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Help! BEST DIMSUM w/ carts in SGV on a Sunday afternoon/evening??!!

Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 09:44 AM

Dear Chowhounders,

I'm hoping you can lead me to the best dimsum in SGV on a Sunday (after 5pm). We prefer "old-fashioned style" with the carts.

If that doesn't work timing-wise, we're also considering a place in SGV with the best steamed juicy dumplings and zhajiang mein (Shanghainese).

Will be 6 or 7 of us (including 2 kids under 10). Thanks a million, Chowhounders!!!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 11:28 AM

    Nothing in SGV. CBS in downtown LA from what I understand has dim sum at night (but not sure if it's cart style).

    As to your second option, if you have to have both (XLB (or dumplings) and zha jiang mian) your options are limited. Best bet is probably 101 Noodle.

    Also, zha jiang mian is not Shanghainese.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Liquid Sky RE: ipsedixit Mar 10, 2013 12:19 PM

      Just read in one place that it originated from the north of China (Shandong province).

      Interesting cause "Zhejiang" is actually south of Shanghai...

      1. re: Liquid Sky
        blimpbinge RE: Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 01:22 PM

        zhajiang literally means fried sauce..

        not sure what that has to do with zhejiang (jiang means river..)

      2. re: ipsedixit
        selfportrait93 RE: ipsedixit Mar 10, 2013 08:45 PM

        CBS in Chinatown does serve Dim Sum after 3pm but
        "a la cart" ;-)
        You may want to call Lunasia in Alhambra. I heard you can order DimSum later in the day, too.
        For zha jiang mian, my personal preference is from FFY Noodle House in Rowland Heights.

        1. re: selfportrait93
          Liquid Sky RE: selfportrait93 Mar 11, 2013 03:42 PM

          Thanks, selfportrait... this is much appreciated!!!

      3. blimpbinge RE: Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 11:40 AM

        dimsum isn't really a dinner thing

        1. Chandavkl RE: Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 12:33 PM

          A few places in LA and NY will serve after hours dim sum to humor those who get a night time urge. But the carts go home at 3 pm at the latest. The dim sum side of a restaurant operation starts in the wee hours of the morning, so 3 pm marks the end of a long day.

          I think there's more zhajiang mein in Koreatown (done Korean Chinese style) than the SGV. I always associated zhajiang mein with Beijing style, and until recently there wasn't a lot of Beijing food in the SGV. But your Beijing places don't serve XLB, so I'm not sure where that twain meets.

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          1. re: Chandavkl
            Liquid Sky RE: Chandavkl Mar 10, 2013 12:48 PM

            No offense to anyone, but I think the Chinese version is much better!!!

            1. re: Liquid Sky
              Chandavkl RE: Liquid Sky Mar 10, 2013 12:53 PM

              No argument here!

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            will47 RE: Liquid Sky Mar 14, 2013 12:22 PM

            edit - sorry, forgot the "afternoon / evening" this time around reading the post. I think you should really give up on that idea. Go in the morning, or have dinner instead!

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            1. re: will47
              Liquid Sky RE: will47 Mar 14, 2013 08:08 PM

              Will do!

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