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Marco Polo dim sum slipped HUGELY


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Marco Polo dim sum slipped HUGELY

saticoy | Jan 15, 2007 10:47 PM

I was there on Sunday. Their selections were limited, and nothing was more than tepid in temperature. They were not slammed, as they usually are, so people came around with almost ridiculous frequency, but I'm assuming they circulated with the same stuff for a ridiculous amount of time.

One of the servers asked if there was anything special we wanted - I requested siu mye, and was a little excited that it would be coming straight from the kitchen. When it came, it was barely warm, and it just wasn't that good. The noodle wrapper was flabby and tasteless, the meat was bland, and they were 1/2 the size of the ones I had last time at Marco Polo. Not that size is everything, but it might be an indication of some corner cutting.

The baked char siu buns were fine... flaky pastry, decent meat, but cold cold cold! The roasted duck had some decent hunks of meaty meat, but the skin wasn't crisp and most of the mound of pieces were bone and fat. We got something I have never gotten before - "sausage bun." Despite its resemblance to a crescent roll pig-in-a-blanket, I went for it because I love chinese sausage. Well, this was a bland, almost sweet yeast-raised bun wrapper around a plain old hot dog. Wow. Even the congee, which I love, was lacking in flavor, and severely lacking in pieces of preserved egg.

One dumpling, I think it was called "pork and leek" was great - nice noodle wrapper, loosely packed yet cohesive filling, the leek gave a great light herby/oniony counterpart to some downright juicy meat..very nice.

After a fairly sublime experience at T&S last month (for weekday lunch - not fair to compare cart and tray dim sum with cooked to order) this was a major flop. Ok, it was the first big flop since I started going there, but it was rough.

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