self serve dim sum section pacific east mall 99 ranch
I was there on Saturday because I needed 10 fresh crab. I saw this post earlier and checked out the dim sum. It was OK. I wouldn't go there for dim sum but it was fine to get an easy dim sum fix if you don't want to go elsewhere. I got to the store around 9:00 so the other dim sum places weren't open when I was leaving.
Didn't see this thread, but actually had some last Friday. I am not well versed in the ways of formal dim sum dinners, but even I could tell that it wasn't the greatest from the Oakland Chinatown take-out I've grown up with. Tried the char siu bao, the chicken bao, siu mai, har gow, and the chive dumplings. The baos are the smaller versions and were kept in the steamers, so the dough was fluffy and held up ok to the transporting. The char siu filling was generous although very sweet and I much preferred the chicken although there was only quarter sized ball of ground chicken and nothing else in the bun I got. The other items we got were kept in open steam trays under heat lamps and did not fare nearly as well. The one highlight were the har gow which did not gum up as the others did and the filling was light and the sweet shrimp nicely plump. Otherwise... By the time we got back to the office 15 minutes later, the chive dumplings had turned to hockey pucks and the siu mai were pretty dense although I don't know if that was a result of the car ride, or they were like that to begin with. The other also got a few of the fried spring rolls which were also kept under the lamps, but they didn't look particularly crispy so I passed.
All in all, it was convenient and the four of us were fed for just under $17, but I would probably rather order take out from Asian Pearl if I had a hankering.