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Jan 2, 2011 04:09 PM

Delicious dim sum--with carts in SGV?

My family enjoys the cart style of dim sum, because we all like different things and it has been easy and fun to order what we can see. We are not experts at this kind of food and in searching the board, it seems that Sea Harbour and Elite are the CH faves, but that perhaps they only offer menu service, not carts. We want to head out there--where to?

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  1. Here is a prior thread covering this subject to get you started:

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    1. re: Servorg

      Here's another thread discussing cart dim sum:

      Personally, I'm still more confused than ever about which ones to try.

      This is the list I have of the most frequently recommended cart dim sum places, accumulated over several years of reading this board (in no particular order):

      - Four Sea (San Gabriel)
      - Empress Harbor (Monterey Park)
      - Ocean Star (Monterey Park)
      - Hong Kong Palace (Rowland Heights)
      - 888 Seafood Restaurant (Rosemead)
      - Capital Seafood (Monterey Park)
      - NBC Seafood Restaurant (Monterey Park)
      - New Capital Seafood (Rowland Heights)
      - Full House Seafood Restaurant (Arcadia)
      - New Capital Seafood (San Gabriel)
      - Empress Pavilion (Chinatown)

      Reportedly, none of them approach the quality of Elite, Sea Harbour, Lunasia or King Hua.

      I still have a soft spot for cart dim sum. My favorite dim sum place ever in the US was the short-lived Crystal Garden in Flushing (late 1980s cart dim sum restaurant). I still haven't found char siu bao or dofu fah as good as theirs, anywhere.

      1. re: Peripatetic

        Four Sea is not a dim sum place, nor does it have carts.

        Four Sea Restaurant
        2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Thanks -- not sure how that ended up on the list.

        2. re: Peripatetic

          Top pick out of this list is New Capital Seafood in Rowland Heights and judging from the clientele, its a favorite with locals. Took my world traveler cousin Julian there one Saturday morning and he voted that this was one of the top ten restaurant experiences that he had had.

          New Capital
          8823 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA

      2. New Capital Seafood has carts and truly excellent dim sum.

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          Second this recommendation - a favorite of Mme Zoe because together with a large and varied selection comes really warm service.

        2. It may be a bit old fashioned - but I really enjoy Hong Kong Palace in Rowland Heights.

          Prices are reasonable, the items are fresh and though I speak only english and the servers just a bit - somehow we all get along just fine.

          FYI, I tend to go on big holidays, when there's a crowd, so maybe my experience is different than every day. But I can tell you they are better than Ocean Seafood on those days anyway : )

          Good luck and happy pointing and eating!

          Hong Kong Palace
          19101 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

          Ocean Seafood Restaurant
          747 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. Empress Pavilion for cart-style dim sum.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I just realized a big boo-boo on my part.

              I meant to say Empress Harbour (in Alhambra) and not Empress Pavillion in Chinatown.

              My bad and apologies to the OP.