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January 14: Dim sum, delivered
Dimsum from Ming Seafood
19 Pleasant Street, Malden
There are few communal restaurants as fun as dim sum, sharing countless small plates – rolls, dumplings, noodles, etc. – with friends. Like many people, I don’t really spend time in large groups and indoor restaurants at the moment, but of course I miss that feeling. Getting dim sum delivered is not enough the same – ok, nothing to do with going out for dim sum – but it was a nice way to spend a weekend morning, something a little different from our usual breakfasts and brunches home, and it made me dream of the day when I can order that spread again but in person.
Since moving to the adjacent Malden part of Medford last year, I’ve slowly cycled through several amazing dining options in Malden, and several dim sum restaurants have been recommended to me, especially Ming’s Seafood (which has a location in Quincy) and Sun Kong. This time we went with Ming’s Seafood; some photos had caught my eye on Instagram recently, and I was eager to try it out.
We bet everything on the crispiness and/or the prawns: steamed prawn dumplings in jet black squid papers, decorated with a little gold (photogenic, if that’s your thing, but also delicious ); crispy shrimp in red rice rolls; and Crispy Shrimp Rolls with Celery. The salted egg yolk buns, turnip cake and durian pie were also hits, and our one year old couldn’t get enough of the fish balls. (If you’re curious about durian but worried about its pungent smell, try durian pie; it’s an accessible dish for durian beginners, a puff pastry stuffed with a slightly sweet, almost melon-like filling and l smell is not nearly as strong as that of fresh durian.)
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