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MU | | Mar 2, 2003 02:49 PM

My son (10 months old) and I are visiting my mom without vegetarian husband in tow. Just got back from a very gratifying dim sum experience at China Pavilion in Lake Worth. Little joint in a strip mall (as is everything down here) on 4463 Lake Worth Road. Since I live in Maine and there's no decent Chinese food for about a hundred miles from where we live, I was deeply grateful for this place. Chinese BBQ items in window, chickens, ducks, chicken feet, pork intestine. Extensive, varied menu, with, unfortunately, lots of shark fin soup offerings. Ahem. Lots of other tasty-looking stuff as well, includig whole sections for conch and abalone. They bill themselves as "New York Style." I'm not familiar enough with regional Chinese food to parse out what that actually means, but we sure enjoyed our meal. My dim sum experience is relatively limited, but I've been to Ton Kiang in SF and I'd say China Pavilion is at least in the ballpark, playing for the farm team.

I had my first experience with chicken feet, which were dark braised, savory, gelatinous and sticky. I liked them. I hope it's okay to eat them with your fingers, because that's what we did. Passed on tripe with slivers of ginger, but tried both the spectacular house dumplings (pork, big chunks of shrimp, veggie, lots of cilantro) and the shrimp dumplings (less complex and impressive), turnip cake, greaseless lacy fried taro dumplings, and sesame crusted rice cakes filled with sweet bean paste. We ordered from the kitchen for my son: greens with fu yee (thanks Big Dog), and the server immediately asked if we wanted the pea shoots. We did. Also ordered soft noodles with veggies, which came with black mushrooms and yau choy. The baby (and I) scarfed both, thinking the noodles were great fun. Awesome baby. I just wish we could have gotten them earlier in the meal, since he fussed until they arrived. Gotta move the dim sum on the carts, I guess.

The servers were incredibly kind and helpful. I noticed a Chinese-only menu there as well, but a Chinese-reading person will need to evaluate.