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Dim Sum - NBC is better than Ocean Star

Went to Ocean Star this morning, NBC last week. Coke v Pepsi, or something like that.

Ocean Star has its perks: it's cleaner, nicer, a bit more variety, and a more helpful and attentive staff. However, NBC has better tasting food. The shanghai dumplings at OS were bigger, but had less broth and were lukewarm. The same at NBC were tight, plump, and bursting with piping hot broth. Didn't see any char sui buns at OS, but the grilled chicken buns were good. NBC had better ones, and pretty good egg custard buns as well. Everything else was just a tad better and NBC. Sticky rice, taro, dumplings, rice noodles, etc.

Last but not least, I ate more and paid less at NBC. 4 of us ate a feast and paid $10 each. We ate much less at OS and paid about $15 per. I have yet to try Mission 261, 888, Elite, or Sea Harbour, so those are still to come.

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  1. I'm there with you all the way. Ocean Star is cleaner and brighter, but NBC clearly has them trumped on taste. Everything tastes just a bit better at NBC. If you're into traditional, straight-up, Cantonese dim sum, NBC is at the head of the line in my book.

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    1. re: hch_nguyen

      I have a good friend from Hong Kong who has taken me to NBC several times. I can't give you specifics but I still like Ocean Star more. I do however like the taro/coconut jello at NBC better though.

    2. I like the har gaw, shao mai, pie gwaat, and cheong fun at Ocean Star. NBC tastes similar if a little heavier to me, but the dinginess of NBC and service issues is a big turn-off. I do like their tea better than OS though

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      1. re: Ernie

        I haven't been to NBC in several years, but the dinginess isn't surprising. I remember going there in the early 80s, when it was called Golden Shark, and I don't think much has changed since then. Still, if I have to eat dim sum, it's one of my preferred places; my family, however, has long since moved on, which they seem to do with every Chinese restaurant after a few years. I wonder if it's to avoid the dinginess issue.

        1. re: mrhooks

          Yes, I remember Golden Shark. That plaza has always been a bit skanky. We used to go to the old Edwards Theater and Pirate's Cove video arcade when it opened but it became run-down quickly

          1. re: Ernie

            Pirate's Cove ... man, that brings back some memories.

        1. NBC is my go-to dim sum palace (I last went two weeks ago) and I agree with you that it's better than Ocean Star, but having read your comments I headed to Ocean Star this morning, and it was actually much better than I'd remembered.

          The lotus wrapped sticky rice was some of the best I've had, as were the custard buns, and they now have roaming trays of fresh out of the kitchen food, in addition to the carts, which gives you a chance at getting some great stuff. That being said, NBC is superior with its excellent duck and many dumplings, both fried and steamed, and it is slightly cheaper (though both are good deals).

          Still, I had a great time at Ocean Star, everything was good and some things were excellent.

          1. NBC is my go-to, but 888 is improving steadily -- while I enjoy NBC quite a lot, I find myself thinking of the smells coming off the carts at 888.