The last time we went to Hong Kong Palace (19101 Colima Road, Rowland Heights) was Christmas, and today Mama Monkey, Brother Monkey, Mr. Monkey, and I went again for one thing: Smurf Houses!
If you are a loyal reader, you know full well that I'm talking about crispy skin almond tea, the most divine hot and sweet treat that modern Chinese cuisine has to offer.
Look at it. Beautiful. Golden. Puffy. Flaky.
We ate a bunch of other things at dim sum, too.
Luo bo gao. Daikon radish cake. Crispy fried deliciousness.
Shao mai. Savory meaty goodness.
Pai gu. Little spare ribs that pack a punch.
Tofu skin rolls. Good for your tastebuds, good for your health.
Xia jiao. A shrimpy favorite.
Chang fen. Sweet pork enveloped in a big rice noodle. Mmm.
Jie lan. Chinese broccoli drizzled with oyster sauce. Yum.
Xian xui jiao. One of my all-time favorites -- fried glutinous dumplings.
Crispy pork with fresh cucumbers. Grease meets crisp freshness.
Cai jian bao. Pan fried dumplings infused with leafy greens.
Fried noodles. Oily pasta never tasted so good.
Cha shao su. Amazingly flaky and perfect.
Ma tuan. Chewy, sweet, and drool-inducing.
Hong Kong Palace is absolutely packed on the weekends during lunch. It's no wonder because the restaurant's dim sum is better than dinner. And, while the dim sum is reliable, the star of the show really is the Smurf House, which is the only reason we come here.
My advice is to arrive early or to be a total jerk and walk right in and sit down, as we saw several parties do, much to the dismay of all the rest of us who were waiting patiently for our numbers to be called.
Lucky for us, when certain jerks tried to swipe our table when our number was up, Brother Monkey blocked them.