Came here yesterday via recommendations from a few different people. I knew that there were no carts which made for fresher dim sum, but the lack of carts took away from the experience. It just felt like we were ordering food at a Chinese restaurant.
Sure, the food was good, but I did notice that the turnip cake was different from the other dim sum places I've been to. I ordered the fried one first, and it came cut up in little chunks with slices of fried egg on it. It was good, and a tad spicy, but I just wanted my regular fried turnip cake that came in squares.
fried turnip cake
So, I ordered the steamed turnip cake and it came in a round dish with big chunks of turnip in there. It was good, but I wish the turnips were cut smaller.
steamed turnip cake
One dish that really stood out was the fried taro. OMG, the 3 of us all loved it. Crispy, flaky and yummy at the same time. This was a winner.
crystal shrimp, fried taro, mango pudding
The crystal shrimp dumplings were huge, albeit a bit dry. Some hot sauce solved that right away.
I also liked the Chinese broccoli because they were steamed well and easy to chew. The other ones I've had were way too hard to sink my teeth into.
Steamed pork buns were another great dish. We all liked the flavor and the soft buns.
steamed pork buns, steamed yellow sweet buns, chinese broccoli, fried taro
The steamed yellow sweet bun were way too runny on the inside. None of us liked that at all. I think it should have been cooked more.
Crispy shrimp rolls were okay, but I prefer the regular shrimp rolls better. They weren't really crispy at all, more like chewy with the fried yo tiao in the middle.
Fried shrimp dumplings were decent, my BF liked those the best. It came with a dipping sauce which helped the flavor.
Service was pretty good and we only waited 15 minutes on a Sunday. Granted it was 1:45 pm, but we eat lunch late.
Our bill was around $44 which is about right for the amount of food we got. I'll come back and order some other stuff next time. Kinda sad they didn't have my steamed tripe though. But for dim sum though, I'm more into the whole hustle and bustle of the carts.
700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754