Max Jacobson’s article on dim sum restaurants reinforces two of my axioms about Chinese restaurants in L.A.:
1--There are no good Chinese restaurants west of Chinatown.
2--Never listen to a round-eyes’ recommendation of Chinese restaurants.
Many dishes described by Max are not dim sum, which are Cantonese. Pot stickers are northern dishes. The prices are outrageous compared to some of the best dim sum restaurants in Monterey Park.
Max even made the hilarious mistake of saying that some dim sum could have been bigger. Dim sum are, by definition, small and delicate. Any apprentice can make a big piece of bao (bread), but it takes a chef to craft a small and delicate piece of art work.
Send Max to Hong Kong to serve penance.