Ha gau, siu maai, cha siu bau, lo bak go and cheong fun are a few of my favorites. For those of you who don't speak Cantonese, myself included, I'm talking about steamed shrimp dumplings, small steamed pork dumplings, sweet buns with bbq pork and onions, daikon radish cakes, and rice noodle rolls filled with beef or shrimp.
Earlier this year while I was working at a client in downtown Boston, I'm an IT consultant, I would eat dim sum for lunch at least once a week, and always at Chau Chow City on Essex Street. Now that I'm working at a client in the suburbs, my dim sum dining is more like once every few months, and usually at China Pearl on Tyler Street. Today was one of those days.
The Chinatown in Boston is tiny by comparison to the Chinatowns in New York City and San Francisco. It's only a few blocks wide but teems with activity every day of the year. The two largest dim sum restaurants are the two that I eat at, China Pearl and Chau Chow City.
In addition to my favorite morsels, more adventurous diners can enjoy chicken feet, also called Phoenix Talons, and beef tripe. The chicken feet are deep fried, boiled, marinated and then steamed and tripe is the lining of a cow's stomach.