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 King Hua Restaurant in Alhambra

It’s been years since I’ve had dim sum here.  A couple of friends wanted a dim sum brunch over Veterans Day weekend, so I suggest here.  Dim sum was good with some nice variations of traditional dim sum dishes offered, such as the Egg Custard Tarts with Birds Nest (which were lighter and less sweet than the regular or Macanese versions), Deep Fried Glutenous Rice Balls with Egg Yolk Cream, and Deep Fried Lotus Root Puffs.  However, they are a bit pricier than many of their nearby competitors such as Lunasia, Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum.

Website:  King Hua Restaurant

Egg Custard Tarts with Birds Nest:

Deep Fried Taro Puffs with Ground Pork:
Pan Fried Turnip (Daikon, White Radish) Cakes:
Har Gow (Steamed Shrimp Dumplings):
Siu Mai (Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling):
Blanched Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce:
Lo Sui Op (Braised Duck with Tofu):
Steamed Shrimp & Pea Tips Dumplings:
Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce with Peanuts:
Stewed Ox Belly Casserole with Rice Noodle Rolls:
Egg Rolls:

Steamed Rice Noodles with Chicken & Bitter Melon:
Baked BBQ Pork Buns:
Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings with Roe:
Steamed Rice Noodles with Shrimp:
Steamed Beef Meatballs:
Deep Fried Egg Tofu with Spicy Sauce:
Deep Fried Seafood Salad Roll:
Deep Fried Durian Puffs:
Deep Fried Lotus Root Puffs:
Baked BBQ Pork Pastry:
Wolfberry and Chrysanthumum Gelatin:
Steamed Buns with Salty Egg Yolk Cream:

Deep Fried Glutenous Rice Balls with Salty Egg Yolk Cream: