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Capital Seafood Dim Sum in Monterey Park and Ajisen Ramen in Temple City

Alice | Mar 6, 200604:38 PM

We went to Capital Seafood Dim Sum per recommendations from this board. The parking there was terrible, but surprisingly there wasn't a wait. The restaurant is VERY ornately decorated and maybe a little over the top with all of the gold, but it did look nice. Service was pretty good. The food overall was very good and everyone in our party enjoyed it. The bill came out to about $11 a person as well, so very reasonable. Some highlights: The chicken feet were great, we had two orders - probably my favorite. The shrimp dumplings were good but they weren't just shrimp. The tsang fen (the burrito like-if you will wrapped with shrimp or meat) were good. Pretty normal. We also had tofu shrimp which was tasty, shau mai which they gave you 5 and they were good, the shao long bao, which mine broke so the juices didn't get to burst in my mouth, sadly. The egg custard tarts were fresh out of the oven, so flakey and delicious. They ran out of the sweet ginger tofu dessert. Their pork steamed buns were very good because the bun had a great consistency and wasn't soggy from the condensation or the meat. The meat was juicy and went very well with the chewy but soft bun. The pork spare ribs were tasty as well. They did a good job on all the dim sum dishes. I'd go back again. They didn't have my favorite shrimp balls covered in rice (they have this at Full House in Arcadia and VIP Harbor in West LA).

Ajisen Ramen - very cute logo. Grand opening of this restaurant on Las Tunas near Encinatas, after Rosemead. We had the California roll which was smothered in the fish eggs, which was very good for California roll - I'd definitely recommend it- good size rolls too. We also had the beef rolled with enoki mushroom, which was good as well, but I wasn't blown away. We each had a bowl of ramen and I had the tomato chicken ramen. The tomato soup broth was very good, but the ramen was a little bit on the too soft side. It didn't have a chewy elastic consistency that I expect ramen to have. It was more like Chinese noodle, but still tasty.

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