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The Best Dim Sum I've Never Had

sku Feb 17, 2009 05:33 PM

My family are dim sum fanatics and we go once or twice a month, but lately we've been in an NBC-Elite-Ocean Star-Sea Harbor rut that I'm anxious to break out of despite the high quality of those establishments. We've done New Concept (though I think that's gone), Mission 261 and Empress Harbor, but want something new. What's the latest and greatest that isn't on my list? Thanks.

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    Selter Head Feb 18, 2009 04:28 PM

    I second 888 - it's solid and dependable and once they get to know you and what you like, you're golden.

    1. martyR Feb 18, 2009 03:49 PM

      Went to King Hua last weekend and it was very good. Menu looks identical to Sea Harbor and I thought the quality was the same. Very friendly staff.

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        indochine Feb 18, 2009 11:01 AM

        Ocean Star was my go to dim sum place in LA but recently i've discovered Capital Seafood just across from Ocean Star. its in a huge strip mall, next to the 99 ranch supermarket. All the dim sum staples (except for Lo Ba Kau = radish cake) was solid! The place looks reminiscent of Scarface though, gaudy white and gold with chandeliers....

        1. Will Owen Feb 17, 2009 05:47 PM

          Don't know about greatest, but 888 is our perennial favorite. Not so delicate in the dumplings as some, but with a little more hardcore stuff than, say, Empress Harbor (the parents' former favorite) - I love the cold octopus, and I don't have to throw myself in front of the stewed-tripe cart anymore because the woman knows me. Or she pretends to. And it's generally pretty cheap. VERY popular - go early (they open at 10) or late (close I think at 3) on weekends.

          We had an excellent midweek dim sum lunch some years ago at Full House in Arcadia - it's in the mall with 99 Ranch on Golden West at Duarte. Delightful but cramped at the time. They've remodeled and expanded; we haven't been back yet but we ought to go.

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