New Friends and Old LA Tradition

By Dorte Lambert – Food Enthusiast

Empress Pavilion-Dim Sum
988 N. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Moving back to the west side of town was the best thing I have done in a long time. I live in great community where I have made so many new friends, it’s quite amazing. Most of us met while walking our dogs or while enjoying coffee that our building provides for us every morning by the pool. Sound to good to be true? It really does exist. Our new found friendship adventures and gatherings have included many glasses of wine at 5pm, girl’s day out shopping, cozy parties at other’s apartments and yes, boats too.

On one Saturday morning gathering down on the docks, a few of us got on the subject of dim sum and within minutes a plan was made. We were a group of 8, setting our GPS’s and caravanning to the highly recommended Empress Pavilion in downtown, Chinatown.


Empress Pavilion has been around for many years and is know as “the Grand Dame of Dim Sum”. We were warmly greeted and got a table right away. The service here is extremely quick and even before we were settled the dim sum carts were already swarming around our table.
Most of us had been to dim sum before and each had our favorite we were looking forward to. Shrimp hargow, pork bao (steamed bbq. pork buns), shumai (dumplings stuffed with pork, shrimp and scallop) rice noodles stuffed with shrimp, chinese broccoli in oyster sauce, and the list goes on and on. Don’t miss the delicious egg custard tarts.

Dim Sum means touch the heart and was originally not a main meal, only a snack. Therefore only meant to touch the heart. It is now a staple of Cantonese dining culture, especially in Hong Kong where it is served usually for breakfast into the early afternoon. We Angelenos are so fortunate to boast many good dim sum restaurants in China Town and a plethora in the San Gabriel Valley. If you don’t live near either, I highly recommend taking a drive. We did!

So full, so delicious and so fun. Love my new friends and loved the per person price!


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By Dorte Lambert – Food Enthusiast

Image Credits:image 1,3 and 4.  Empress Pavilion;  Image 2. The Geeks Office

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