Lunasia Dim Sum House, 239 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
I don’t know if it’s due to the coronavirus pandemic or not, but what type of dim sum establishment doesn’t offer congee? Lunasia Pasadena didn’t have any on the online menu but they had your other typical baked, fried and steamed dim sum, e.g., har gow, siu mai, dumplings, chicken feet, rice noodles, turnip cakes, egg rolls, egg custard tarts, etc. It looks like $5.25 is the most common price point for their dim sum dishes. They also have BBQ, fried rice, noodles, soups, seafood dishes, etc. Congee is offered at Lunasia Alhambra though.
I placed my order online. It was in a paper bag that had been taped shut. Each dish was in a nice paper box. Napkins, utensils, and sauces were included. Nice packaging!
I didn’t get to eat the items right away, so the texture may have suffered.
Twin sesame ball ($4.25): One order comes with three round fried glutinous rice balls coated in yellow and black sesame seeds and filled with smooth sweet red bean paste (the best filling for sesame balls). The balls weren’t greasy and they were still warm over an hour later. The interior was soft, sweet, and chewy. So good!
Rice noodle with shrimp ($6.25): the noodle sheets were thicker and gummier than I expected, the shrimp was medium in size with two shrimp per rice noodle, these were okay. One order had three rice noodle rolls.
Minced chicken bao ($4.25): Might have been too refined for me but the mini buns (3 per order) had finely minced pork, green onion, ginger, water chestnut, etc. I could taste the distinct ingredients but the filling was mushy. The bao dough was a bit mushy too (maybe because I didn’t eat it right away).
The interior looked contemporary and upscale. It didn’t have the typical dim sum restaurant look. It’s also smaller than a typical dim sum restaurant.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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Nothing to see here just me feeling like I have to explain my medical history to some poor cooks at the random ass italian place I ordered from because I'm afraid otherwise they won't take me seriously and will mess up my order and I literally won't be able to eat it and will waste my money
(Trigger warning and content warning, feeding tubes and food mentions)
(Image description: a screenshot of my dinner order for fettucine alfredo with a special instructions note attached that says:
"It is extremely important that I get this with short noodles instead of fettucine please. I can't eat long noodles because they remind me too much of feeding tubes frankly (I'm healthy now but memories don't always fade you know) (I'm only explaining why to make the importance of this clear lol) penne or ziti or any is fine just not fettucine or spaghetti etc"
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