SGV: Dim Sum at Grand Harbor

full spread at Grand Harbor

full spread at Grand Harbor

 

A couple of months ago, a stellar review for the newish Grand Harbor caught my attention. While I wanted to try it for dinner, I got to their dim sum first. The three of us ordered a slew of dishes and some of these were our favorite dishes.

 

crystal shrimp

crystal shrimp

 

As usual, you can’t go to dim sum and not have the standard har gow (crystal shrimp) and siu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings). The crystal shrimp were remarkably similar to the size I had growing up. These are not the gigantic ones we’re now used to seeing at spots like Shanghai No. 1 Seafood (which I adore) or Lunasia (fantastic dim sum).

siu mai

siu mai

 

As mentioned, the size of the dumplings were normal rather than leaning towards Costco-sized. The siu mai were plump and tender and quite fine.

dumplings with baby abalone

dumplings with baby abalone

 

Grand Harbor is probably best known as an abalone specialist. So according to that notion, we ordered the dumplings with baby abalone. These were delicious with good sauce. I liked that the wrappers were seaweed, giving it some chew.

fried shrimp

fried shrimp

 

Before we started our ticking off the menu madness, there were some enterprising dim sum ladies pushing their freshly fried shrimp and other things. We nabbed a plate of fried shrimp to much on while we looked over the menu. These were great and you could eat it all including the shells like potato chips.

big soup dumpling

big soup dumpling

One of our dim sum trio ordered the big soup dumpling with sea cucumber. I’ve had better but I think it would have helped a lot if it was served in a crock with a lid like how I usually see this dish. But this big open soup bowl is a much prettier presentation– minus the chipped edge.

taro cubes

taro cubes

 

I’m not entirely sure who ordered the taro cubes. It was possibly me but I thought it’d be something else. Turns out we all loved this dish anyway and I’d happily order it again. It was savory and I loved how it came in a cute pastry shell.

shrimp rice rolls

shrimp rice rolls

 

I do love the pliable noodle rolls and the shrimp cheung fun (rice rolls) were great. I was again surprised how normally sized these rolls were. After years of supersized dim sum, this seemed manageable.

dumplings

dumplings

 

I found these soup dumplings with wrappers that were too thick. I wouldn’t order these again.

Chinese broccoli

Chinese broccoli

 

My veggie loving soul ordered the Chinese broccoli to the horror of my non-veggie loving dim sum buddies. These were pretty good and I appreciated the stems weren’t those massive overgrown ones which made it much easier to eat.

seafood dumplings

seafood dumplings

We were starting to lose track of what dumplings were what. And we probably ordered more than twice what I’m highlighting. Every now and then, our server would come by and mutter, “I knew you girls couldn’t handle all that food.” Hey, we LOVE leftovers.

papaya

papaya pudding

 

We ended with some sweet papaya pudding for dessert. Usually the pudding is served in a dish. It was very fashionable they served it in a quartered papaya. If you scooped correctly, you got a bit of fruit and pudding.

In terms of ranking, I would put Grand Harbor in the top 5 in San Gabriel Valley though it’s not in my personal top 3. I also swung by recently for dinner. My family ordered more homey dishes, things I wouldn’t have necessarily tried at Grand Harbor. But I did appreciate how they tried to “fancy” things up. The homestyle meat patty with salted fish dish at a restaurant with a $10,000 tasting menu is hilarious — both because they serve the dish but also because we ordered it. And we liked it.

Grand Harbor

5725 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City, CA 91780  —  (626) 280-2998
 
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