Brother Monkey moved to the Hollywood Hills, so when Mama Monkey and her husband came to visit the new house, we all headed to Bao Dim Sum House on Beverly Boulevard because it was much closer than the San Gabriel Valley.
Our gamble paid off. Even though Bao Dim Sum House is far more expensive than anything you'll find in the SGV, it sufficiently satisfied our craving. Even Mama Monkey and Stepdad Monkey agreed. I knew, despite its location, it was the real deal when I overheard Chinese being shouted in the kitchen.
Spare ribs in black bean sauce with taro ($5.50).
Sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf ($4.95).
Pork and shrimp shumai ($5.25).
Baked BBQ pork bun ($4.95).
Baby bok choy with garlic ($6.75).
Crispy scallion pancake ($4.25).
Crystal shrimp dumpling ($4.95).
Shrimp-stuffed tofu ($4.95).
Juicy pork dumpling ($4.95).
Tofu skin roll with shrimp ($5.50).
Poached Chinese broccoli ($6.75).
Shrimp-stuffed bell pepper ($4.95).
Crispy seafood noodles ($8.75).
Crispy calamari with salt and pepper ($6.75).
Radish cake with Chinese sausage ($4.75).
Is Bao Dim Sum House better than our tried-and-true SGV haunts like Sea Harbour and Elite? Of course not. But it's an enjoyable Hollywood substitute as long as you turn a blind eye to the higher bill.