Delicious dim sum--with carts in SGV?
- holleygolitely Jan 2, 2011 04:09 PM
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?
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.
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.
8823 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA
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
Both of the above are great favorites of the Owen kids and their family. EH was the one Pa-in-law always took us to from 'way back when, though when we introduced him to 888 he thanked us profusely and allowed as how he liked it better. However, we've been to EH again during the past year, and it's apparently got new owners and a nice freshening-up. EH I think has the edge with the more delicate stuff; 888 has that stewed tripe with hot chile oil I'm addicted to. All good, though.
I've tried a lot of the cart places in the SGV. I think 888 Seafood in Rosemead - 8450 Valley Boulevard #121 Rosemead, CA - has by far the biggest and best variety of dim sum in the area. If you go on a weekend the variety is amazing - far greater than it is at order off the menu restaurants such as Elite and Sea Harbour, and the quality is very high. (Perhaps not quite as refined and as fresh as at Elite and Sea Harbour, but pretty close.) They also have some dim sum that I have yet to find anywhere else in the SGV, such as my favorite - pan fried gau choy gau (sp?). If you do go on a weekend and don't want to wait a while for a table, try to get there by about 10:30am.
888 Seafood Restaurant
8450 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
Sea Harbour (my favorite) doesn't have carts but they do have a menu with photos of each item to make it easier to order.
Elite is "order from menu" (with pictures) but some of the fun of the cart experience remains; at least as of last month's visit, waitresses still come through (or past) with trays of stuff, and offer whatever-it-is, in addition to whatever you have already ordered (we received a persistent re-offering of "Chicken Wings with Coca-Cola Sauce")
Blue Ocean Seafood is my favorite dim sum place with carts. Prices are ridiculously reasonable--$1.59 for any item in the carts! Food is fresh and delicious! I prefer it to NBC, Capital, New Capital, and 888 in SGV area.
Blue Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1412 S Garfield Ave, Alhambra, CA 91801