Monday, March 21, 2005

a new place for dimsum

husband heard about the change of management at an old established restaurant in the tiny Chinatown of Boston, through the Chinese restaurant grapevine at his office.
we wanted a quieter place--our old favorite was turning quite raucous and i was getting pretty alarmed at the safety issues (you know, a mommy's paranoia about fire exits and crowd control)--so we were delighted at the rediscovery of "New Shanghai" at Hudson street right on the edge of Chinatown. it is small and manageable. and quiet.
dimsum was fresh and hot, though because we arrived pretty late the carts must have been parked away in preparation for dinner. they let us order off the menu so husband ticked off the usual and the classic: hargaw (shrimp dumplings), pork and shrimp sio mai, spinach dumplings (both steamed and deep fried), steamed pork ribs in black bean sauce...all beyond good and above standard! the kids really enjoyed their lunch and mom and dad happily watched them as they ate...(#2 son wanted to lick his plate as he waited for the next delivery!)
we ordered an 8 delights fried noodle and it was perfectly crispy but without the greasiness, the pork, chicken, shrimp, scallops, squid, dried squid, roast pork, and vegetables generously endowed on the topping with a lightly flavored sauce. (husband has been trying to make this at home and he concedes this is very well made.)

8 delights

then we decided to try a szechuan dish of scallops in garlic sauce...though the scallops were a wee bit off, the sauce was spicy and dark and great with hot rice. i think we'll try this with shrimp next time.