Dim sum :: Sun Kong

December 31, 2017

Oh wow - it is almost the end of 2017! We enjoyed a pretty good New Year Eve's brunch at Sun Kong in Malden today. I was excitedly planning this as a first visit and only realized I've already been here many years ago when I stepped into the restaurant.
There was a long messy 'queue' by the entrance when we arrived at noon and there was barely any spot to wait in line. In fact, we had to keep changing our waiting spots for either dim sum carts or customers to pass through. At times, we were forced to stand by a customer's table - it was uncomfortable but I was able to get a 'bird's-eye view' of what everyone else was eating 🙂
Fortunately, the entire waiting episode only lasted for 5 minutes before we were being called to be seated. There were many customers who had arrived before us and were still waiting so we were a bit puzzled why we were seated so quickly. Nevertheless, it was nice to get off the congested area and get down to ordering!
Sun Kong serves old-school, push cart-style dim sum. I prefer this over check sheets-style dim sum as it's always good to be able to see the food before placing the order.
It took a few push cart rounds for us to gather our favorite items. We settled with a portion of each of the following : Siu Mai (shrimp and pork dumpling with fish roe toppings), steamed Fong Djau (Chicken's feet), Chiu Chow Dumpling, Lohr Bahk Go (Pan fried Chinese turnip cake), Gohk Char Siu Bao (Roast pork bun), Har Cheung (Shrimp noodle rolls) and Fried fish and shrimp dumpling.
All the items came piping hot, fresh and very tasty! My favorite was the Chiu Chow dumpling which came with generous fillings of chopped peanuts, garlic chives, pork and shrimp. It was very satisfying to bite through the soft dumpling skin and savor the crunchy fillings with it. We also especially enjoyed the chili oil dipping sauce, which I think added the perfect spice to our dumplings and noodle rolls!
Our dim sum endeavors usually do not go beyond 5 items but the food was so good that we managed to finish all 7 plates between us today. It's a pity I was feeling too full and did not get to try the Liu Sa Bao (Salted egg yolk custard buns) today - maybe next time!

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