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Dive into a basket full of San Gabriel Valley dim sum

Rice in lotus leaf and shrimp dumplings are among the varied dim sum offerings in the San Gabriel Valley. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)
Rice in lotus leaf and shrimp dumplings are among the varied dim sum offerings in the San Gabriel Valley. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Why: Dim sum is a brunch parade of Chinese tastes. There's no better place to enjoy California dim sum than Los Angeles County's San Gabriel Valley, where several cities boast populations of 40% or more Chinese Americans. And in this territory, NBC Seafood of Monterey Park is an institution.

What: NBC Seafood, a vast Cantonese banquet hall in a busy mall on Atlantic Boulevard, serves dim sum daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diners pick dishes in baskets from an armada of circulating food carts, sipping tea between bites. The options are almost endless (including Jell-O and pickled chicken feet).

 (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)
(Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times)

On my last visit, besides the usual shrimp-crab-pork-beef-broccoli-rice-dumpling favorites, I tried the boiled beef stomach (which was chewy, like octopus). Next time, maybe the chicken palm in abalone sauce...

Where: 404 S. Atlantic Blvd., Monterey Park, seven miles east of downtown L.A.

How much: Most main dishes $15-$20.

Info: NBC Seafood

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