Thanks to CH's for this jewel in the SGV.
"Yum Cha Cafe" in the San Gabriel Superstore on the corner of San Gabriel Blvd. and Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel. Look for the Indian casino buses parked on Valley Blvd.
Opens 8:00am. Located inside the southeastern corner of the store.
No carts here...kind of like McDonald's. Looks like mass confusion, but take a number walk up to the counter and point & pick or use the fill-in menu to place your order. They'll ask you if you want to take out (lots of people taking out or taking on the casino bus) or eat in and they'll put it on a tray (plenty of tables).
Most of the dim sum items are 99 cents/order and more variety than you'll see at any dim sum restaurant. Their steamed black bean spare ribs(99 cents) are meatier (with no pieces of taro filler) than any of the high end dim sum places. Granted some of the items may be smaller and may not be up to the standards of the high end dim sum places, but for what it lacks you make up in savings. Sure you're going to eat off of styrofoam plates and use disposable chop sticks. Definitely not the kind of place for a family gathering, but a place to go if you want a good cheap dim sum fix. For less than $10 two people can easily have a dim sum feast.
Tea is 25 cents (jasmine or black)...but I see the "regulars" who order the large bowl's of soup ask for an extra styrofoam bowl and use that to get their tea.
I say "then some" because they have a variety of soups(w/regular noodles or rice noodles) and jooks for $2.99 and the are bowls big enough for two. $3.99 and up and they have plate lunches with rice and BBQ items like chicken, duck, pork or roast pig (I noticed everyday they bring out a whole pig). They've also got a take out section for duck, chicken, BBQ pork and roast pig. Also a counter that probably opens around lunch time that sells Bahn Mi, Asian drinks, deserts and ice cream.
The San Gabriel Superstore main anchor tenant is the grocery store which compares in size and selection to a Ranch 99 and many other boutique stores selling everything from cell phones to perfumes.
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