October 2, 2010

Ordering half the menu...again

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We have visitors in town this weekend, and the Hoovers Dysons (an upgrade thanks to the visitors) and I decided to take them out for a nice dim sum lunch.  None of us had been back to Fook Lam Moon (福臨門) for dim sum for a while, and despite the apparent recent decline in standards for dinner, we wondered if we'd suffer the same fate during lunch.

I arrived a little late to find that Mrs. Dyson has already placed an order.  As is typical here and at most Chinese establishments, all the dishes arrived in a flurry regardless of whether they are savory or sweet...

Steamed prawn dumplings with bamboo shoots (har gau, 筍尖鮮蝦餃)

Deep fried prawn spring rolls (雞絲蝦春卷)

Steamed pork dumplings with crab eggs (siu mai, 蟹皇蒸燒賣)

Steamed prawn dumplings (鮮蝦蒸粉粿)

Steamed beef balls (菜膽牛肉球) - I am not a fan of this item, so left it to Mr. Dyson to polish it off...

Puff pastry with honey roast pork (蜜汁叉燒酥) - pretty decent, although not quite the best in town.

Steamed honey roast pork buns (char siu bao, 蠔皇叉燒包) - didn't get to have one of these... boo hoo...

Deep-fried taro and chicken pockets (雞粒荔芋角) - I could never resist the deep-fried flaky taro... the diced filling was nice.

Steamed spare ribs in black bean sauce (豉汁蒸排骨) - don't you just looove how the bits of meat glistens with that coating of fat?  I do.

Steamed rice rolls with fresh shrimps (鮮蝦爽滑腸粉) - unfortunately this was devoured by our visitors... so didn't get a taste.

Steamed traditional brown sugar sponge cake (杬仁馬粒糕) - I believe at least half of this went to the 3 year-old Miss Dyson...

Pan-fried water chestnut cakes (香煎馬蹄糕) - can't resist caramelized sugar...and crunchy water chestnuts.

Of course we needed a second round...

Pan fried cured meat and radish cake (香煎蘿蔔糕)

Stewed honeycomb tripe (柱候金錢肚) - cut into long strips.  Just the right level of chewiness.  Very nice.

Steamed manyplies beef tripe (薑蔥牛百葉) - my preferred tripe.  Very yummy.

Crispy pork belly (脆皮燒腩仔) - I can't believe I only got to have one piece of this... out of a plate of 18!  Where did the rest of it go?!  Yes, Mrs. Dyson... I'm looking at you!

Steamed Chiuchow dumplings (潮洲蒸粉粿) - one of my favorite dim sum items... the skin here was surprisingly thick, but the filling was soooo yummy... with crunchy peanuts and water chestnuts among the minced pork and chives.

Tofu skin rolls in soup (上湯鮮竹卷) - bamboo shoots wrapped in tofu skin.  Yum.

Time for more desserts... I took a bowl of almond cream with egg white (蛋白杏仁茶), which was pretty enjoyable.  Our visitors wanted some baked mini egg tarts (酥皮蛋撻仔), and I have no recollection where those steamed buns with lotus paste and salty egg yolk (蛋黃蓮蓉包) disappeared to...  They certainly did not pass through those lips of mine...

Dim sum here has always been good, and I couldn't find much to complain about today!

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