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Cheapest Dim Sum In Los Angeles?

That honor may well go to the newly opened Ho Ho Fu BBQ Dimsum in Chinatown. I had a regular sized order of beef cheung fun and an order of three baked chashu bao (large bakery sized buns, not the small sit down restaurant sized buns) and my total bill was $2.87, tax included. Now granted this was after the grand opening discount (10 percent, I believe). But the stated tariff for the 3 large buns is $1.49 (same price for all of the "small" dishes such as ha gow, siu mai, steamed bao, and even chicken feet), while the cheung fun varieties normally go for $1.69. Oh--and the food itself. Well it's not Sea Harbour, but it's definitely worth the price. Indeed the baked bbq pork buns were as tasty as they come, though perhaps a little bit sweeter (bun and filling) than we're normally used to. Ho Ho Fu is at 420 Ord St.

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  1. I've got to check that out. Thanks.

    1. I had a regular sized order of beef cheung fun and an order of three baked chashu bao (large bakery sized buns, not the small sit down restaurant sized buns) and my total bill was $2.87, tax included.
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      That's insane.

      Are the landlords in Chinatown offering free rents into perpetuity these days?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Actually I lied. The small items aren't $1.49--they're $1.39 each. 25 varieties including turnip cake, taro cake, egg tart, spare ribs, pork puffs. Portions seemed to be equivalent to the other take out dim sum places.

        1. re: selfportrait93

          No, at those prices the local food shelter has competition.

        2. Ah yeah...but the city gets you on the street parking at $2 an hour! One of the reasons why I quit going to LA Chinatown nowadays. Still like Yum Cha for cheap prices. Thanks for the heads up though.

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          1. re: Clinton

            The lot on College near the Gold Line station is cheap and non-timed. Best for us is just to take the Gold Line.

            We'll have to check this place out. The only dim sum I've had in Chinatown was I think CBS, years ago, and it was pretty good but I wasn't paying. Our normal spot is 888, where we usually get stuffed for well under $10/person.

          2. Can you compare it to Yum Cha, which I didn't care for despite the bargain prices? Also, is it take out only?

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            1. re: JAB

              Well factoring in price I kind of like Yum Cha, so I'm not sure if my comparison would mean anything. I think most people take out, but like a couple other similar places in Chinatown there are a few tables for eating in. Also jook and noodle soup for $2.99 and steam tables.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                I like yum cha - but I have to say, since they changed their har gow - I don't like them QUITE as much. Smaller, tougher noodles and less shrimp.

                Might try this place!