Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant 黃金閣海鮮酒樓 in Monterey Park, CA

Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant 黃金閣海鮮酒樓 in Monterey Park, CA

One of the more popular places in the San Gabriel Valley for dim sum because of its pricing (it is one of the less expensive places for dim sum these days).  Most of the dim sum items are priced at $3.18 per item (specialty items such as Roast Pork Belly and Roast Duck cost $6.32 each), and these prices are good for weekends and holidays.  However, if you are able to have dim sum during the weekdays, then pricing is substantially lower at $2.78 per item, or $5.56 for the specialty items.

Dim sum is served in carts that weave through rows of tables throughout the restaurant.  If you come during the peak dim sum brunch hours of 11:00am and 1:00pm, then you will be able to order any dim sum listed on their dim sum menu.  During the rest of the time, the less traditional dim sum items such as the Deep Fried Green Tea Balls with Pumpkin and Pan Fried Fish Cake with Corn are not offered.

Two of the dishes that are a stand out for me are their Pan Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers made with shrimp pasted and a black bean sauce, and the Pan Fried Turnip Cake.  Both are delicious, and the Pan Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers are a rarity these days as not all dim sum palaces serve this dish anymore, and for some who do, they would use jalapeno peppers instead.  Jalapenos give the dish a slightly different flavor profile, and the spiciness of the jalapenos overpower the delicate flavor of the shrimp past.

Service here is attentive and responsive, and the quality of most dim sum is quite good.  Sometimes you may get items such as the Har Gow and the Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls overcooked, and the rice flour wrap becomes gummy and soggy.

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Dim Sum at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant 海港大酒樓 in Rosemead, CA

Dim Sum at Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant 海港大酒樓 in Rosemead, CA

Sea Harbour was always considered as one of the best places to go for dim sum in the Greater Los Angeles area since it opened.  However, I did not like the dim sum I had during my last visit in December 2016.

Today, a long time friend wanted good dim sum, and I decided to Sea Harbour another chance, and this visit changed my mind again about them.  The dim sum was well prepared and tasted delicious.  A far cry from my last visit.

Only issues I was with the specialty dim sum dishes they offered (Shrimp Dumpling with Gold Leaf, and Steamed Salted Egg Yolk Bun with Gold Foil).  Though they tasted good, one may not be able to held and wonder if that’s enough to justify spending the extra money on dim sum.

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Dim Sum at China Red in Arcadia

China Red is one of the newer dim sum palaces that has opened in the San Gabriel Valley in the last 5 years, where one orders their selection off of a form.  They serve up traditional dim sum items such as Har Gow, Siu Mai, Cheung Fun; as well as Northern Chinese items (xiao long bao/soup dumplings and pan fried buns/san jian bao) and their own creations such as the Purple Yam Balls with Egg Yolk Cream.

Some of the dumplings are huge and well made.  The Purple Yam Balls are filled with a piping hot, molten, savory but sweet egg yolk custard.  Bite into it to expose the center of hot, liquidy goodness.

Negatives about this place for me is parking (much like many other dim sum palaces — they’re not big enough to accommodate the numbers flocking to them for weekend dim sum brunches), pan fried dumplings/potstickers (not crispy on one side, and rather bland), and the heavier use of MSG, as I ended up with a dry mouth and became thirsty for much of the afternoon.  

Siu Mai/Xiao Mai (pork, shrimp, fish roe)
Hom Sui Gok/Fried Glutinous Rice Dumplings (ground pork, shitake mushrooms, dried shrimp)

Har Gow (shrimp dumplings)

Siu Long Bao/Xiao Long Bao/Soup Dumplings (pork)

Shrimp Egg Rolls (Worchestershire sauce for dipping)

Shrimp & Asparagus Cheung Fun/Rice Noodle Wraps (light soy sauce for dipping)

Fung Jao/Braised Chicken Feet

China Red’s Baked BBQ Pork Bun (with a mildly sweet top crust)

Potstickers/Pan Fried Dumplings (pork)

San Jian Bao/Pan Fried Bun (pork, with dark vinegar dipping sauce)

Steamed Leek Dumplings (Chinese leeks, shrimp)

Loh Bok Go/Pan Fried Turnip Cake (turnip/daikon, Chinese sausage/lop cheung)

Steamed Preserved Vegetable Dumplings (with shrimp and fish roe)

Purple Yam Balls with Egg Yolk Cream

Steamed Baos with Egg Yok Cream