Location: 500 West Main Street Suite A, Alhambra, CA 91801. (626) 308-3222
Date: April 29, 2014
Cuisine: Cantonese Dim Sum
My brother and I continue our epic quest to sample all the top San Gabriel Valley dim sum restaurants. I’ve actually been to Lunasia before, for a big Cantonese Banquet, but this is my first trip here for dim sum (which is really their specialty).
Pictures are helpful, even for a dim sum veteran.
Jumbo shrimp har gow. As good a version as I’ve had.
Jumbo pork siu mai. Perhaps more succulent and tender than many.
Spinach shrimp dumplings. I’d swear these also had scallops in them. Interesting (and tasty). A different mealier texture to the skin.
Baked chicken bun. Full of meat and flavor, probably a bit better than at King Hua.
BBQ pork buns. Excellent rendition. Shanghai #1 might have the best of these.
Pork dumplings. This is the sticky fried mochi variety. They are slightly sweeter and have a wonderful texture.
Shrimp rice noodles. Great sauce and a nice version of this dish too.
Crispy Shrimp Roll. These have a lovely light crunchy texture. They came with a mayo! But I thought they went better with the sweet duck sauce.
Shanghai pork dumplings (XLB). The inside of these favorites (and we got 3 tins) were filled with really solid little pork balls. They tasted great, but Elite’s were certainly better (with a lighter thinner skin).
Hong Kong Roasted Duck. Tasty, but a little boney.
Sticky rice wrap. The classic lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice.
Here is the inside. I know it’s not the loveliest, but it was good.
Pan-fried vermicelli Singapore Style. My brother and I got this dish as kids — and it’s still just as good.
Egg yolk buns. Like Chinese Cadbury Eggs!
Sweet yolk inside! Kinda different, and very sweet.
Macao Egg Custard. This version was a little eggy.
Overall, another fabulous dim sum place. It’s hard to say which is best among Shanghai #1, Elite, King Hua, and this, as each has certain dishes they do better. Really just an embarrassment of riches.
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