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Takeout or "Fast Casual" Dim Sum in the SGV?


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Takeout or "Fast Casual" Dim Sum in the SGV?

JohnS43 | Aug 8, 2007 09:51 PM

Sometimes I have a craving for dim sum (mostly bao, egg custards, siu mai, har gow, etc.) but don't want to go to a restaurant (especially if I'm by myself.) And I don't always want the quantity of items that comes in a typical serving. Is there a place in the central SGV (say, between the 60 and the 210, five miles or so east or west of the 605 where I could get either takeout dim sum, or order from a counter then eat in a "no table service" atmosphere? I'm hesitant about some of the bakeries that carry dim sum, because they don't seem to keep items that might spoil easily (e.g., things with meat or seafood fillings) at a proper temperature (either warm or cold.) I did try a self-serve Chinese bakery in Toronto once and lived to tell about it, but I'm less adventuresome these days.

I've gotten carryout dim sum at Grandview Palace in Pasadena and at some little shack on Atlantic in Monterey Park, but I'd prefer something a little closer to home. Another type of place I've seen elsewhere (specifically the Ronald Reagan Bldg. food court in DC) is a fast food dim sum "buffet" where you choose your own items and pay by the weight of the plate. I've never seen anything like that around here.

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