Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sea Harbour: Favorite Dim Sum in the US

After a huge shabu shabu dinner at home yesterday on New Years Day, we drove east to Sea Harbour in Rosemead for dim sum this morning.  Sea Harbour is always packed with long lines so we arrived at opening in order to be seated right away.  Adam and Christina are big dim sum fans, and I think Sea Harbour is the best dim sum I've ever had in the US (at least LA, SF and NYC).  Hong Kong obviously has the best dim sum in the world, but I hear that Vancouver is pretty darn close has the best dim sum in North America, and in fact the dim sum chef at Sea Harbour originally came from Vancouver.  I just find that the dim sum is more delicate at Sea Harbour, with the better quality ingredients (especially the shrimp, meat and wrappings), and also doesn't result in the dreaded post-dim sum MSG hangover headache.  You order off a menu, as opposed to a cart, but I find that the dishes are more freshly made this way.  My favorites are the turnip cakes, short ribs in black bean sauce, deep fried chicken knee bones and shrimp long noodles.  We ordered a ton of food: all sorts of dumplings, shumai, shrimp and cha shu long noodles, chicken feet, sticky rice, chinese broccoli, two types of congee, fried taro, baked bbq pork buns, egg rolls, tripe, two types of egg custard desserts (yes, we had plenty of leftovers).  In my haste to get out the door in order to arrive before opening, I forgot my camera, so only blackberry pictures to share:
Turnip cake
Baked bbq pork buns
Chicken feet
Chinese broccoli
Shrimp and chive dumplings
Shrimp hargow
Deep fried chicken knee bones

Waiting crowd in the foyer
Waiting crowd in the outside cold
Sea Harbour
3939 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-3939

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