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After the amazing experience we had last week at Hei La Moon, the Divas decided to return once again, this time with my counterpart’s husband, the Dumpling Dude, in tow.
The great thing about having a larger group when you eat Dim Sum is that you can feel entirely validated in trying even more dishes. We ordered many of the same items that we had last week for a couple of reasons: we wanted to make sure the Dumpling Dude got to try some of the really spectacular items and we wanted to eat them again ourselves! In the interest of brevity, the dishes from last time that we ordered were the Fried Shrimp and Chive Dumplings, the Shu Mai (and I cannot say this often enough, hands down the best Shu Mai I have ever eaten,) the Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (Har Gow, again best that I have had anywhere) and the Steamed Pork Spare Ribs. If you missed last week’s missive, you can find descriptions of these dishes here.
We started out with the Rice Noodle Roll with Beef, also called Cheung Foon, which is standard Dim Sum fare and something that, much like the Steamed Pork Bun, I order it quite often, but I really have yet to have a truly remarkable version of it. At Hei La Moon the Rice Noodle Roll was better than average and served with plenty of sauce, which isn’t always the case. That being said, I probably wouldn’t order this again there because there are so many other more amazing choices that I would like to save room for.
The next item we picked was the Ham Sui Gok , which was something I had never had before. It is a deep fried glutinous rice dumpling filled with pork. These were quite delicious—I personally love glutinous rice; there is something about the texture that is very chewy and satisfying. These dumplings were crispy on the outside, with a layer of the sticky glutinous rice and a filling of savory pork.
Now, I must admit that one of the real reasons I had to come back to Hei La Moon was because we had missed out on my favorite treat last time: Pan-Fried Turnip Cake! These were great, and the cart lady kindly cut them up into quarters so we didn’t have to divide them up messily with our chopsticks. I would have liked these better if they had bigger pieces of Chinese Sausage in them along with some green onions, but overall they were excellent only being outshone by the stir fried Turnip Cake with XO Sauce at Winsor Dim Sum Café.
The day’s big surprise dish was the Steamed Chicken Feet! So…Chicken Feet. I might not have been brave enough to order this to be honest, but due to the Dumpling Dude’s insistence that we try it, the Chicken Feet ended up on our table. They were…OK. A bit weird to be honest, mostly bone, skin, and cartilage, coated in a quite tasty, semi-sweet and semi-spicy sauce. To be honest, I thought it was really quite difficult to get any sort of sustenance off the bony little feet and the flavor really wasn’t good enough to validate all of the work that went into eating them. That said, they are considered a delicacy and many tables around us were obviously enjoying them immensely.
Finally, the last dish we tried was the Fun Gor, or the Pork and Shrimp Dumplings with Chives. These were quite good—very similar in consistency to the Har Gow, but despite the addition of pork and chives, the straight up steamed shrimp dumpling somehow had better flavor.
Well, despite the temptation to return to Hei La Moon again next week because the food is so good and there are also so many Dim Sum dishes that we have not tried yet, next week we shall be moving on to a new place to try. See you next week!