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Oct 16, 2006 03:00 PM

help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best source for take-out char su bao.........................

So my husband went and promised our elder pup's teacher char su bao for today. Only thing is, the place he was planning to go to buy them DOESN'T MAKE CHAR SU BAO--though they make very tasty ones with black mushroom and pork or veggies and pork.

But the teacher must have char su bao.....Aside from all of us thinking "aren't we lucky I asked," where the heck should he go to get good char su bao for take-out?

Great or excellent preferred, okay needn't reply. San Gabriel Valley replies expected but if there is a place in Chinatown, that is fine too. I was thinking Sam Woos in C-town but I can't remember ever seeing char su bao there [tasty bbq pork, however]

And in your response, can you please include some instructions and cross streets and the best address you can muster?

thank you!
tack tack!
xie xie!

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    1. There's this place called Dim Sum Express on Garfield in Monterey Park. A shack, for all intents and purposes, with a walk-up window which looks into a sweat-shop of steamers, fryers, and woks. You feel sorry for the people working in it, but they produce gigantic cha siu bao, dumplings, and other goodies.

      Dim Sum Express
      326 N Garfield Ave
      Monterey Park, CA 91754
      (626) 307-5800


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      1. re: elmomonster

        This would be my pick too. Or call BBQ Unlimited -- there's one on Melrose (4600 block or so) and one on Sherman Way in North Hollywood, between Coldwater Canyon and Ethel on the south side of the street (that'd be the, uh, 12900 or 13000 block I guess). You'll need to call ahead, though, to make sure they can make them for you.

      2. First choice for cha siu bao: Hong Kong Low, next to Phoenix bakery in the alley around the corner from Empress Pavilion. (Sorry, don't have address) Take-out only.

        There's always Ocean Seafood, 750 N. Hill
        Take out on the ground floor, corner of the building.

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        1. re: Sandra W

          Hong Kong Low Deli
          408 Bamboo LN
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          (213) 680-9827

        2. Both ABC and CBS in Chinatown have takeout sections adjacent to the main restaurant that are well stocked with dim sum items.

          1. My absolute favorite place for this Happy Bakery in Alhambra. It's on Valley, 1 block east of Valley & Atlantic. Sometimes my coworkers not close to SGV really crave dim sum type food, and whenever I bring a big box from here, everyone is happy. They have 2 kinds of char su bao - steamed and baked. The baked is a more western-style bread, but both are excellent. Hope you enjoy.