Slideshow: Belmont, MA: Taiwanese Dim Sum Brunch at Shangri-La

A full table
A full table
This represents only a fraction of the menu.
Chinese Fried Dough ($1.95)
Chinese Fried Dough ($1.95)
The biggest, airiest crullers you can find. They come two to an order, and are perfect for tearing into pieces and dipping in warm, sweet soy milk.
Sweet Soy Bean Milk ($1.25)
Sweet Soy Bean Milk ($1.25)
Despite its name, the liquid isn't too sweet, but it's warm and makes a great alternative to tea with fried dough "croutons."
Steamed Taiwanese Bun with Pork and Pickle ($3.75)
Steamed Taiwanese Bun with Pork and Pickle ($3.75)
The idea that this overflowing pork sandwich could close is a joke, but no matter. The fluffy steamed dough readily soaks up flavor from the braised pork belly pickled mustard greens. Fresh cilantro and almost-ground peanuts make the whole package fresher and richer, respectively.
Steamed Small Pork Bun ($5.25)
Steamed Small Pork Bun ($5.25)
Not gonna lie, these are a bit of a letdown compared to the version at Chinatown's Dumpling Cafe, but they're juicy and porky nonetheless. There's a side of white vinegar with julienned fresh ginger for dipping.
Pan-Fried Turnip Cake ($3.95)
Pan-Fried Turnip Cake ($3.95)
A deep-fried version of the Cantonese slabs that usually sits on a griddle. The interior is dense and creamy, the exterior brown and crisp, and the dipping sauce tastes like a lovechild of hoisin and ketchup.