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Morganmic Apr 28, 2008 12:26 PM

Hey, I posted something on Friday but I don't know if it worked out.
Anyways, I work for a reality TV show and we are trying to "go green" and be healthy. We are in need of organic dim sum for one of our shows. Can anyone help me out? Is there any place in this city that serves Organic dim sum? (I know its an odd request).

Thanks for the help!

  1. raytamsgv Apr 28, 2008 12:36 PM

    You must be kidding. Finding an Chinese restaurant serving organic foods would be tough. Finding organic dim sum would be even more more difficult. I don't think such a place exists. Certainly none of the best dim sum places are organic.

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      rinkatink888 Apr 28, 2008 12:47 PM

      Can you tell me what the specifics are you're looking for that is defined as "organic" dimsum" because I agree with raytamsqv and I've been eating dim sum from Hong Kong to all over the US cities and I have never come across organic dumsum.

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      1. re: rinkatink888
        exilekiss Apr 28, 2008 12:59 PM

        Hey rinkatink,

        I think Morgan is adhering to the commonly-used term in the U.S. for "Organic" (seen in produce, meats, etc.), which is "No Pesticides / Hormones, etc." To quote healthychildrenproject.org:

        "Organic Foods - The production of organic foods does not use pesticides or synthetic (or sewage-based) fertilizers for plant materials and hormones and antibiotics for animals, does not allow genetic engineering or the use of radiation, and emphasizes the utilization of renewable resources as well as conservation of land and water."

        And Morganmic, to everyone's replies so far, agreed: I don't think you'll find authentic Chinese Dim Sum in So Cal that's 100% Organic. Trying to convince the cooks and management at any major Chinese restaurant in the SGV to use organic meats, vegetables, sauces, oils, etc., is probably not going to happen anytime soon (sadly).

      2. Chandavkl Apr 28, 2008 12:47 PM

        Very little organic Chinese food in Los Angeles. A couple of years ago an organic Chinese restaurant opened up on Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel. I went in and they said they were going to open in a couple of days and to come back then. I came back about a month later and they were already out of business. There is sort of an organic Chinese restaurant in San Dimas, Veggie & Tea House. I say sort of because some of their dishes are Chinese and some of them are organic, and they sometimes advertise in the Chinese language press. No organic dim sum, though.


        1. ipsedixit Apr 28, 2008 01:57 PM

          You jest, right?

          What's the title of your reality TV show? "The Unicorn Tales: Eating Mythical Things"?

          1. David Kahn Apr 28, 2008 02:21 PM

            Only if by "organic," you mean "containing carbon molecules."

            1. Sarah Apr 28, 2008 02:21 PM

              You'll have to fly north and head over to Harmony in Mill Valley...

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                ExtraCheesePlease Apr 28, 2008 02:45 PM

                I had some organic potstickers at Real Food Daily one time. That's the closest I ever came to having organic dimsum.

                1. Mattapoisett in LA Apr 28, 2008 03:49 PM

                  You might try emailing the owners of Take A Bao which is opening next month in Century City. Other than that I think you are SOL.


                  Take Care

                  - P

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                    Bjartmarr Apr 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                    As other posters have pointed out, you're unlikely to find authentic organic dim sum from a traditional Chinese restaurant.

                    I suggest that you try phoning around to various small, organic cafes and see if they serve potstickers (or something similar) as an appetizer. It won't be authentic, and you won't get any variety, but I suspect it's the best you're going to get.

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                      debra Apr 28, 2008 05:16 PM

                      I just read something about an organic chinese place - it's not strictly dim sum, or strictly chinese for that matter, but there's a place in San Gabriel called The Green Zone. You might check them out and see if it's what you're looking for, or if they can accommodate you.

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                      1. re: debra
                        Chowpatty Apr 28, 2008 05:38 PM

                        The Green Zone is very nice, but they don't have dim sum. They have a few appetizers which are dim sum-esque, like a tasty shrimp roll.

                      2. luswei Apr 28, 2008 07:31 PM

                        I've also heard rave reviews about the Green Zone.

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