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888 Seafood

Das Ubergeek | Aug 28, 200507:37 PM

So this morning we headed out to a friend's house, there to congregate and worship at the Church of Brunch, Chinese Denomination. We ended up at 888 on Valley Blvd. in Rosemead.

I wouldn't get there before 11:00 AM again... the best selection started at 11:00. It's cheaper than NBC or Ocean Star and the people are nicer.

Amazingly, they had pork xiao long bao. I thought the only place to get XLB was at Din Tai Fung, which entailed a ludicrous wait, ruinous prices, and horrible service. They weren't as large as DTF's, but they had a very tender wrapper, unlike the chewy ones that one sometimes gets at DTF.

They had honest-to-God New York-style egg rolls, not the disgusting mealy flat kind, nor "spring rolls".

The sweet tofu with ginger honey sauce was exquisite.

The roast pork was very, very good, as were the baked char siu bao (the kind with sweet sauce brushed over the top). The Chinese sausage bao, which are my favourite, weren't full of chunks of unrendered fat like the ones at Ocean Star.

They did NOT have shu mai, which I thought was a little odd, and their har gow were chewy -- two of the standards of white people eating dim sum. The pineapple buns, I'm told, were very dry. I don't like them very much, so I never eat them.

One nice thing is that they served sauces with nearly everything, unlike NBC where you're apparently expected to dunk everything in hot sauce and soy sauce. The jellyfish came with spiced vinegar. The barbecued duck came with duck sauce and various pickle, etc.

I'd definitely go back -- around 11 AM this time -- and I'd recommend it. Don't be intimidated by the crowd in front, the line moves incredibly quickly.

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