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Cha Shiu Bao--At Night--In Burbank

Chandavkl | Jan 3, 200604:40 PM

Since dim sum is a breakfast or lunch time fare, finding any at night in the L.A. area is near impossible. (Apparently one or two places do serve it in the evening, likely either to humor their non-Chinese customers and/or dispose of leftovers from lunchtime.) Consequently, I was stunned to find cha shiu bao available at dinnertime at of all places a restaurant called Wok of Fame in Burbank (1520 W. Olive Ave.) Frankly I had only gone by there to pay homage to the previous occupant at that location, Chow's Kosherama. But when I saw the cha shiu bao on the menu I had to order it. Surprisingly, it was very good, though pricey ($3.75 for an order of three). Of course, we can all speculate whether they prepare the bao themselves or whether they are bought from someplace else. I first suspected that some restaurants purchase their dim sum from outside sources when I bit into a bao from a now defunct restaurant in Hollywood (not where you ever would expect to find any kind of dim sum) and found a piece of ice in the center. My suspcions were confirmed at a Chinese food stand in El Monte when I tried to order some dim sum items and the Latina clerk indicated they didn't have any at the time because "the owner is out buying some right now." It is possible that Wok of Fame makes their own, since it took almost 10 minutes to prepare my order. In any event, if you have a nighttime craving and are in the area, this is pretty decent stuff. And to top it off, they have boba drinks, too.

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