9 Tyler St. (bet. Beach & Kneeland Sts.)
|Large Fried Anchovies|
In honor of Chinese New Year, for the beginning of the year of the dragon --
Happy Chinese New Year!
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
あけまして おめでとう ございます
Felix sit annus novus!
Selamat tahun baru!
새해 복 많이 받으세요
Kung hé fat tsoi!
Sretna nova godina!
|Pork Knuckles in Sweet Soy Sauce|
I think that covers all the languages of people I know and talk to on at least on a semi regular basis....
What better but to eat dim sum to honor the practically ageless tradition of Chinese New Year? China Pearl is a traditional stainless-steel-cart-rolling-around-with-Asian-ladies-who-don't-speak-a-lick-of-English-and-stamp-your-bill-card-after-giving-you-your-delicious-treats restaurant. This restaurant is definitely traditionally a dim sum restaurant.
Outside of dim sum lunch hours, China Pearl does turn into an ordinary menu based Chinese restaurant, but I solely come here for the dim sum, so I cannot comment on how that food is. But if the dim sum is an indication, eating here should a fantastic experience either way.
|The Fried Anchovies were FILLED with roe. DELISH!|
|Haam Sui Gaau|
|Jin Deui, also called Matuan|
Chicken feet, in my mind, are the equivalent to roasted sunflower seeds when it comes to dexterity. So much work for so little reward, yet it is so worth it. Like sunflower seeds, the dexterity is known either in the fingers or the mouth - those people who can put a number of seeds in their mouth and spit out only the shells moments later are much like the people that have the dexterity of tongue to pop in a good section of chicken foot, and spit out cleaned bones moments later, leaving their hands clean and tastegasm underway.
|A cross section of Jin Deui - aka any excuse to take a bite|
The lo mai gai (sticky rice mixed with shredded pork, chicken, and mushrooms wrapped in lotus leaves and steamed) is a delicious filler item. This is one I like grabbing near the end, easily rewrapped, and good warm or cold.
Jin deui (chewy dough filled with red bean paste, covered in sesame seeds, and deep fried) is a fantastic dessert piece. After breaking through a fresh, crispy outer crust, the inside is nice and warm and soft. A tastegasmic ball of joy.
|Chee Cheung Fan in a diluted sweet soy sauce|
I could keep going infinitesimally describing dishes at China Pearl, but like the clanging carts and their respective lady vendors, it would never end. To get more, one would just have to visit yourself, and feed the need.
I can easily say that China Pearl is one of the best Dim Sum restaurants in the New England area, and have on more than one occasion make the one way hour long drive with the visit to China Pearl being the primary reason.