Mei Sum Dim Sum
After last night's dining adventure, I thought I would take another chance today. I was in the mood for dim sum and this place was recommended by friends. So I thought why not...and off I went to Mei Sum.
It was raining and I almost gave up since there was no parking to be found. But after 5 minutes of searching, I did find a spot and proceeded inside.
Judging by the crowd, I was anticipating some really good dim sum. Little did I know that I would be in for a disappointment. As the carts came around...
...I made my selections. There are normally 3 dishes which I consider to be "standards" for any good dim sum restaurant (these for me are must eats). If these dishes are made badly, then I would be reluctant to recommend the establishment to anyone. The first dish is the steamed char siu bao. I selected what's listed on the menu as barbecue pork manapua (US$2.35).
Now you may be wondering why the locals call it manapua...this is generally agreed to be a local term derived from the Hawaiian words mea 'ono pua'a, or delicious pork thing. This manapua was filled with fatty pork that was not very tasty. In fact, it was a bit dry. The bun, though, was very light and fluffy, which is just how I like it.
The second dish that I ordered was the chicken feet (US$2.35).
The chicken feet seemed to be a little over-cooked. The sauce itself was a little spicy, but otherwise flavorless and the skin was very dry and tough.
The third dish that I ordered was pei tan chok (preserved egg with shredded pork rice soup, US$4.95).
The soup was actually just OK. There was a lot of shredded pork and a lot of pieces of preserved egg. I liked the fact that the preserved egg was very well cooked. The only problem with this dish was that I had to add some soy sauce to it. There was very little actual flavor to the soup.
After these 3, I decided to try a few more dishes. The steamed bean curd roll (US$1.95).
This dish was actually quite good. There was a generous amount of filling and the sauce was just right.
I also had the barbecue pork pastry (US$2.35).
This one was baked and topped with sesame seeds. The pastry was very nice and flakey with just the right amount of barbecue pork. This is something that I would definitely order again!
I also had the deep-fried shrimp gow (US$2.35).
This dish was just OK. The "skin" was actually a bit thicker than I would like. However, this one was stuffed with what seemed like two pieces of shrimp! The shrimp was actually very fresh and plump.
Judging by the taste of all the dishes as a whole, I may possibly decide to return and try other dishes. Just knowing that I would need to get my fill of my "favorites" beforehand.
Mei Sum Dim Sum
65 North Pauahi Street Suite A