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Mar 10, 2013 09:44 AM

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

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. 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

      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

        zhajiang literally means fried sauce..

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

      2. re: ipsedixit

        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

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

      3. dimsum isn't really a dinner thing

        1. 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

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

          2. 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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