We went back to Hel La Moon Restaurant for another celebratory dim sum and lunch. The restaurant is located outside the Chinatown Gate at the base of the parking garage and near C-Mart, supermarket. Our parents love to kill two birds with one stone. The enjoy dim sum and then some Asian grocery shopping.
Hei La Moon validates $6, half of the $12 parking lot cost. The lot itself is windy and has really tight spaces, but is convenient.
Hei La Moon has red lanterns, lucky Asian cat and Chinese gold dragons.
Hei La Moon is perfect for family style dining and large groups. The dining room is very large and has the space for dim sum carts to manuvuer between the tables.
Our first two dim sum dishes were shrimp filled, one wrapped in tofu skin with a worcestershire sauce and the other deep fried in noodles. Next time, we will remember to omit the worcestershire sauce and ask for soy sauce from our red vested waiters.
Hei La Moon’s cart system can be a bit underwhelming. We think China Pearl is better for faster and more volume of dishes which come through the dining room. Since we sat next to two large families, they would usurp all the best dishes before the carts reached us. Only one order of Shrimp Hargow was available for our entire table because the carts were out. To circumvent the situation, we ordered from our accommodating and empathetic waiter and he brought us out specific dim sum items directly from the kitchen.
One of our favorite dim sum dishes are Ha Cheung Fun or Rice Noodle Roll served with a sweet soy sauce. The rolls are are filled with shrimp and vegetables and a tender rice noodle.
One of our mother’s favorite dishes are Steam Chicken Feet. She mentioned that she orders chicken feet with family and never friends. This dish is definitely not palatable to the dim sum lite diners. The soft, soy flavored chicken skin and tendons are gnawed off the thin chicken feet bones.
From the regular menu, we enjoyed tender beef and kai lan with crispy pan fried noodles ($6.95). The gravy flavored the yellow noodles and the flavor of the bitter Chinese greens was delicious.
The two Chinese style lobsters ($30) were sauteed with scallion and ginger and were very flavorful. The lobster meat was well cooked and we devoured the plate clean.
The take out order of spicy salt calamari was nicely seasoned and had a nice crust.
We were to full for dessert, but Hei La Moon served dofu, gelatin and our favorite Asian pastry, egg custard tarts (BMH’s recipe for Portuguese Egg Tarts).
Our lunch bill came out to $95 for five people, without tip. If we kept with dim sum only, versus order from the menu, the bill would have been $60 for 5 people, very reasonable.
Our father’s go to dim sum restaurant is China Pearl and one of our dim sum favorites is Winsor Dim Sum Cafe. However, after multiple visits, we completely understand why our father is a fan of Hei La Moon. Hei La Moon consistently deliver solid for both dim sum and dinner, especially for large family celebrations and functions.