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Yup, just what this board needs: another post about dim sum!!!!

hch_nguyen | Jan 20, 2007 12:21 AM

Well, after lurking for many months, I've finally decided to post since I enjoy reading these boards so much. I have to add in my two cents about that delectable culinary ritual known as dim sum...

I must say that one of the worse dim sum experiences I've ever had took place not too long ago at Empress Pavilion. Boy, you would think that a place that has been around this long and with that many customers could get their operational logistics hammered out. First off, they only validate parking for one hour. That doesn't even cover our wait time. Strike one.

We were at the actual table for nearly two hours and not a single one of the dishes that we like came by our table. No har gouw, no shiu mai, no turnip cake, no cheung fun....It seems the cart ladies just go about randomly and pay no attention to the tables they've been by, and the ones that did come by seemed to be "out" of everything. Let me tell you, this frustrated us to no end. Don't they know which dishes are more popular than others? Of course, I was not squeamish about trying other dishes that came by the table, but my companion was. I finally couldn't take it anymore and just got up and went up to the carts as they came out of the kitchen if I knew they had what I liked. This definitely diminished the entire experience. Strikes 2 and 2.5.....

But it's all about the food right??? Well, I can say I could've overlooked all previous strikes had the food been good enough, but, was not to be....The cheung fun looked like someone chewed it up and spat it out onto the dish -- very unappetizing, needless to say. We were brave, however, and it ended up not tasting that bad, but it was obviously slopped onto the plate with about as much care as would fit on the head of a pin. Over all, the food was just so-so. Strike 3!

I really wish they could get their act together. I don't like having to go to Monterey Park from the westside for my dim sum fix, but all things considered.....

Also, a couple of random, curious things. I've had dim sum in lots of places (Toronto, New York, Los Angeles) but, believe it or not, nothing beats a little restaurant that I've been going to for 15 years in my hometown of Houston. Also, and this is really odd, as far as dim sum goes, everything's a little costlier in Houston except the chinese broccoli. I can't believe the outrageous prices they charge for a little broccoli here. I can't bring myself to pay $6.00 for a little veggie...try as I might, I just can't. A dish of gai lan runs $2.75 in H-town. I wonder if their cost is higher for that particular dish here, although I doubt it...

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