the outside Etc etc.. We also found a few very rude cart ladies. One who kept putting things we didn't want on our table which we had to keep giving back. A second who stormed off with her cart that she had parked in front of us as we were asking for something. She had apparently got into an argument with a woman who was pushing the next cart, some words were exchanged and off she went... They have added a cart that sells beer, maybe this is their attempt to make you not notice the food quality!?

This prompted us to go back and try China Pearl in Woburn which we had not tried in a long time. We went the last two weeks.. Everyone in our party agreed that they liked it better than HLM! The ingredients were better, not over steamed, hot fried items, great variety. They even have a steam table setup with various items now. No paying to park, paying for tolls and friendlier service. We went at the same time Sunday at 11. There was a small wait there today, the week before we had a reservation since it was a large party.

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