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Dim sum noodles.
Dim sum noodles.

Strangely situated in the middle of West Bloomfield, Michigan is one very authentic Chinese restaurant. It’s called Shangri-La and has the endorsement of not one, but two Chinese/Taiwanese people I know that have been there. It also has the endorsement of all the other people that show up on the weekends for their dim sum.

My shumai.
My shumai.

We went for the aforementioned dim sum, which includes a bit more than just your traditional items. For example, the noodles above, which are delicious, but not at all dim sum. We opted for some of the classics, like shrimp and pork shumai, taro dumplings, BBQ pork buns and tofu skin rolls. We got a few other things, but dim sum at Shangri La only comes in threes, so I wasn’t able to get a bit of everything.

Where's the pork filling?
Where’s the pork filling?

Nonetheless, the things that I did get to try were as good as I could have hoped. The pork buns (cha siu bao) were filled with a delicious sweet BBQ sauce that went nicely with the amount of bread and pork it came with. These were the baked version as opposed to the steamed version, which I’ve never actually had before at dim sum and they were surprisingly good.

Mmm crispy taro.
Mmm crispy taro.

The tofu skin rolls were also pretty good, but tasted just about as good as any other tofu skin rolls I’ve had before. The winner in my mind was the taro dumplings, which basically consisted of mashed taro stuffed with bits of pork and deep fried. It’s the same basic premise of basically any taro dumpling, but somehow these seemed particularly delicious.

A little more skin, please.
A little more skin, please.

Shangri-La definitely delivered on the prospect of authentic Chinese dim sum, at least from the perspective of this waiguoren. But hey, this gweilo did live in China once upon a time, so perhaps he does know a bit. Now I’ll just have to get back for their main menu to see how that stacks up.