SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
Do you ever get tired of eating the same ol’ continental breakfast for brunch? Change up your brunch game by trying out dim sum – a traditional Cantonese brunch cuisine. At the following restaurants, you will be able to try many small dishes (dim sums), each of which come in a tray with about four pieces and can vary in price depending on the type and size of the dish. In traditional dim sum restaurants, you will need to order them by hailing down food carts that get pushed around the restaurant.
1. Ocean Seafood Restaurant
We start with Ocean Seafood Restaurant, an authentic, traditional dim sum restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown. They serve all of our favorite dim sum dishes, such as Har Gao, Shumai, chicken feet (don’t judge before you try them!), and shrimp rice noodle roll. They also have a large vegetarian dim sum selection that includes highlights such as spinach dumpling, snow pea leaves dumpling and rice noodles. And while it’s technically not a dim sum, the restaurant is known for honey walnut shrimp, which consists of crispy shrimp tossed with sweet creamy sauce and paired with fresh, caramelized honeyed walnuts.
Tip: In addition to the dim sum, be sure to try the honey walnut shrimp.
Address: 750 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Average Price: $10
2. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant is one the most well-known dim sum restaurant in San Gabriel Valley. They offer everything from Chinese appetizers, such as preserved sliced pork and chicken feet with angelica (ginseng) in meat broth, to dim sums, fried rice and seafood. They also offer special dim sums, such as truffle pork, shrimp dumpling, and steamed rice noodle with shredded chicken and bitter lemon.
Tip: Order the House No.1 Baked BBQ Pork Bun and Baked Low Fat Milk Bun. Also, if you love durian, make sure to try the deep fried durian pastry.
Average Price: $10
Address: 3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770
3. Lunasia Chinese Cuisine
If you’re already a big fan of the dim sum cuisine, but want a more modern experience in an Americanized setting, there is no place we’d recommend more than Lunasia Chinese Cuisine. Located in Alhambra, Lunasia features upscale interior and comfort seating. As opposed to ordering from a cart, a waiter will take your order and deliver your dim sum order to you table just as in any other sit-down restaurants. Besides these differences, the restaurant serves all of your favorite and authentic dim sum dishes. We personally recommend you try their Shumai, steamed barbecue pork buns and golden egg yolk buns.
Tip: Wait can be long during the weekends, so you may want to go early to avoid >1-hour wait.
Average Price: $15-20
Address: 500 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801
4. Elite Restaurant
Elite Restaurant is a high-end dim sum restaurant located in San Gabriel Valley. They offer a variety of unique, premium dim sum options, such as Crystal shrimp Har Gow, Crystal shrimp rice noodle, pork Shumai and sticky rice lotus leaf wrap. Their signature dish, which is the Crystal shrimp rice noodle, is made of crispy fried shrimp wrapped in a thin rice noodle roll. It’s the perfect dim sum to dip in either soy sauce or hoisin sauce, which is sweet and salty in taste. Even if you don’t usually order desert, we highly recommend you order the refreshing rose coconut cake and crystal sweet cake.
Tip: Line up early in the weekends to avoid the long wait time (~1 hour)
Address: 700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Average Price: $10-15
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5. Golden Pouch
For our final pick, we recommend Golden Pouch, a new Korean fusion dim sum restaurant located in Korea Town. Geared towards younger generation of dim sum lovers, Golden Pouch is open late and provides customers iPads to place their order. Their dim sum dishes combine the simplicity of dim sum craft with the bold Korean-infused taste that makes you stop questioning the meaning of life. (Ok, perhaps we went overboard there, but seriously, they’re absolutely delicious!) In particular, we recommend the spicy cheese chicken bun, Sriracha Bulgogi egg roll and Kimchi Shao Mai. Enjoy it in the outside patio or inside the cozy trailer.
Tip: Order the Kimchi Shao Mai. You can thank us later.
Average Price: $15-20
Address: 3324 W 6th St E-1, Los Angeles, CA 90020
@HangryDiary are the sister-sister pairing of Jocelyn and Justine. Their passion for exploring new restaurants inspired them to become food bloggers after graduating from USC and UCLA, respectively. They were raised in Hong Kong but moved to Los Angeles to study. You can often find them eating at the hottest restaurants in town and taking an obscene amount of time to shoot that perfect angle.