45 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Bubor Cha Cha is a Cantonese restaurant that is more noticeable than its neighbors due to the ornate awning outside the building. The restaurant sign says “Burbor Cha Cha Seafood Restaurant” and it heavily advertises seafood specials in the window, but upon entry, we discovered that they had a very extensive dim sum menu. And when offered dim sum, 9 times out of 10 the divas will choose dim sum.
The dim sum menu design is actually very clever and informational—it is a double-sided laminated sheet with PICTURES and you can choose your dim sum by checking off the boxes next to your choices. This was great because we could try some completely new types of dim sum and still have a sense of what should be arriving.
The Turnip Cake arrived first and was excellent. It had a lot of Chinese sausage in it, was hot and crispy, and had excellent texture. The sauce was a little cloyingly sweet for my taste, but otherwise I would say these are some of the best that we have had.
The shrimp dumplings (Har Gow) here were exceptional – right on a par with the version we had at Hei La Moon.
The next dish to arrive was the Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns. These were gorgeous to look at—perfect white globes with a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top. And not only were they beautiful to look at, they were delicious too. When you broke open the dumpling the bright yellow egg custard poured out; it was a delicious combination of salty and sweet. I have been known to enjoy the baked egg custard buns, but this was my first time having the steamed version and I will definitely order them again.
The Tofu Skin with Pork is another dish that has not been featured yet on the blog and honestly I couldn’t remember if I had ever even had it. But I had had it years ago as a mystery item chosen at random from a cart. I remember liking it but not really knowing what I was eating. It is made of pork and some vegetables wrapped in a crispy but somehow juicy tofu skin. These were obviously made fresh and were served piping hot, and I will be looking for these in the future.
The final dish we tried was the Stuffed Stir Fried Eggplant. This was something we were really looking forward to—the picture was interesting and the real thing did not disappoint visually. Unfortunately, despite its impressive appearance, the dish was not only very bland but actually quite difficult to eat since the pieces were large and awkward. I think the eggplant was stuffed with shrimp and some kind of rice flour dough which really did not have much flavor.
To break it down we ordered: Turnip Cakes, Stuffed Stir Fried Eggplant, Shrimp Dumplings, Tofu Skin with Pork, and Molten Salted Egg Custard Buns. The grand total? $20.81. No Joke! This was one of the most incredible bargains and while not everything was perfection, overall it was very, very good. I would also like to let you know that they have a select set lunch menu which comes with soup, spring roll, entrée and rice for $7.50 which is also a magnificent bargain, but I must return and try the Dungeness Crab with sticky rice!