|Mmmm good. Steamed dumplings are a staple of the dim sum experience.|
Chau Chow City: Indeed, this is the “staple” for “those on a tender budget,” whether you dine in Boston (daily, 8:30 AM-3 PM; 83 Essex St.; 617-338-8158) or in the bustling Dorchester location (daily, 9 AM-3 PM; 699 Morrissey Blvd.; 617-288-8188). It’s a steal
China Pearl: Forget the “bad banquet decor” at the ever-popular Chinatown hot spot; just focus on the food and you’ll be back (daily, 8:30 AM-3 PM; 9 Tyler St.; 617-426-4338).
Hei La Moon: You’ll fill your need for instant gratification by the “constant parade of carts with tasty morsels” at this Chinatown hot spot - just don’t let the mini steamer baskets pass you by (8 AM-3:30 PM cart service; thereafter, you can order dim sum items off the menu; 88 Beach St.; 617-338-8813).
Jumbo Seafood: Be mesmerized by the “excellent” dim sum at this Newton staple, where you can choose from up to 40 items to fill the bill, which is fortunately moderately priced (Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 AM-3 PM; 10 Langley Rd., Newton; 617-332-3600).
Myers & Chang: Give up the carts and the guessing game and hit this “innovative” and “hip” South End Asian diner where Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery + Cafe) and Christopher Myers have established the English version (only on the menu) with some real gems, such as Mama Chang’s pork dumplings (Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM; 1145 Washington St.; 617-542-5200).