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Sep 14, 2006 11:53 PM

Dim Sum in Chinatown

My family and I go to Empress Pavilion every year for my bday. We really like it not only the food but it is close to where we live (Eagle Rock). Any other Dim Sum places in Chinatown people highly recommend?? Just thought it might be fun to go somewhere else for a change.

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  1. "Highly recommended" in Chinatown is always Empress Pavillion. Any other dim sum place for your birthday in Chinatown would be disappointing.

    (Similar recent Empress Pavillion post)

    You should venture out of LA Chinatown to:

    888 Seafood Restaurant
    8450 Valley Blvd Ste 121
    Rosemead, CA 91770


    Triumphal Palace
    500 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA,

    or (maybe closer to you if you're in Eagle Rock
    )Full House Seafood
    1220 S Golden West Ave

    1. I should venture out of Chinatown. Thanks for the suggestions. The one thing I haven't liked about E.P. is that everything has a ton of salt or MSG I suppose. I am thirsty for about a week after going.

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      1. re: lalalady

        Isn't surprising. When Empress Pavillion first opened the first thing I noticed was there were no soy sauce bottles on the table. The reason they gave was that the chef knew how much seasoning was needed.

        Another highly recommended restaurant in Arcadia(world famous with locations around the world)is Din Tai Fung. Not really a dim sum restaurant but considered by some to have some of the best dumplings in LA. Get there at least 15 minutes before they open at 11:00am(lunch) or 5:00pm(dinner) or you will have at least a 45 minute wait on the weekends.
        Din Tai Fung
        1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA, (626) 574-7068

        LA WEEKLY article on the essential Chinese restaurants in the LA area.

        1. re: monku

          I suggest going to DTF - and picking up a b-day cake from JJ Bakery across the plaza's parking lot beforehand.

          Happy Birthday!

          1. re: chica

            One problem with Din Tai Fung is they're so regimented that I've never seen any one celebrating a birthday there. From my experience there's little time to socialize there. Its slam-bam-thank you mam.
            Don't get me wrong I enjoy DTF, but know when I go there I'm going to be in and out in less than an hour easily.

      2. For Dim Sum in Chinatown, I really like Ocean Seafood. I find that there's more variety in regards to what's offered and also, I just find the food more flavorful than Empress Pavilion.