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Jun 2, 2010 05:05 PM

Dim Sum at Elite Restaurant

I'm having dim sum at Elite Restuarant in San Gabriel this weekend, any recomendations on what to order/favorites?

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  1. Hi Rockgrappler,

    This recent thread should give you a good starting point:

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    1. There is a lightly fried tofu thing (sorry... do not know the name). Its shaped like little short cylinders. Yum!

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      1. re: Jennalynn

        ... sounds like the Baked Durian Pie. Yum, indeed!

          1. re: Jennalynn

            That's the dish I described. I'm pretty sure it's the tofu in oyster sauce.

            1. re: Jwsel

              they described it to us as Japanese tofu. and yes, it was bomb.

        1. re: Jennalynn

          These "tofu things" are often passed around on a tray...very fresh!

          1. re: Jennalynn

            It's the tofu with oyster sauce. Absolutely incredible. The outside is a bean curd similar to what Japanese restaurants stuff with rice. Inside is a tofu that is the consistency of custard.

            The egg tarts are excellent, and they do a baked, flaky bun filled with the egg custard.

            I also loved the shu mai, har gow, and baked pork bao (I preferred the baked to the steamed, but both were very good).

            1. re: Jwsel

              Could be 玉子豆腐, also known as tamagodofu, ribendofuwhich is tofu mixed with egg. The only tofu dish I could make from Elite's menu is under their kitchen specials, and it is actually a soy sauce marinade goose webbed feet with tofu, perhaps that's the thickened sauce used on the tofu. To use only Lee Kum Kee type oyster sauce is just taking shortcuts, for a place of this caliber.

              1. re: K K

                From , there is an item listed as "Bean Curd Wrap Oyster Sauce."

                1. re: Jwsel

                  There are at least two tofu items at Elite. One is, as Jwsel has mentioned, their Bean Curd Wraps with Oyster Sauce. I have tasted others' versions of this dish, and I think this one is the best I know. The inside ingredients are identifiable and fresh. Others I have had at other dim sum restaurants are tasty but sometimes contain some unidentifiable filler mush.

                  The other tufu item I often see being passed around on trays at Elite is their tofu "mounds." These look like upside-down flan...with a sauce. They are good...perhaps a little bland for my taste.

                  Of course, there may be other tofu items that Elite serves that I have not yet tried. If anyone knows of another tofu dish served at Elite, please let us know.

                  1. re: liu

                    A while back, I know they had deep fried tofu with an embedded scallop on top and served with XO sauce.

                    They also have almond tofu on demand :-)

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Oooooooh, both of these sound delish!
                      I will ask and order next time...thanks, ipsedixit!

                    2. re: liu

                      Do you remember what the "tofu mounds"/upside down flan are called on the menu? I tried to order them on my last visit and wound up with the tofu skin stuffed with minced veg and pork (which was a delicious mistake).

                      Just today I tried to steer my vegetarian friend towards the "savory tofu flan" dish that I was unsuccessful in ordering, and guess what she wound up with? That's right, the same dish-- minced pork in tofu skin. She tells me that her dogs will be eating well tonight.

                      Mr Taster

                      Edit: For those considering the canine alternative.... I would not advise it, as she tells me her home in Van Nuys is now filled with olfactory-based discontent.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          That is the dish I was describing. I thought it was the bean curd wrap in oyster sauce, but the photo identifies it as Jade Tofu.

                          1. re: Jwsel

                            that's exactly how it looked like when I got them, no pork. They were walking around with them.

                          2. re: Servorg

                            Pretty sure those are the ones stuffed with minced pork.

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              I found a description of it on Yelp and it appears that this dish is not the one with minced pork:

                              "The Tofu with Spicy Jade sauce was my favorite dish. It tasted like a mixture of egg white and soft tofu, fried on the outside then covered with the spicy sauce"

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Sounds like someone needs to verify this claim first hand. Any takers?

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  I will say the picture + description matches my experience, but no clue on the name.

                      1. re: Jwsel

                        Sea Harbor appears to have something similar, except theirs is called 鮑汁扒豆腐, where the tofu is made with abalone sauce.


                        The dish ipsi speaks of is also mentioned in the blog at Sea Harbor, except it's steamed. (帶子白玉柱 Steamed Egg Tofu w/ Fresh Scallop in Dry Scallop Sauce).

                        1. re: K K

                          Since we're on the subject, iirc, I also had this dish at King Hua. I liked King Hua's version, but others hate King Hua. ymmv.

                          King Hua Restaurant
                          2000 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

                          1. re: K K

                            Elite will do an ostensibly vegetarian version upon request. I have had it twice, both times for dinner, though.

                  2. Along with everything else on the menu, be sure to enjoy their sweet baked goods. Specifically, I recommend their house sugar cake, their snow buns and their egg tarts...just a start! All are served hot from the oven or steamer and should be consumed immediately with your favorite tea -- which you can request as you are seated.

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                    1. Elite has what looks like an Italian Sfogliatelle:


                      But it is filled with scallops and onions. And while the pastry on the outside looks like the Sfogliatelle, its texture is more crisp and giving. Sfogliatelle is more toothsome. I don't recall the name, but it's one of those classic "only at Elite" kind of dim sum items. It was on the menu when I was there a couple of months ago, but don't recall seeing it on Mother's Day.

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                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        bulavinaka -- Is it their taro-scallop "crescents" ??


                        They are quite yellow, although this photo does not show it.
                        Those are delicious!!!

                        1. re: liu

                          Hi Detective liu - you are correct! After thinking about it more today, I realized that I forgot to mention about the taro as well - thank you for finding this. As I mentioned above, this is one of those things that only Elite seems to have. I don't know how they come up with these ideas for dim sum but it's obvious that someone is putting a major effort in making these delicious wonders. The subtle lingering umami flavor is wonderful.

                          1. re: bulavinaka

                            They have grown on me over the years, and now I am addicted!

                            You are so right, bulavinaka, about that "...subtle lingering umami flavor..." and for me, it is also about the contrast of textures. The outside is delicately brittle while the inside is creamy and very rich. However, I must add that they do not transport well. Finish them at the table because they turn to mush in a microwave.

                        2. re: bulavinaka

                          You made me look it up...


                          There's something that fits your description, it's the bottom middle pic, translated as scallops shredded daikon layered puff pastry. It's beautiful!

                          1. re: K K

                            Yes, same style of pastry dough, but shaped roughly like a crescent and filled with scallops, taro and I think daikon and onions. It's a real standout because of the exterior's unusual texture, and it is really good...

                        3. the buns are always good...everyone I've been with loves the almond bun