Cheap and tasty dim sum in Los Angeles
August 18, 2007 1:28 PM   Subscribe

Good--and cheap!--dim sum in Los Angeles?

Looking for some good dim sum in L.A and north O.C. If the prices are low, that would be great. We want to eat a lot and spend a little. But I don't want to go to a really cheap, seedy place that doesn't trim the fat off the meats and uses too much oil. It doesn't have to be a place that has tons of options, because I can't bring myself to eat many of the delicacies like duck's feet, etc.
What are your best suggestions?
posted by GardnerDB to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
ocean seafood in chinatown.
posted by jimw at 2:20 PM on August 18, 2007

My personal favorite is Ocean Star. I typically go by myself on Sunday morning to read the Sunday times. I have a big appetite, and $20 fills me up and gives me a few tasty snacks to take home. Best har gow around and the tea is good as well.

Citysearch has their best of 2007 here. I've also eaten at Empress Harbor and NBC on the list, and both are good. I've heard good things about Empress Pavilion but never been there.
posted by charlesv at 3:17 PM on August 18, 2007

Seconding Ocean Star, and adding 888. Both are excellent places for dim sum. Expect lines, though--everybody else knows they're good, too.
posted by Upton O'Good at 6:10 PM on August 18, 2007

The NY Times had an article about dim sum and other Chinese delights in Alhambra, Montebello, and the San Gabriel Valley a while back: link.
posted by mdonley at 7:07 PM on August 18, 2007

Ocean Seafood gets my enthusiastic second...though the wait for a weekend brunch can be long.
posted by mrmojoflying at 7:50 PM on August 18, 2007

In the 15+ years I've been going to Empress Pavilion, I've never managed to spend more than $10 per person. And the food is awesome. The lines are long, but that's part of the experience.

If you get too hungry while you're waiting for your table, they have a take out section right next door.
posted by Space Kitty at 8:22 PM on August 18, 2007

Triumphal Palace on Main Street in Alhambra is excellent. Probably the best I've ever had. Recently did a very large meal, $32 for three people. It's busy on weekends.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:03 PM on August 18, 2007

Oh shit, I just looked at that NYT article mdonley linked to. Yeah, the dumplings at Triumphal Palace are just out of this world.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:11 PM on August 18, 2007

New Capital Seafood is my favorite, with an elegant room, delicious and varied dim sum, and very cheap bills. It's recently moved to the old Sam Woo space on the top of the Great Mall of China, at Del Mar and Valley. Don't miss the flower tea, Japanese eggplant, porridge and the yellow custard buns.

Also, maybe don't miss the weird, witty deep fried replica sushi dim sum.
posted by Scram at 1:27 AM on August 19, 2007

Scram writes "It's recently moved to the old Sam Woo space on the top of the Great Mall of China, at Del Mar and Valley."

When did Sam Woo go? I feel like I was there not so long ago...
posted by mr_roboto at 1:31 AM on August 19, 2007

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