A new Dim Sum Chinese restaurant opened up in Alhambra not too long ago, and my best girlfriend DT wanted to check it out. To celebrate her past birthday and passing the Bar exam, we headed East on the 10 to try this upscale restaurant. North of the 10 off the Atlantic exit, we headed east on Main Street and stopped right before 5th.
The first thing I noticed as we sat down was the lack of dim sum carts I'm so familiar with when I eat dim sum for lunch. The room was spacious and very nice with fancy furniture and fancy fixtures. They even had a wine bar area with a modern feel to it. Too early for a drink, we settled for some nice, hot tea [2.00] to warm me up as we sat underneath one of the cold air vents.
So no carts? How do you know what to order then? And do we get napkins with our dim sum meal? I was quickly educated that this was very much Hong Kong style dim sum. No carts. No napkins. Instead, you place your order on a sheet of paper, and a nice waiter brings you your order. We used the English translation version. Hmm...I know I like shu mai, har gow, cha shu baos, but other than that, I'm pretty lost. Half the fun of eating dim sum is getting to peak in on each of the steamed metal tins. It's as if there's some sort of secret surprise! Whether you get shrimp dumplings or chicken feet. Of which, I prefer the dumplings. No chicken feet for me, thank you. And instead of having a nice cloth napkin on my lap, we were each given little packets of what looked like take-away tissues. Small red pouches with little tissues to wipe the shoyu and oil off your lips. Apparently it's a Hong Kong thing to do too.
We ordered a bunch of dumplings: shu mai, ones with shrimp, ones with pork, ones with vegetables, ones in a sweet and sour soup, and ones with beef and soy sauce. Top row from L-R: Pork & Shrimp Dumplings [3.15], Seafood Dumpling with Mushroom [3.15], Supreme Dumpling in Soup [5.75]; Middle row from L-R: Home Style Bean Curd (my favorite!) [3.15], Szechwan Meat Dumpling [3.15], Rice Noodle with Beef [3.15]; Bottom row from L-R: Meat Dumplings with Greens [3.15], Baked Egg Custard [1.95], Baked Tapioca Pudding [1.95]. All of which were absolutely delicious. My all time favorites were the fried bean curd, shu mai, seafood dumplings, and the egg custard!
But what Triumphal Palace is really known for are their special dishes off the menu. Lucky for me, my family made reservations to eat here for the holidays and ordered many of those signature dishes. Those on the right include the dim sum samplings of shu mai, har gow, egg rolls, and egg tarts - all of which was delicious to start our lunch off with. We also ordered two soups, the corn was what I had and I had to add a few drops of soy sauce to give it some flavor. MS had the other of which I cannot recall. There was also a very buttery and deliciously rich lobster dish that made for some good leftovers, in addition to some tender fish cooked with asparagus and peppers in what I think was a black bean sauce, another tender meat dish with vegetables, their restaurant chicken platter which was a bit dry for my liking, along with their peking duck to name a few. Others not pictured included a mixed fried rice, chow mein noodles, green bean dish, and mango pudding with condensed milk for dessert.
For a party of 18, there was still a lot of food left over! So we had plenty of boxes we took home and had Chinese food for at least another two days after our triumphal feast. I'm still full from the holidays!
Triumphal Palace Chinese Cuisine
Street: 500 W. Main Street #A. Alhambra, CA 91801
M-F | 10:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm
Sa-Su | 10:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm
Free parking lot or plenty of street parking