Dragon Phoenix Palace
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.