Gorgeous photos as always, @Chowseeker1999! How was the gai lan?
No I wasn’t, sorry. We were there on Saturday, I just didn’t get a chance to post. Thanks again for the rec on the French Taro Buns.
The Chinese Broccoli was good. Perfectly cooked as usual (still had a bit of firmness and slight crunch, but tender at the same time). It’s a great counter to all the other Dim Sum.
If you like Taro, you must try those French-style Sweet Taro Buns that ipse recommended! So good!
Nice! We made it to Elite as well a few times. Also pretty good. FYI, Sea Harbour also is order from the menu (not on carts), so it’s fresher.
Maybe a stupid question, but, can one dine as a solo diner at Sea Harbour for dim sum?
Indeed possible, but it’s a muuuuch better value if you have like 4 or 5 others with you.
Dim sum served by carts are now considered relics of the past in most high end dim sum in Asia (and becoming so in North America, too). At the cartless places, the order is placed by menu and cooked to order, and brought to table from kitchen hot and fresh (instead of making who-knows-how-many rounds around the dining room in a heat lamp on the cart before it’s picked).
definitely, though the ideal number for the perfectionists, so as to maximize the number of different things to try, is complicated by the fact that when it comes to some items such as ha gao or siu mai, there are typically 4 distinct pieces, but with other orders, there are often only 3, or when cut, such as chang fun or beef balls, etc., still in multiples of 3. that would seem to make a total of 12 ideal (where you can divide evenly by 3 or 4 or 6), but then you have logistical problems trying to get 11 other people to show up at the same time…
8 is the ideal number in my view. You get two of the 4-piece items and triple up on the 3-piece items as necessary. And while you make it into the reservation window with 8 people at most places, you can also all still chat and not have the table get too hectic. Also, while I haven’t gone in a group as large as 12 in a long, long time, my memory is that many places in the SGV didn’t have that many tables set aside for groups that large. If that’s still true, if you don’t have a reservation (or are going to a place that doesn’t take them) you might get stuck behind other large groups.
It’s almost always my husband and me so we’re duty bound to eat TOO much. I’ve gone for dim sum a time or two by myself and was always unhappy. I got so full so fast. But we’ve discovered that a fair number of the dishes will MW fine.
that’s why party of 3 is perfect - so they can each have 1 and I can have 2.
All of you who say, you need more than one person – be it 3, 4 or (gack!) 12 – are just neophytes at this. P’shaw.
Fuck’em all @Aesthete. Go alone, order up, and eat. Just remember. Pace yourself. Nothing wrong with spending 3-4 hours (or even 5!) on dim sum alone. The people watching alone would be worth it (even sans food).
Just remember, tip $1 more* for each 10 minutes you are there beyond the one-hour mark.
(*“More” meaning in addition to whatever you consider a typical gratuity would be on the total bill, i.e., 15%, 20%, etc.)
if you eat more slowly you are more likely to eat less; gorging also involves speed - it does for me, anyway.
Good to know, @Chowseeker1999! Chinese broccoli is one of my absolute faves. Will definitely try the French-style taro buns. Thanks for the recommendations!
Agree. “They” (the diet people) will tell you to stop eating before you get full. And to do that by eating slowly. We eat quickly to get all our faves in before we’re ready to explode
I find it’s easier to just ignore the fact that I am full.
Actually, you’ll just eat the same amount. But it’ll take you longer.
I just eat 'til I’m blue in the face.
I’m blue in the face before I start eating.