Dim sum doesn’t roll on carts at this temple to tea snacks; instead the jewel-like dumplings, noodles and other refined small plates are pictured on the extensive, often-changing menu. Hard-core foodies choose the crunchy fried chicken knees and gelatinous chicken feet. For more mainstream eaters, such seafood dishes as shrimp-stuffed eggplant, tofu rounds topped with scallops and shrimp and shark fin dumplings are standouts. Finish the meal with dessert-like dim sum, such as fried durian puffs, flaky egg tarts and the unusual lowfat milk bun. Waits can be long, but reservations and private rooms are available.
3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, 626.288.3939, Chinese/seafood/dim sum. L & D daily. Full bar. AE, MC, V. $$