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Apr 11, 2013 12:56 PM

Dim Sum Confidential

Clarissa Wei takes us into the dim sum kitchen at Ocean Star. I'm thinking the picture of the mound of chicken feet would give sausage factory photos a good run for their money.

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  1. " I'm thinking the picture of the mound of chicken feet would give sausage factory photos a good run for their money."

    This photo alters the age old question somewhat to "How did the chicken cross the road?"

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    1. For me, Ocean Star has always been number 1 for dim sum in LA. I've tried many of the others like Elite, NBC, Empress Pavilion, Golden Dragon, etc. but my top favorite is still Ocean Star. Maybe it's just the simple ambience and/or ladies with pushcarts which I like?

      1. Thanks for posting, Chandavkl.

        Dim Sum appears in its many shapes and flavors! It's all so magical!

        I always have wanted to peek inside.

        1. it was a brutal sight indeed. especially the tub of leftover fingernails. (not shown)

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            1. re: Chandavkl

              After seeing people prep live chicken, which my family cooked shortly after, I'm not sure if I can be grossed out anymore.. but even then, a tub of nails sounds pretty horrid.

              1. re: blimpbinge

                I find the premade ahead of time frozen dim sum more offensive than the toenails (so a "steamed to order" dim sum is basically heating raw frozen dim sum made the day before), but then again there's no other solution for the level of customer scale, unless they start the shift 2 to 4 hours earlier and even then it's not possible with the shift size they have.

                1. re: K K

                  that is quite bad actually

                  Which other of their items are frozen then thawed?
                  I wonder how many other shops do this?
                  Should I just ask if I can buy them frozen to go?

                  For a place of this size, and has been opened for this long, i'm kind of disappointed.

                  1. re: K K

                    There is nothing wrong or unusual in using frozen dim sum items, if they are made inhouse.

                    1. re: K K

                      I don't have a problem with frozen dim sum if they are made in the same restaurant. Restaurants usually don't use frost-free freezers like the ones in most homes. These don't try out the items like what happens in home freezers.

                2. re: ClarissaW

                  Thanks for confirming what I already suspected......

                3. Oh, now I'm starving for dim sum. Too late for today, will try for tomorrow.