Best Dim Sum In Los Angeles

August 25, 2010 12:39 PM

Shrimp dumplings from Lunasia. (credit:

Whether selected from a roaming cart or ordered off a menu, there’s no better way to spend a lazy weekend morning than digging into dim sum. Here are some of the city’s best dumpling temples. – Cathy Chaplin
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Pork shu mai dumpling from Dim Sum Truck. (credit:

Dim Sum Truck

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Twitter: @DimSumTruck

The Dim Sum Truck serves up the genre’s greatest hits including sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, translucent shrimp parcels (har gow), and pork dumplings (shu mai), all on on four wheels. Instead of the usual chili oil and soy sauce, owner Alex Chu whips up a savory garlic sauce that totally pops. Also check out Deluxe Dumplings (@DeluxeDumplings), a fusion effort recently launched by Mr. Chu.

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A hot pot from Elite Chinese Restaurant. (credit:

Elite Restaurant

700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998
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It’s a cart-less dim sum experience here, which means that the mood is decidedly less chaotic and the mystery dishes are kept to a minimum. The hour-long wait might seem unbearable on a weekend morning, but the quality dumplings make it worth your while.

Empress Harbor Restaurant

111 N Atlantic Blvd, Ste 350
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 300-8833
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Located in the heart of Monterey Park, this grandiose Hong Kong-style seafood palace is a favorite among dim sum connoisseurs. Expect to find a balanced selection of high-end and dependable staples. The beef wrapped in rice noodles splashed with soy sauce teeters between sweet and savory, and is a definite crowd pleaser.

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Shrimp dumplings from Lunasia. (credit:

Lunasia Chinese Cuisine

500 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 308-3222

Lunasia brings a touch of elegance to the dim sum terrain. Accompanying the usual array of steamed dumplings are a few innovative dishes, most notably the puff pastry wrapped duck bun that puts the standard barbecued pork one to shame.

New Capital Seafood

140 W Valley Blvd
Fl/4 #D
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 288-1899
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Head to New Capital Seafood on a weekday morning to take advantage of their $1.99 dim sum blowout. Everything from chicken feet to egg tarts to fried squid can be had for a penny under two dollars. The price is easy on the wallet and the food is solid.

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

3939 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-3939
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Considered by many to serve the very best dim sum in Los Angeles, Sea Harbour employs quality ingredients for its traditional and innovative offerings. The sweet ginger tofu, as well as the deep-fried duck egg yolk encassed in tapioca, are must-tries. Arrive before 10 AM to avoid a dreadfully long wait.

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Cathy Danh

Cathy Chaplin is a Los Angeles-based food writer and photographer. Her widely-read blog Gastronomy has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. Danh’s food writings have appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, Saveur, and Time Out Vietnam.

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