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Dim Sum - New Recommendation

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Jeff90212 Feb 4, 2001 04:52 PM

My wife and I checked out Hong Kong Palace in Rowland Heights today for yum cha.

I am happy to report that it was excellent.

We got there around 12. There was a line but it went pretty quickly and we were seated within fifteen minutes. The place isn't that big at all, somewhat smaller than the old Harbor Village.

We were immediately set upon by the cart ladies who had a wide variety of stuff, including my favorite teo chao gor, which can be hard to find.

One thing that I really liked is that they bring the fried stuff out on individual trays straight from the kitchen, so its nice and fresh and relatively grease-free.

They have an extremely wide selection for such a small place.

We also had dau fu fa (sweet tofu), gok Chashu bao (baked chashu bao), a very nice fried Corn, pea and pork dumpling that I've never seen before, beef and oyster mushroom bean curd rolls, and a very nice fish, shrimp and crab cabbage roll.

Other things that they offered which we didn't have were: duck wings, fong jau (barbecued chicken feet), barbecued duck and suckling pig, cheung fun (rice noodle stuffed with shrimp or beef), cheu him dau fu (salt and spicy tofu).

There were many other things besides. Our bill for seven things was $16.50. Most of the people there were mandarin speakers but they also spoke cantonese and english. It's a bit far for us (we live in West L.A.) but it was the best we've had recently so I definitely recommend it.

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    Fred Feb 4, 2001 07:00 PM

    Which one did you go to? There are 2 of them. The one located in the shopping center on Nogales and Colima is excellent. One weekdays, they also have lunch specials that are unbelievable. For $3.95 or so, you can get items such as whole deep fried flounder, tofu stuffed with fish paste, and salt baked shrimp. The same dishes will run you around $10 during dinner--if it's even offered.

    Though it'll mean longer waits for me when I go, I definitely second your recommendation.

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      SexLoveRockSuhsi Feb 5, 2001 02:07 AM

      Sounds very good. Too bad, you and your wife didn't really take advantage of what they had to offer. I mean all the great sounding things you guys skipped, instead opting for all the conventional choices which too many Americans lean towards. Duck wings, chicken feet and suckling pig? My god! I would have been all over that in a second.

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        Jeff90212 Feb 5, 2001 02:34 PM

        Thanks for your input, but you are way off-base. My wife is not an American (she is in fact Chinese)and I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese and I travel to China several times a year. The items that we chose to eat we chose because we like them and they are the same things that we eat in Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Whether we choose to eat duck wings at a particular meal doesn't speak to our sophistication - it speaks to our appetite at that particular time.

        I've noticed that your posts tend to be personal and critical rather than helpful and/or informative. Perhaps you could work on that a bit....

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        Justin Kocher Feb 6, 2001 04:56 PM

        You may wish to try a place a bit closer to home. I highly recommend VIP Harbor Seafood, in the strip mall at Wilshire & Barrington. They have an excellent selection, including some interesting home-brewed concoctions that will keep me coming back.

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          Jeff Feb 7, 2001 02:29 PM

          I can't say that I find any of the westside dim sum places to be very good. The best of the lot is probably Royal Star, but even then it's still not too good. I don't mind driving for dim sum, so we usually head out to the San Gabriel Valley.

          The main thing that a good dim sum place needs is big turnover and there just isn't enough at the little westside restaurants.

          VIP isn't bad for dinner though.

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            Jeff Feb 7, 2001 02:30 PM

            I can't say that I find any of the westside dim sum places to be very good. The best of the lot is probably Royal Star, but even then it's still not too good. I don't mind driving for dim sum, so we usually head out to the San Gabriel Valley.

            The main thing that a good dim sum place needs is big turnover and there just isn't enough at the little westside restaurants.

            VIP isn't bad for dinner though.

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            thuy Jan 13, 2002 08:05 AM

            Thanks for the suggestion, we truly enjoy our dimsum there.

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