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Jun 30, 2014 03:22 PM

One of the few guide/top lists I agree with: "The Ultimate Guide To Dim Sum In The San Gabriel Valley"

I usually don't like theses lists, but I actually eat at a lot of these places for lunch.

What do you guys think? I feel this list would actually be a good answer to many of the "HEY GUYS WHERE DO I GO FOR DIMSUM?" threads that pop up now n then

I personally would have not included yum cha cafe, even under "low end" Their steamed items aren't too far from the frozen foods section of some of the nearby markets and would mislead non-locals. just imo.

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  1. dimsum, unlike pastrami, is basically like sex. even bad dimsum is..

    #200 posts?

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    1. re: TonyC

      do you like chicken feet? would you rather have wings?

      1. re: jessejames

        much like uhh.. something else, the best part of the chicken is the ass, on a stick.

        we're not making 200 posts here, are we?

        1. re: TonyC

          my pals in Mississippi swear by that part when making lima beans...smoked turkey butt...I have yet to find a preparation of the foot that does it for me tho.

          I don't disagree with your assertion regarding bad dim sum ... I've got no problems with finding some decent stuff at the palace in west la, or being hammered in Chinatown hossing down the 6 for a dollar variety

      2. re: TonyC

        QUOTE: "dimsum, unlike pastrami, is basically like sex. even bad dimsum is.."

        There's so, SO much that I disagree w/, but to get into it would probably get me banned....

        1. re: ilysla

          Bad pastrami has a time and place just don't call it number one and 3/4 of top ten.

          1. re: ilysla

            you do realize that in china, due to lack of privacy, sex is more or less reduced to exchanging underwear with your paramour.

          2. re: TonyC

            also, no one thinks you're a moral cretin if you like cheese and russian dressing on your dim sum.

            1. re: TonyC

              Bad sex is just exercise.

              Bad dim sum is Ex-Lax.

            2. "She kindly suggests you throw out any other dim sum list you've read before if that writer wasn't Cantonese or has never lived in Hong Kong"

              her sensibilities seems to match mine, despite this toisan speaking boy having only visited HK.

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              1. re: barryc

                "But now most higher-end dim sum in Hong Kong as well as the U.S. have a "we don't steam it until you order it" motto."

                I've also only visited HK, and it seemed to me that some of the best dim sum there was via carts.

                Maybe I'm silly, but I occasionally enjoy the chaos of the cart experience even if the food's a bit worse.

                1. re: j_gordon

                  "Maybe I'm silly, but I occasionally enjoy the chaos of the cart experience"
                  Kind of like the Palio in Siena.

                  1. re: mc michael

                    which is this week i believe

                    also very enjoyable

                2. re: barryc

                  Interesting that she said that consider her 626 Foodettes partner, and Chowhound LA's favorite target Clarissa Wei would I believe not meet those criteria.

                3. Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd ask here if anyone has recommendations (SGV or otherwise) for a quick dim sum to go style place, where you pick items from a glass case. These are common in the Richmond in San Francisco. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here is a picture from Clement Restaurant, where I used to go a lot for it:

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                  1. re: Haeldaur

                    I don't recall glass cases recently since i usually just go n sit down.. except for at ocean bo in el monte:


                    They may not necessarily trade blows with the best, but it's quick, reasonably priced and they do some items well.

                    If you don't need the glass case, you can do to go at the deli counters at most of the other places. They'll usually have picture-less menus nearby.

                    1. re: Haeldaur

                      CBS downtown has a to go section with glass cases. Selection varies depending on when you arrive.

                      1. re: Haeldaur

                        China Town, Won Kok and there's an ABC to go that have the glass cases. You didn't say anything about quality.

                        1. re: Haeldaur

                          Those cases are actually not very good for displaying most varieties of dim sum because it would dry them out. If you want take out place, try the take-out storefront of Capital Seafood on the northeast corner of Garvey and Atlantic in Monterey Park.

                          This is NOT the main restaurant that next to the bank. Instead, the small takeout place is about three or four storefronts south of it. They have lots of large pictures in both Chinese and English. It's cash only.

                          There is a similar place in the 99 Ranch Plaza food court on the intersection of Golden West and Duarte Rd. in Arcadia, but I haven't been there in a while.

                          1. re: Haeldaur

                            To go, select from a glass case......Yum Cha is it!
                            + 1 on CBS, too.

                            1. re: selfportrait93

                              I personally love Yum Cha.

                              But have stopped recommending it for others.

                              More for me!

                            2. re: Haeldaur

                              That particular style is more of a NorCal type of thing. In L.A. the comparable model is the bakery which instead of serving traditional dim sum to go, has savory items like hot dog bao and stuff like that.

                            3. No 888 on the list for carts?

                              1. Um that's a good list with 1 HUGE exception. Maybe it was a off day( a SERIOUSLY off day) but my experience at Atlantic seafood & dim sum restaurant was beyond horrible. I hate to be Mr.negative but it was honestly the worst dim sum I've ever had, worse than a bad Yum Cha location(Kearny Mesa). The atmosphere was somewhat nice, the views were disturbing(you can look right into people's apartments that are 30 feet from the window) but the food quality regardless of price wasn't good in any shape or form. Maybe it was a really really off day or something though I have no reason to go back anyway.

                                Never tried China red, I'll have to hit that up soon before the place gets lines.