Thanks to everyone who gave me great advice!
I arose bright and early, did an hour of Tae Bo, 30 minutes of stairstepping, and 40 minutes of cardio program on the stationary bicycle. I was READY! My Husband, Cullen, and I headed out and got to the SGV at around 11:00.
We decided to first stop into the San Gabriel Superstore and look around. Spotting Yum Cha and seeing it not too full, I headed in and forced myself to a good position. I wanted to try Sweet Brown Sugar (or whatever) Rice Cake. I used the right name when I pointed to it and asked for it from some guy behind the counter who promptly...disappeared never to return. Finally, I asked a lady for one. I said "brown" three times and pointed to it on the menu. The cakes I got were oddly stark white. But they were good. I don't think it was the right thing, but Cullen and I enjoyed them, nonetheless. Interesting texture.
We wandered around the store a it, looking at all the yummy stuff and amazing selection of, well, everything. Our little 99 Ranch and Greenland Markets are far, far less interesting to me now! I found a sign that was finally truth in advertising "Aisle 14 b, cookies, canned fish and junk food" as well as the darned niftiest cookies ever- 30 boudoirs, Love Story and Love Letters, all on the same shelf. At only $1.99 a box, bliss can be yours!
We got to Ocean 888 at around 11:30, and sat right down, right near where the carts come out. Some people would hate a spot by the kitchen, but I liked getting first look. We had:
Pie Gwut over rice (pork spare rib with some sort of sausage), shrimp and green onion gow, sweet pork bun (not a bao, smaller and glazed) , Fried rice noodle cake, fried taro cake with shrimp, Don fu faa (steamed tofu in sweet ginger syrup), squid curry, lightly cooked octopus over adzuki beans (I wrapped my beans in the octopus) Shrimp rice balls, eggplant stuffed with shrimp, sesame lotus jin dui (balls), daan taat (egg custard tart) and laai wong bao (egg custard bao). ..and some other stuff I don't remember right now. Everything was AMAZING!
I wanted chicken feet and tripe, but I was darn near exploding by then. Also, Cullen turned a little coward o me, and the cart ladies weren't so much showing this white girl the more fun items so much as flashing them at me quickly. I almost had to drag the squid and octopus onto the table myself. They just pretty much refused me the duck tongue and didn't open the lids of the tripe cart.
We had to take two of the egg custard balls with us. We paid around $40, which shocked Cullen, who predicted $80. I used Ubergeek's lovely little advice page to say a few butchered words, mostly thanks and saying names of a few dishes. It helped with my "Dim Sum Cred" in the end, sort of. Thanks Uber!
And no peanut interaction at all!
Next time we can manage such a feat, we head to Mei Long Village!
I tired to get picture of everything, but sadly, a lot just didn't turn out too well. Here's what I salvaged:
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