China Red - Dim Sum in Arcadia
One of the things that I like to, but not always have time to do, is dim sum with friends. Either I'm free during the week (and friends are working) or they want to go and wait 45 minutes for a table. Ahh, memories of the long wait times at Empress Pavilion in the 90's...
Thankfully, Kristie Hang has written "The Ultimate Guide to Dim Sum in the San Gabriel Valley" and China Red is on her list. It's a fairly new restaurant and a place I've heard a couple other people talk about. During the time I lived in Arcadia, this spot next to the KFC, has changed many many times. Based on what I had today, this place is a winner, unless the management totally F%#$ it up!
For those of you who like the carts and selecting what you want, there are no carts here, just an order sheet. With suggestions from Kristie Hang, here's a bit of what was ordered:
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Steamed Beef Noodle Roll
The noodle roll is very good and I'm sure
that the other fillings are good too.
Shrimp and Pork Dumpling
Had to try for comparison, nothing really different,
just another good dumpling.
Great texture and colorful inside.
Here's the items I really liked:
Was served warm, very flaky crust.
Hopefully this is how they're served
to each table.
Baked BBQ Pork Bao
After seeing pictures of places in Hong Kong,
I've wanted to try this style.
A bit larger than a golf ball (or so),
loved the baked pastry. A bit expensive
(if my memory is correct, $2.35 for 3)
but it was a nice treat and will order again.
The menu here is not huge, but they have a good variety
of items. Our orders came to the table hot,
they must start steaming when the order comes in.
Tea charge here is $1.20 per person,
if you don't drink tea, let them know,
otherwise you'll be charged.
My suggestion, if you plan to come for dim sum, visit early...
855 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
Limited parking in the back.
Photos by Jay Terauchi
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