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Jan 24, 2001 02:45 PM

Dim Sum on a Week Night???

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Can anyone recommend a good restaurant in Los Angeles for dim sum, at night?

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  1. You're out of luck, I don't think there are any... Dim sum is generally only served as a lunch-time meal. I haven't seen it on dinner menus anywhere.

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    1. re: Jennifer W

      Actually in Taipei dim sum is an evening meal and an expensive one at that. But that doesn't help you here. An alternative might be one of the many dumpling restaurants that serve -- yes, you got it, dumplings! -- afternoon and evening. My personal favorite is Din Tai Fong in Arcadia (I may be off in my spelling...maybe its Ding Tai Fung), the local branch of the famous dumpling restaurant in Taipei. They serve a variety of different kinds of dumplings and related fare. If you go, make sure you get the juicy pork and crab dumplings. Bite into them carefully -- they explode with the most incredibly tasty but hot and messy juice (that's why they call them juicy!).

      Also, unlike dim sum restaurants, they come 6-12 per order. The first time my wife and I went to the one in Taipei we didn't know this and ordered about 4 or 5 different kinds. We ate every last one and then waddled back to our hotel, moaning (happily) all the way.

      1. re: Don Mankin

        Bless you and your Arcadian soup dumpling house, regardless of its name. That is the only crab/pork soup dumpling spot I've found in LA...and they are my favorite things on earth. Does anyone know where else in town I can find soup dumplings?

        1. re: Lisa Bee

          1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 574-7068.

          1. re: Lisa Bee

            There are at least 2 other places that I know of with the soup dumplings(aka shiao long bao in Mandarin), both the crab/pork and plain pork variety. There are 2 Shanghai dimsum places on Valley boulevard, just east of Del Mar, in a minimall complex on the north side of Valley Blvd. One is Meilong Village 301 W. Valley Blvd., #112, San Gabriel 626-284-4769. In the same minimall complex, about 2 storefronts to the right of the aforementioned place, there is another small restaurant (I'm afraid I don't remember the English name) on the corner which serves Shanghai dimsum, with crab/pork soup dumplings, too. I'm not even sure if the smaller restaurant has translated its menus into English...

          2. re: Don Mankin

            Lisa or Don or anyone else: Do you have an address for Din Tai Fong (or Ding Tai Fung) in Arcadia for those great juicy duplings? Couldn't find it in or elsewhere. Thanks

            1. re: Jerry

              Man, I can't find anything on this place at all! Sounds great, though (wish they'd open a NYC branch!).

              I did find one interesting mention, though (with no address/phone), which is extremely chatty but contains some very nice food tips...see link below


              1. re: Jerry

                Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
                1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

                Link below to a nice piece S. Irene Virbila did on this place months ago (not to mention explicit directions for how to eat the lil buggers). It's just past (South of?) Santa Anita racetrack - hello, weekend adventure.

                Tho SUPERGOOD, these dumplings are not as wonderous as the ones I recall from a couple years back at Joe's Shanghai in NYC. Maybe the years have unduly upgraded this memory to Mythological Status (especially if conventional wisdom on the NYC board has it right) wouldn't be the first time. The Din Tai Fung dumplings were a little smaller, their skin a little thicker and chewier, and they just weren't as juicy/soupy. That said, they were still damn good.

                Be sure to let us know if you go!


              2. re: Don Mankin

                Don, I used to eat lunch at Ding Tai Feng on Taipei's Xinyi Lu every week. A remarkable place. On my first visit I arrived between meals and sat in a corner downstairs watching some of the deftest fingers in the world stuff xiao long bao, zheng jiao and a remarkable array of other dumplings. I remember the entire menu and get teary-eyed at the thought. The only problem has been the cost. In 1986 the prices were relatively high but manageable. By 1996 prices were really exorbitant, but I still made a few pilgrimages to that remarkable, narrow, neat restaurant. Now that the rumor I heard years ago of a US branch has been confirmed, I wonder whether you can attest to the quality?

            2. The Chin Chin chain serves some basic dim sum off their menu. Check their web site at for their menu and locations.

              1. I don't think I would want to eat any dim sum which might be available at night. If you can get it at night it either means its left over from lunch, or it's not very good, since as Jennifer W points out, dim sum is luncheon fare, and any place which would prepare it freshly at night is not authentic.

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                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Thanks for the info. I've only ever had it on weekend mornings, but was having a craving. This weekend in Old China Town is going to be a MAD HOUSE! Thanks again!