New place just opened up about 10 days ago at 915 Arch Street called, Good Taste Chinese Cuisine. Its Hong Kong style with dim sum and banquet items. Was going to hit Szechuan Tasty place but saw the telltale flags of a new restaurant so decided to scope it out. Ate and spent much more than I had intended and may now take a little nap at my desk.
Menu looked very promising but the dim sum seemed like a better way to sample as much of the fare as possible. Started with the oyster dumplings and the shrimp dumplings; oyster dumplings were nice & earthy, lots of good pieces of woodsy mushroom, nicely complemented by my soy sauce. Shrimp dumplings might take some getting used to for some as they combine fresh shrimp and dried shrimp, the dried shrimp can be chewy so those w/texture issues might not dig these. Also peas and bits of roast pork in the shrimp dumplings. Both kinds of dumplings were good but Id probably try something else next time.
Tried the crispy seafood roll ($2.50) and it was mighty tasty. A very, very good batter crispy and delicate at once, stuffed with shrimp, shredded scallops (and/or abalone), some carrot and cabbage. Batter was so thin and tasty (though, admittedly, oily) it could have been eaten on its own.
Then, hallelujah of hallelujahs if they didnt have the best little egg custard balls Ive ever had (including ones I had at Chinese breakfasts in Southeast Asia). I dont seem to have my Pocket Dim Sum Guide here at work so I cant give you a better transliteration (yes, I own something called The Pocket Dim Sum Guide, Im completely crackers). Theyre the smooth, white little doughy balls filled with an egg custard-y goodness that reaches French levels of eggy/sugary decadence. These were really fresh and warm all the way to the gooey, creamy, inside. On the dim sum menu (posted outside, and I believe somewhere in the menu as well) theyre DS 25 (oh sweet DS 25, oh how I covet thee DS 25 .). I really have a hard time finding these as they dont lend themselves to Chinese bakeries and usually when you see this kind of dumpling/ball-things at dim sum theyre filled with red bean paste or lotus seed paste, and not nearly often enough with the egg custard. Not only did theirs have the egg custard, but a very generous glob of it. Mmmmm ..globs ..
So Ill be back for the crispy seafood roll and the egg custard things (will update w/proper name when I get home and to my guidebook). Dumplings ok too though certainly not showstoppers. Regarding things I didnt try, dim sum carts had usual sorts of goodies. They also do the tapioca drinks, I dont recall if they had a bar.