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CLOSED Minnesota's biggest Cantonese restaurant and dim sum palace JunBo occupies the massive old Chi Chi's space just north of 494 and spaciously seats 400. Through these vast fields dim sum carts wheel every day, carts innumerably packed with dishes uncountable. Or, it seems that way anyway, as the bounty descends: bowls of whole Manila clams, steamed till their brown shells fan open, then drizzled with perky black bean sauce; dumplings of astounding variety. Egg rolls are as thin as magic wands, filled with long strips of greens and little morsels of pork. And then there are all the dozens of classics, including pork buns, congee, tripe, pork ribs, custard tarts, crab-claw balls, turnip cakes, mango pudding that tastes like jelly beans, coconut pudding that tastes like silken sugar, and more, more, more. The dim sum rolls from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., but is also available from an a la carte menu; please note that the restaurant is open every single day, from 11 a.m. till 1:00 a.m. usually, and to a gleefully hangover preventing 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
When it comes to dim sum, here's a general rule: The best tiny tea snacks are served in the biggest rooms. In the Twin Cities, that means you head to Jun Bo, which seats about 400 people, where the crowds are as abundant as the dim sum assortment. Located in a former Chi-Chi's on I-494, everything at Jun Bo is red, from the bright-colored walls to the patterned carpet to the hostesses' crimson silk dresses. With a giant golden dragon and phoenix on the wall, the effect is something like an Asian Las Vegas. Dim sum is available from mid-morning to 11 p.m., and during peak times, servers circulate the room with more than 80 varieties of dim sum stacked neatly onto carts. That means shrimp dumplings, steamed pork buns, sesame-laced greens, fried taro cakes, and pristine white blocks of coconut milk gelatin. The offerings are as authentic as any you'd find in a world-class Chinatown, from the silken tofu dessert served with a sweet, clear syrup, to the chicken and duck feet. An average tab runs less than $15 a person, tax and gratuity included—a sure sign that it's the real deal.
When we think of authentic Chinese cuisine, Richfield is not the first place we expect to find it. But stepping into Jun Bo is like stepping into our own Chinatown. Jun Bo (meaning "precious treasure") is a massive room, seating 400-plus diners, and it's usually packed with families seated at large round tables topped by spinning lazy Susans of tender dumplings, crispy squid, and savory greens. Attentive waitresses in red silk dresses stop by with carts filled with steaming delights. Dim sum... More »
When it comes to dim sum, here's a general rule: The best tiny tea snacks are served in the biggest rooms. In the Twin Cities, that means you head to Jun Bo, which seats about 400 people, where the crowds are as abundant as the dim sum assortment. Located in a former Chi-Chi's on I-494, everything at Jun Bo is red, from the bright-colored walls to the patterned carpet to the hostesses' crimson silk dresses. With a giant golden dragon and phoenix on the wall, the effect is something like an... More »
Go to enough dim sum joints and the same-old same-old gets old-old. Another Styrofoam-tasting deep-fried crab claw? Sigh. Another central commissary sesame ball? Must we? That's why JunBo, the new mega-ambitious, mega-sized Chinese place that took over the old Chi-Chi's space on Nicollet and I-494, is such a delight. They have so many cooks, so many carts, and so many mouths to feed (the place seats 400) that same-old, same-old simply gets drowned out in the tidal wave of fresh, new, and... More »
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