Thank you all so much for all the help and advice you gave to make my first Dim Sum experience go smoothly.
My husband and I studied your comments and took notes. We...there were 3 of us....went prepared with a cheat sheet. Not that we used it.
We got there early. I knew it was a good sign when we saw a bus load of Tibetan Monks getting off in front of the restaurant. Now mind you there were a bus load so while it was a good sign I figured I'd better scury to get in the restaurant and ducked in before they all got off the bus. They had a private room. I felt a little ashamed.
We were promply seated and ordered tea. We were also asked if we'd like forks which we refused. The tea was constantly refilled along with our cups throughout the meal. I like green tea and drink it often. The tea at Ocean Palace was ok, but it in no way dampened our experience.
Now let me tell you I can be a little impulsive and excitable. Not necessarily good traits when you have women pushing carts that are filled with good smelling food. Right off I picked 3 baskets from the first 2 carts. Chicken feet was my first pick...I just had to try. They were delicious in spite of the bones. These actually were my husband's favorite. I also picked Shrimp Dumplings and BBQ Pork in a sweet bun. All were very good, but we had only been there 5 minutes. I decided right there and then I'd better not even look at the carts. I left the rest to my husband and daughter.
They ordered Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, pork dumplings, red beans in a fried dough, and then pork bean curd skin roll.
There was also a counter where you could get chow mein, vegetables, the blood cubes, pork patties along with other things, but by the time we noticed it all we were stuffed.
You can see we made a few mistakes so when I go again and yes I will be going. I will go to the counter and get the vegetables and possibly chow mein. I will also go at a later hour. By going early the restaurant was pretty empty so there were cart jams and they were almost coming too often for my impulsive nature.
Once again thank you for all your help.