Steamy Choices

Lu Lu offers an embarrassment of riches

As the carts rolled by, we chose siu mai (firm steamed pork stuffed into open-ended thin wraps that sit upright like little spools), shrimp har gow (steamed translucent dumplings), char siu bau (steamed rice-flour buns -- bau -- filled with diced roast pork -- char siu -- in a sweet hoisin-based sauce), fried taro puffs (small oval balls covered in webbed mashed taro root and stuffed with a dense filling of finely ground pork or beef) and rice noodle (a white, slippery wide noodle folded over a filling of pork, shrimp or beef -- we picked the excellent shrimp version with a thin soy sauce).

Don't bother filling up on plain white rice when you can savor sticky rice wrapped and neatly tied in a lotus leaf. Our server did not snip the string for us, but once I slipped it off, I was rewarded with a small portion of sticky rice with a sweet black-bean-paste filling.

Green-pepper chunks stuffed with a ground-shrimp mixture were served hot off the grill trolley and matched with a slightly sweet black-bean sauce -- a favorite. Disappointing, however, was a tennis-ball-size shrimp croquette with an odd fishy taste. The custard tarts are a must -- choose mango or almond pudding.

Lu Lu offers more than 30 seafood items, not counting soups and appetizers.
Jennifer Silverberg
Lu Lu offers more than 30 seafood items, not counting soups and appetizers.

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Lu Lu Seafood Restaurant

8224 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63132

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: University City

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Soups $2 (small)/$4 (large)
Salted pepper scallops $11.95
Szechuan barbecued lamb $9.95
Stir-fried green beans $6.95
Chinese eggplant $6.95
Dim sum $1.95-$3.50 per item

314-997-3108. Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dim sum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

8224 Olive Boulevard

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At the start of your dim sum meal, you will be given a small card, which the server will mark each time you choose something. Don't feel obligated to take everything presented to you, but don't worry about overordering. Dim sum is cheap enough and makes for great leftovers.

Aside from smeary plates that looked as if they had been passed quickly through water, dim sum at Lu Lu is yum-yum. And at Lu Lu, these morsels are worth the bright lights and bustle.

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