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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Roasted Pork Belly with Pickled Vegetables
Siu Mai (Pork & Shrimp Dumpling)
Mixed Seafood Balls (ground pork, shrimp, fish paste)
Pan Fried Stuffed Bell Peppers (with shrimp paste and black bean sauce)
Baked BBQ Pork Bun
Sponge Cake (made with brown sugar)
Beef Rice Noodle Roll
Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)
Roast Duck with Plum Sauce
Pan Fried Turnip Cakes
Pot Stickers (Pork)
Pan Fried Chinese Chives Dumpling (with shrimp and pork)
Ham Sui Gok (Fried Glutenous RIce Dumplings with pork)
Shrimp Spring Rolls
Dim Sum is $2.78 per item on weekdays (except special items such as roast pork belly and roast duck), and $3.18 per item on weekends and holidays
Knife Cut Noodling at Shanxi Noodle House in City of Industry
In the East San Gabriel Valley, more and more Asian restaurants are popping up all over from La Puente to Walnut, and from Northern Chinese cuisine to Burmese. Shanxi Noodle House isn’t a newcomer. They’ve been in business for over about 2 years now, only having been discovered by me, when a friend and I needed to find a place to grab a bite while on our way home from checking out the superblooms along the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore back in March of this year. Searching through Yelp, we stumbled upon their listing, which has been awarded a good number of 4 and 5 star reviews from Yelpers, and decided to give them a try. The result was enjoying the wonderful layers of flavors as well as different textures in the dishes we tried, particularly of the Crispy Potatoes with Oat Flour Noodle Rolls. After that night, we came back for more. The noodles and dumplings are all house made, and the knife cut noodles are made to order.
Machine knife cuts noodles
Dumplings are all house made
Pan Fried Noodles with Beef
Sliced Potatoes with Knife Cut Oat Flour Noodles
Stir Fried “A” Choy
Pan Fried Dumplings (Potstickers)
Pork & Chinese Chives Meat Pie
Beef Noodle Soup
Spicy Cold Chicken
Pan Fried Potatoes with Oat Flour Noodles
Lamb Noodle Soup
Inside look of the pumpkin cakes
House made scallion rolls/pancakes
House made scallion rolls