Best places in SGV to bring a pescatarian
Bringing some friends to try out the great Chinese food in the San Gabriel Valley. This is going to be a lunch visit, so I've thought about dim sum at Sea Harbor. Any other suggestions for places that might have a great seafood noodle dish or dumplings?
Thanks in advance.
Is the pescatarian in question - not sure if it's you or a friend - especially strict about it? I ask only because Chinese cuisine in general, and dim sum in particular, finds ways of sneaking pork into veggie- or fish-focused dishes. For example, dumpling wrappers commonly contain pork fat to help with watertightness, etc.
Ipse's suggestion of Newport is a good one; I've also had some great seafood at New Capital. The waitstaff at both have been pretty helpful suggesting dishes to me and could probably answer any questions you might have about meat content.
I would also check about whether they care about chicken stock or chicken base. Not all chicken powder actually has meat in it, but most does have some amount of chicken (as well as often other meat derived ingredients). Some form of chicken base / powder is pretty common, if not ubiquitous, rather than standard MSG, so it's worth checking if this is a concern for your friend. If, like most pescetarians, they are not that serious about it, no worries. All the dim sum at Sea Harbour has chicken base or chicken stock, and it's all pre-made that way, at least that's what they told me when I asked (though they can make some noodle dishes and other non dim-sum items to order).
I don't think most places will have pork fat in the dumpling wrapper - should just be flour and water. You could try Kam Hong Garden or JTYH; the latter has what I believe are purely fish based dumplings, as well as vegetable ones.
I think Newport Seafood on Las Tunas is a good suggestion, so thirding that (even their vegetarian dishes are quite good, and the staff is usually relatively helpful, if a bit brusque). However, it is crowded and loud and they don't take reservations.
Newport Seafood Restaurant
4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703
Kam Hong Garden
848 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA
Las Tunas Restaurant
3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
9425 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770