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Forbidden Garden in Clearwater--dim sum report

Coyote | Jan 15, 200312:36 PM

Having chowed on dim sum in Chinatowns in LA, SF, Chicago, NY and Boston, and craving a fix, decided to try Forbidden Garden on US 19 in Clearwater. Wasn't expecting a Hong Kong style dim sum palace with rolling carts; have found by the piece dim sum that is quite acceptable in smaller cities in the past. BBQ pork buns were pretty good, light with a flavorful filling, and the shrimp rolls were light on grease and crisp. The pot stickers were pretty limp and chewy, and the shrimp dumplings were filled with an odd pasty mixture of chopped shrimp. The wide rice noodles with shrimp had a most peculiar flavor--reminding me of the part medicinal part wet hay smell one encounters from time to time in Chinese grocery stores. The worst was the shu mai--rock hard, gristly balls of pork that were truly inedible. What a disappointment. Also sorry to note there were no egg custard tarts available. Made do with strongly lemon flavored fortune cookies. Looks like I'll be making the trip across the causeway to TC Choys, unless anyone has a better idea for dim sum on my side of the bay?

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