Just had dim sum this morning at East Ocean. Good deal and good eats. Food was fresh and hot outta the steamer. Made it there around 11 and the place was full, but no wait list. 2 of us had eight plates for $23 before tips!
Ordered up ha gow (shrimp dumpling 3pc.), siu mai (pork dumpling 4pc), seun jok geurn (bean curd roll in sauce), gow choi gow (shrimp and chives dumpling), ha churng fun (shrimp crepe), that deep fried shrimp and water chestnut dumpling (maybe baked? 3pc), siu long bao (shanghai dumpling 3pc) and pai gwut (short ribs in black bean sauce).
Ha gow was fresh and had a spring to it. Skin is thicker than I usually like, but holds together well. Siu mai was good, enough fat in it and not mushy. Shrimp and chives dumpling was ok, would have liked it pan fried a little more, but taste was good. I didn't eat the shrimp and water chestnut thing served with mayo. Siu long bao was a little dry on the top which is usually a sign its either been sitting out or not steamed long enough. It was ok. Pai gwut was ok, a little fatty, but really on par with most dim sum places.
For $23 you can't beat it! It's a little more expensive at Legendary Palace so this is the best alternative to chinatown and it has all the staple plates I usually get. Big plus that I go to Alameda so much. Their back parking lot was full, but I circled once and got a space on the street. Definitlely will go back.
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