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Mar 8, 2008 11:43 AM

Yum Cha Cafe Opens Up In Chinatown

The empire marches on and Yum Cha Cafe has now opened up in Chinatown at 638 N. Broadway in the space formerly occupied by the puzzlingly named #A BBQ Dim Sum, on the same block as the old folks home. Kind of a zoo there at lunchtime today so I'll pass until things quiet down. Interesting to see how this will play out as Yum Cha actually marks a step-up in price (and quality) from the previous #A BBQ Dimsum, which featured decent Chinese food at ridiculously low prices for the fixed income, older residents of Chinatown.

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  1. I have yet to try this place myself, but the word around Chinatown (my grandparents and her friends) is that they offer some decent food for a good price. I agree, it is a zoo there. I have passed by there quite a few times but never had the time to try it out myself.

    1. That's good to know. Is it between Sunset and Alpine on Broadway? How far is it from Lucky Deli using that as a point of origin?

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      1. re: Clinton

        This would be in the first block north of Sunset, which would make it the block south of Lucky Deli.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Thanks for the info. May have to try it since I've heard a lot about the one in Monterey Park. Most of the good old dim sum take outs in Chinatown (Hong Kong Low, Grandview Gardens, etc.) have closed down or moved. What's left is so-so.

          1. re: Clinton

            I was at Phoenix Bakery last week and they had a few dim sum (har gao, joong, siu mai, etc.). I asked the girl about Hong Kong Low and what happened to them. She told me that they had bought it and were remodeling it. The dim sum at Phoenix is being made by an ex-employee of Hong Kong Low. They were definitely better than the Won Kok (sp?)stuff that we've been making do since HKL closed. That dim sum woman is always shortchanging me and overcharging me at Won Kok! Grr!

            Hopefully, take out dim sum Hong Kong Low style will be available again in the near future!

            1. re: Oxyhandmoron

              Thanks for the good info about Hong Kong Low. Lots of people are going to be happy with this news. I for one, miss the take outs. Did they mention a timeline on when they will be in full service again? Will they still be selling dim sum out of that little room in the alley?

              1. re: Clinton

                The girl behind the counter didn't really know any estimated timeframe. I'll try and find out more when I go there again!

                But it definitely did sound like the little place across the alley will be open again to sell dim sum.

      2. Do you know if the the food is being made in house or if they are shipping it in from their main location?

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          My guess is they are making it themselves because they have numerous employees hanging around outside eating rice during their breaks. Almost all of them look like recent immigrants too. Maybe that is key to good taste, cheap labor, and a "C" Health Rating. I believe Yum Cha opened up late last year, though I do not remember exactly when.

        2. that is actually very good news. i can save time and gas and stop in chinatown to get my to-go dim sum fix now. woot!

          has anyone been? how is the taste and quality compared to the one in the san gabriel superstore? additionally, i assume pricing is in-line with the original location?

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          1. re: wilafur

            Finally stopped by the Chinatown location. Still a madhouse. Prices are uniform at their three locations. Identical items I had today were the same in quality as San Gabriel and Monterey Park locations.

              1. re: wilafur

                By the way--lunch for 2 was $6.60 with lots of leftovers.

                1. re: Chandavkl


                  How bad was parking? Usual chinatown?

                  1. re: ns1

                    Well, it is Chinatown. I find that if you arrive by 11:30 you can usually find something on the street within a couple of blocks. Sometimes parking fills up a little later on New High St., which is only a block away from Yum Cha.

                    1. re: Chandavkl

                      I actually ended up going there today.

                      PSA, they are closed by 630 pm lol

                      1. re: ns1

                        Yes, but they open at 7am so that still makes for a very long shift.

                  2. re: Chandavkl

                    haha. very nice. everytime i get the dim sum from the SG location, i spend $10.00 and have enough food to feed myself for 3 full days.

            1. We went there on a sunday night after a nice hike. Got masses of food for $11 and had enough for another full dinner (for two) the next night.

              I did not see the sweet rice that I'd seen (online) nor the fresh made rice noodles with shrimp, but the har gow were very tasty, fresh, and it WAS the end of the day. Perhaps if I'd been there at 11 I'd have had even more variety.

              But clean, well lit, nice - a great addition to downtown! Cash only.