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Paliman Dec 2, 2006 02:56 AM

I have a problem without a solution. My mother is 93, loves dim sum, and is not able to leave the house. I would like to bring her some. She has enjoyed Ocean Star, 888 and Yang Sing in San Francisco.

I know that Empress Pavillion used to have a take out store with a limited selection, but I do not know of another place. Do any of the major yum cha/dim sum palaces provide take out services? If they do not, is does anyone have any suggestion

  1. chica Dec 2, 2006 03:04 AM

    I think most dim sum restos will be happy to give you take out. Just get the menu and a waiter.

    If you're looking for a special counter, other than Empress Pavilion, I only know that the Arcadia Full House had a counter connected to the neighboring food court. I'm not sure if that still exists.

    1. JAB Dec 2, 2006 04:05 AM

      In China Town, Empress as mentioned, ABC, CBS & Won Kok.

      1. c
        chowmominLA Dec 2, 2006 04:47 AM

        Won Kok in Chinatown probably has the widest "to go" selection.

        Din Tai Fung in Arcadia (in a mini mall on Baldwin and Duarte) has the most amazing juicy pork dumplings, that I think are better than traditional dim sum. They have other dumplings and dishes as well but the juicy pork dumplings are the best. Not your typical dim sum spread but so great. You can get them as take-out. Also get delicious desserts from the bakery in the same mini mall.

        VIP Harbor Seafood on Wilshire and Barrington will package dim sum to go, you can call ahead. Actually, they even deliver... I just got delivery from there last night (although dim sum is only served at lunchtime. Not sure if they delivery at lunch.)

        There's also a shack on Garfield in Monterey Park that has very good dim sum to go.

        I'm sure Dumpling Master on Atlantic in Monterey Park can also be prepared to go.

        Craving it now...

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        1. re: chowmominLA
          blackbookali Dec 5, 2006 08:39 PM

          Where is Won Kok? I couldn't find it on city search . . .

          1. re: blackbookali
            monku Dec 5, 2006 10:25 PM

            That's because its called New Won Kok !!! (nothing "new" about the place--there used to be a sister restaurant in Lincoln Heights called Won Kok)

            210 Alpine St (corner of High Street).
            I think their dim sum is kind of marginal..but they do a brisk take out.

            Not a dim sum restaurant--good for Americanized Cantonese food(cheap), but you can order dim sum with your meal even at dinner.

            I like Family Pastry better which is across the street from CBS Seafood.

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          weismommie Dec 2, 2006 04:50 AM

          I was gonna suggest the shack on Garfield (between Garvey and I-10). It open almost all day, not just mornings.

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          1. re: weismommie
            Das Ubergeek Dec 2, 2006 10:58 PM

            Yeah, that place is surprisingly good. It's called Dim Sum Express or something, and is directly across the street from one of those ghastly "professional" looking minimalls that houses Saigon Sandwich.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              estone888 Dec 5, 2006 09:22 PM

              I know that it used to be very good, years ago when it was called Fong's Burgers and they didn't have any burgers, just dim sum. Generally though, I've always thought dim sum was one of those foods that doesn't travel very well.

              1. re: estone888
                chowmominLA Dec 6, 2006 06:44 AM

                That's funny because I've always thought dim sum is a great snack for the road. Sometimes on the way to Vegas I stop at that shack or Dumpling Master and stock up for the drive! better than fast food... True, some dim sum is "snacker" than others, shiu mai and har gow is probably better for the road than beef rice noodle.

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            UCLAW Dec 2, 2006 05:23 AM

            I can't think of a dim sum restaurant that wouldn't package dim sum to go. I've even had take out from Sea Harbour. As far as dedicated take out areas are concerned in addition to those already mentioned, there's Capital Seafood in Monterey Park, Ocean Seafood in Chinatown, and Seaworld in Rosemead. Also the old Hong Kong Low takeout in the alley behind the Chinatown Plaza.

            1. c
              curtiskan Dec 2, 2006 05:59 AM

              The Empress Pavillion take out store can get you anything they serve inside the restaurant. You are not limited to the items on display although they don't particularly care for the walk into the main restaurant. You just have to ask.

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                teaforbed Dec 2, 2006 08:00 PM

                I cannot atest to its quality, but there is a dimsum take out place next to the Ranch 99 in Monterey Park, on Atlantic and Garvey, next to the dry goods store. It certainly looked good and popular.

                1. raytamsgv Dec 4, 2006 07:18 PM

                  Every dim sum restaurant I know will allow you to order food to go. You can ask for items not listed on the menu. If you want, you can also order chow mein/chow fun/etc.

                  1. notmartha Dec 4, 2006 07:22 PM

                    I really don't think there'll be a problem getting dimsum from the restaurants - I've also seen people do it at Happy Harbour. You may want to get to the dim sum place before the insanity starts (before 11:30AM) and they will have more time to help you.

                    The question is whether the food will travel and reheat well. Baos, and stewed items will probably fare the best - fried items the least.

                    1. s
                      suvro Dec 5, 2006 09:31 PM

                      Just had dimsum at New Capital Seafood and noticed they have a long takeout menu for dim sum. Weekdays they say that all dimsum are $1.68, $1.88 on weekends (for takeout only).

                      NEW CAPITAL SEAFOOD
                      7540 GARVEY AVE, ROSEMEAD
                      626) 288-1899

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                      1. re: suvro
                        chica Dec 5, 2006 10:53 PM

                        haha...i love how the chinese like to use the lucky "8" in their dim sum prices, too.

                        1. re: chica
                          notmartha Dec 6, 2006 04:14 PM

                          Not just food. I've seen houses marked to sell at $888,888. And of course, car license plates.

                          Back to food - just occurred to me that it's probably easier to get dim sum to go at the places that doesn't have the pushcarts (such as New Concept, 261 Mission, etc.) - they have a menu already that you can just check off.

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                        WHills Dec 15, 2006 08:11 PM

                        The key is to find a place close to your mother's home, so the food is tastier. Almost all, if not all, dim sum places do takeout.

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