By Anna Ing, a food aficionado
Located in the former Grand Chau Chow restaurant, Bubor Cha Cha is in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown. The elaborate interior features a ceiling with swirling clouds and tropical décor, making it stand out. Bubor Cha Cha is named after a Malaysian dessert soup served either cold or hot, consisting of coconut milk, taro, yam, sweet potatoes and corn.
The menu has gone through some changes over the years. It serves great Hong Kong style “dim sum” (literally meaning “touch the heart”) with prices starting at $2.95 a dish. Service for “yum cha” (“drink tea”) start at 8:30 a.m. daily, with the small dishes made to order.
After waiting in line, we chose our tea. The chrysanthemum tea is made from the flower’s petals, making it a light and refreshing herbal tea. We were handed two menus, a smaller one listing different congee (rice porridge) options and a bigger laminated photo menu that diners can mark to their heart’s desire. Though a smaller selection compared to the bigger tea houses, Bubor Cha Cha holds its own in flavor with seafood and meat options.
We enjoyed No. 19, which was four steamed shrimp rice noodles in a light soy sauce. The shrimp pieces were big and fresh while the noodles had a nice soft consistency.
Next came No. 1, the pork shrimp “shumai” or open-faced pork and shrimp dumplings. Then the “har gao,” aka No. 2 shrimp dumplings, were filled with generous amounts of succulent shrimp encased in a glutinous rice wrapper.
The No. 4 chicken feet braised in black bean sauce is incredibly delicious and the best version around. Soft and tender chicken feet might look intimidating, but they are full of collagen and easy to eat. The three pan-fried chives dumplings for No. 36 come with a thicker flour wrapper filled with plentiful shrimp and chives. No. 33, the stuffed eggplant, is delicious with ground shrimp stuffed in three big pieces of Asian eggplant, deep fried and smothered in a garlic brown sauce.
All the choices are delicious and the lines for dim sum prove just how popular they are. Next time you have a dim sum craving, give Bubor Cha Cha a try.
Bubor Cha Cha
45 Beach Street, Boston, MA 02111
(Between Harrison Avenue and Tyler Street)