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Dragon Phoenix Palace

quielo Oct 13, 2006 05:46 AM

I had a little time off yesterday so I took the family down to OC to buy veggies and tofu. The best tofu is made in OC and while some people may think all tofu is created equal it really does make a difference.

Since my wifa and our nanny are Chinese we decided to try the Dragon Phoenix Palace on Bolsa and Moran. We had seen it many times but it was always crowded.

Yesterday there were only a dozen tables occupied so we sat down for dim sum.

It was a short story, the Dragon Phoenix Palace makes the absolute worst dim sum I've ever been served in LA. The first dish was gai lan and even that was bad.

So if you ever have a desire to try Viet-Chinese cinsidering letting it pass.

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    SwissMiss RE: quielo Oct 13, 2006 09:02 AM

    I gave up on this place many year ago. China Garden in Irvine is acceptable to my taste, but I am certain there HAS to be good Dim Sum in O.C.

    1. JAB RE: quielo Oct 13, 2006 02:55 PM

      I'm sorry that you didn't read the boards first and had to endure the Dim Sum there. It's definately the worst that I've ever encountered and I've encountered a lot. Although, a recent experience at ABC in China Town was also horrible.

      As stated, China Garden will do if you don't want to make the drive to Seafood Paradise @ 8602 Westminster in Westminster where the Dim Sum is awesome.

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        Curt the Soi Hound RE: JAB Oct 13, 2006 06:14 PM

        Seafood Paradise has to be a top contender for most changes in quality of any dim sum eatery.
        It's inconsistancy has made me very hesitant to suggest it.

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        Wonginator RE: quielo Oct 13, 2006 05:26 PM

        Dragon Phoenix had been pretty good at least 5 years ago, but has gone steadily downhill ever since. Add to the parking nightmare in that shopping center, I'll probably never visit it again.

        Haven't been to Seafood Paradise for a couple of years since I had some good but not great dim sum meals there. Might have to go back soon since others are saying good things about it.

        1. choctastic RE: quielo Oct 13, 2006 07:34 PM

          I agree with wonginator except to say that Seafood Paradise is not that great. China Garden is the only relatively decent one in orange county but it's still not as good as SGV places by any stretch of the imagination. dragon phoenix is pretty sad these days.

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            Wonginator RE: choctastic Oct 13, 2006 08:35 PM

            Yeah, unfortunately OC is kind of a wasteland for dim sum. I've had a couple of bad experiences at China Garden in my last couple of visits, so family members don't want to go there anymore.

            I remember my last few Seafood Paradise visits to just be OK, which is why I haven't been there in a year or two. Last several dim sum meals have been in LA County and in Vegas.

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            Chubbypanda RE: quielo Oct 13, 2006 07:36 PM

            Oooh! Where do you go for your tofu? Share! Share!

            - Chubbypanda


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              quielo RE: Chubbypanda Oct 29, 2006 04:07 AM

              Sorry Chubby,

              I just noticed your post. As far as the missus and I are concerned the best tofu around is at:

              Dong Phuong Tofu
              15022 Moran Street
              Westminster, CA 92683

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                Chubbypanda RE: quielo Nov 3, 2006 02:06 PM

                Thanks quielo!

                - Chubbypanda


            2. kingkong5 RE: quielo Nov 2, 2006 05:11 PM

              Another tofu shop in Orange County worth checking out is

              Thanh Son Tofu
              9688 Westminster Ave (between Brookhurst and Magnolia)
              Garden Grove, CA 92844

              They have a little shop/storefront that sells seasonal vegetables and fruits, along with some other asian products. They also have a small hot bar where you can buy already fried tofu. Our favorite is the fried tofu with green onions pressed into it (although a lemongrass/chili pepper version is available).

              You can buy small blocks of tofu for $1 each, and also jugs of soy milk (sugar and non-sugar) and two kinds of tofu pudding! We prefer the green tofu pudding, which comes with small containers of sugar syrup and coconut milk to pour on top.

              Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

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                Chubbypanda RE: kingkong5 Nov 3, 2006 02:06 PM

                Sweet! Two tofu places. Now I'm a happy panda.

                - Chubbypanda


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                  kingkong5 RE: Chubbypanda Nov 3, 2006 06:10 PM

                  I have had the tofu at both places and our family prefers the Thanh Son Tofu. You can also pick up the tofu products at any of the asian supermarkets in the area, but when we buy right at the shop it's usually still warm from them just making it.

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