I'd been reading positive reviews about this dim sum place since it took over the old Sam Woo location last year, and I finally had a chance to try it out for the first time this Saturday afternoon.
There was a bit of poor timing and planning on my part, along with traffic issues where some streets were closed off due to celebrations for Chinese New Year, such that we arrived really late to the restaurant at around 2:30PM. For dim sum novices, most restaurants stop serving dim sum around 2 or 3PM, depending on when they run out of food.
When we showed up, the restaurant was still about half full, and we did see some carts moving around, so we started ordering everything that was on the carts, knowing full well that they had already run out of certain things. At 2:45PM, they had run out of food and stopped serving dim sum.
We were a bit lucky to catch the last batches of food made, so the quality of the items that we did get were really good. Standouts were the naw mai fon (sticky rice wrapped in tea leaves), which was a bit unique in also being wrapped with a plastic wrapping, perhaps to retain the heat better. Normally, we get 1 order of most items, but because I knew that the variety would be limited this late in the afternoon, we grabbed 2 of them. Good thing, because this was one of the best naw mai fon that I have gotten in a long time. Freshly hot, rice perfectly soft and sticky, steam pouring out as I unwrapped the tea leaves.
The chicken feet (phoenix claws) were also perfectly good, sucking off the soft and flavorful skin off the chicken feet. One of the best ones I've had in awhile, we should have grabbed 2 orders of this. When you see the steam coming off the chicken feet, that's when you know it'll be great.
Got a fresh order of custard pies (daan taat), too. We saw the lady carrying a tray out to load up on a cart, so we knew they were fresh. If you've never ordered daan taat when it's fresh out of the kitchen, the custard is slightly hot, and the crust is lightly crispy. Most times I order it, it's already been sitting on the cart for 10 minutes and cooled off, and the custard has hardened to resemble the consistency of soft jello. I never knew how good daan taat could be when served hot until recently, and anytime I see them loading up a cart, I immediately order it.
Other items we ordered were good or OK, as we got the last orders out of the kitchen, like the shrimp cheung fun (shrimp rice noodles), har gow, beef meatballs, pie gwut (pork spareribs), sesame fried balls.
They ran out of things like shu mai (round pork dumplings), which is one of the normal items we always get at every dim sum restaurant.
Given how late we showed up at the restaurant, I wasn't expecting much in terms of selection and quality, so I was really surprised at the overall excellent quality of the items. We didn't get to order everything that we normally would, but we expected that.
I definitely plan to come back to New Capital to try it out during the primetime dim sum periods between 11AM-1PM to see what their full selection of items looks like. This was a very positive first visit, and has moved near the top of my list for cart places like Empress Harbor, Ocean Star, and 888.
New Capital Seafood
140 W Valley #D44 (4th floor)
San Gabriel, CA
New Capital Seafood
140 W Valley Blvd Ste 212, San Gabriel, CA 91776