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Hong Kong Palace

MQue | Nov 3, 200301:42 PM

Went to this Rowland Heights dim summary -- checking out S. Irene's LAT three-star praise -- on Saturday and I was not disappointed. I know hounds have their own dim sum favorites -- mine is Empress Pavillion but I've never had dim sum at Ocean Star nor Sea Harbour (Ocean Seafood, ABC and 888 are not so hot in my book). And I'm admittedly not the most dim sum-literate person on this board. Still, I would put HKP's quality at or above Empress's. My wife thought it was better. The selection was great despite it being a fraction of EP's size.

Got there at noon on Saturday fully expecting an hour wait and just about getting it. Started with Har Gow and Siu Mai -- both juicy, delicious and and wrappers were delicate. Had this interesting pastry thing I never had before -- a very flaky, sesame seed covered finger-long pie-dough thing with BBQ pork inside. The filling was skimpy but the crust was great. The Chinese broccoli was perfect not overdone, not tough. My only complaint is that I filled up quickly and couldn't muster the space for some lovely looking turnip cakes, fried squid, fried noodles and a soup of clear broth, rice noodles and pork. I believe Virbila said everyone at HKP was chewing on chicken feet during her visits but there were none to be had. For tripe fans, there was a cart circling around with many takers.

Don't want to get too long here, but I think it's worth the trip east. I know I'm going back to get what I missed on my first visit.

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