Chinese: Red Egg

Eating Out

 

 

Happy New Year, everyone! If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that I’m a pretty big dim sum fan – I have dimsum at least every other week! I’ve visited most dim sum places in NYC, and one of my more recent additions is Red Egg.  Red Egg distinguishes itself from the competition with a chic, sophisticated decor, a wider variety of dishes, and slightly higher prices.  Were these differences worth the higher bill?

At Red Egg, there was nary a pushcart in sight – instead, we checked off our desired dishes from an extensive menu:

My eating buddy and I decided to split 5 dishes between us.  The first was the standard steamed roast pork buns (first picture). I always order these so I can compare them across restaurants!  Red Egg‘s were dainty (read: small), with freshly steamed dough and a sweet, tender pork filling. Thumbs up!

We then moved onto the sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf:

This is another one of my favorite dim sum dishes – this version was packed full of yummy goodies such as fatty pork and Chinese sausage without being overly greasy.

Our next dish was the stuffed tofu:

I admit – even though I love all things fatty and fried, I’m not a fan of the traditional fried stuffed tofu.  Luckily, that was nowhere to be found, and this steamed version was absolutely scrumptious –  flavorful silky tofu topped with shrimp and finished off with a delicate broth.  So good!

The seafood sui mai was another traditional dish that Red Egg excelled at:

The shrimp in these sui mai were fresh and flavorful and the dumpling skin delicate.  Another hit!

We finished off with the pork and cilantro dumplings:

I know cilantro is pretty divisive, but I fall on the side of “Sooooo delicious” – anyone else?  These dumplings were phenomenal, with generous stuffing and once again a very delicate wrapper. Recommended!

As an aside, I waited for about 3 minutes for the girl in shorts and high heels in the above photo to move, but she was there to stay, so I just decided to snap away. Oh well!

Though there are less expensive dim sum options in NYC, Red Egg provides a quieter option with excellent food.  The polite waitstaff and English menu make the restaurant especially user-friendly for dim sum newbies.  If you’re in the area, definitely give Red Egg a try!

Delicious dim sum served in chic decor.

 

Red Egg

202 Centre Street (@ Hester)

212.966.1123

What’s your favorite dim sum dish?

 

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Mina
    January 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    it all looks so delicious! nothing like a great dim sum restaurant.

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    Taryn
    January 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    mmm that tofu looks delish!
    my aunt threw my uncle’s 60th birthday party at red egg last month…i couldn’t go because of a prior commitment but my parents enjoyed the food!

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    MacchaMe
    January 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve recently heard excellent reviews about Nom Wah Tea House for dim sum. I would love to hear what you have to say about that as a biweekly dim sum-er!

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      Serena
      January 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I recently went to Nom Wah! I’ll be posting a review soon 🙂

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    Sunny
    January 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve been to Red Egg a couple times and it was alright. I’m no dim sum expert though. 😛 A pro is that I think the menu is more vegetarian friendly, I brought my vegetarian friend there.

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    Tabitha @ Glitter and Ganache
    January 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Ooh, I LOVE dim sum too!
    And I want to eat that tofu/shrimp so badly- looks delicious!

    Next time I come to NY I’m definitely wearing my eating clothes! 🙂

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    Alice
    January 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The hubby and I are total dim sum fiends!!! We too have it at least bi-weekly, if not weekly! Unfortunately, Dallas only has a few dim sum restaurants and they are a bit costly!

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    kelsey@mintedlife
    January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I am in the LOVE cilantro camp too. I can’t get enough!

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      Serena
      January 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Yay for cilantro!! 🙂

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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    January 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Sounds delish! I love dim sum and will definitely give it a shot. I’m not a fan of cilantro though but I’m sure I can find many other things I’d love. And what a bonus that the decor is chic 🙂

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    Amanda
    January 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    If you ever want to go on a blog date, I’d be happy to meet you here! This sounds like my kind of place 🙂

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      Serena
      January 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Sweet! We should do that! 🙂

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    Rowena
    January 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I’ve been curious about this place for awhile. Thanks for the peek inside! It’s so much more civilized this way but I actually do like the rowdy pushcarts though. My favorite dim sum dishes are turnip cake and spicy chicken feet.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Yum! I like the look of the tofu and may even try those cilantro dumplings too!
    I’d also love to go on a blog date in NYC or Singapore some time!

    xoxo,
    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    A Brit Greek
    January 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Happy New Year!

    It pains me to look at these mouth-watering pics… Sadly I can’t get a decent Dim Sum fix out here in Greece… I made sure I stuffed my face on my last visit back to London…

    I don’t have a fave dish as I LOVE everything! Greedy me!

    Anyhoos, not long til CNY!
    x.o.x.o

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    Butter
    January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Aaaah, the sticky rice picture just made me ache with desire. So did Rowena’s comment about turnip cake & chicken feet. Putting dim sum on our next date night (date morning?) list.

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