It’s a buffet, I’m not a huge fan of chinese buffets in general because I’d rather have quality than quantity. But for only 15$ it was a pretty decent spread of Taiwanese style dimsum and some eats…. Off to Lotus Flower in Framingham it is… sister restaurant to others around such as Lotus Blossom in Sudbury, Water Lily in Wayland and Chang So in Cambridge.
As my mom and I were walking in for our much-needed mother/daughter date, STARVED to death, a father and son came walking out of Five Guys asking if this place was good. hahaha.. I duno, this is my first time.
And YES it’s ACTUALLY next to a Five Guys [and a Boston Market], as soon as we parked and got out of the car, I could smell burgers in the air.. YUMMM.. #craving – almost went in there instead. Buttttt… it was dim sum I wanted..
This ain’t no chinatown or Asia dim sum… we came for the last hour of the “Sunday Brunch” so while they had everything, they weren’t really putting anything new out anymore. So we grabbed EVERYTHING!!… well, that we wanted.
Xiao Long Baos, Shumai 乾蒸燒賣, Taiwanese Panfried Dumplings, Pork Belly Baos, Shrimp Dumplings, Chive Pies, etc…
The Chive pie had good filling but they were not bulging with filling and I think since they were the last batch of the day, the crust was getting a bit soggy in the steamer… the Shrimp Dumplings were good but the skin was a bit too thick for me and they were pan-fried not just thin-skinned and steamed like I’m used to. Taiwan dumplings were good, but they were small and more like gyoza than Taiwanese dumplings…
Peanuts, Eggplant, Scallion Pancakes, Sesame Balls, etc..
I liked the Xiao Long Baos [Soup Dumplings] and Shumai the most so I ended up getting a plate PILED with them.. like 10 each HAHAHA… #fattie. INHALED.
Sao Bin 燒餅 and Fried Dough 油條
Obviously dipped in and eaten with soy milk 豆漿… something about Chinese soy milk that is SOOO different from american soy milk. SO SO GOOD.
The soy milk wasn’t too sweetened and tasted fresh…. definitely helped cut through the greasy fried dough – it’s not the best 油條 I’ve had but it’s pretty good.. just wish they were big rods of them, instead of cut up smaller pieces….
大䁑麵綫 Large Pig Intestine with Noodle Threads… SOOO GOOD… great spices and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro. YUM.
You have to ask for this on the side, and it comes with the buffet… as many bowls as you want. But you have to ASK for it, along with congee, and sometimes tofu pudding and oyster pancakes – which aren’t always available. While the flavors were great and the noodles were yummy, there wasn’t enough intestines, I had like 6 pieces of so but my mom had NONE. That’s so disappointing :[ Should be more consistant, need bigger pieces and each bowl needs a good amount.
Sweet Rice Soup/Milk 米浆
This was thick and delicious but a bit too sweet for me. I prefer my mom’s more but she never makes it anymore :[ Here’s a fun recipe I found tho…
Turnip/Daikon Cakes, Pig Ears, Sliced Beef, Szechuan Pickled Cabbage
After this I got another plate of just xiao long baos and shumais :] NOM
Fruits, more Sesame Balls, Cake and some Ribs & Tofu
The ribs were a bit too sweet…. but I love me some balls :D A bit sweet but nice mochi outside, fried and red bean paste in the middle, NOM!
Cake, Melon, Mangoes
Hope is the best stimulant of life.
Hope drives me, inspires me and pushes me in the right direction.
So does my new bag of Easter candy….