September 18, 2008 6

King Hua (Alhambra)

By in 01: San Gabriel

Rumor has it that chefs from Sea Harbor (another popular Dim Sum place) had jumped ship to this place, so we came here for a try. There is no wait as we arrived early enough at 11.


Big banquet style dining room. Creamy Chicken Pineapple bun. Pineapple is just a name for the type of pastry that’s crusty on top and soft and chewy at the bottom. I prefer the pastry with sweeter savory stuffings like BBQ pork.


Lucky Clover Shrimp Dumplings: with minced shrimp and sauteed snow-pea shoots fillings with wolfberries, peas and corn resting on a clover shape top. The skin are thin and it slipped right into your mouth. Very lovely~ Pearl Chicken (lotus leaf wrapped glutinous rice with chicken and yolk stuffings), moist, soft and tasty.


An opened Sesame Paste Bun (Left): nutty and sweet! I haven’t have this for a long time so I was quite moved when I realized they offer it. The bread texture was a little sticky though. Steamed Turnip Cake (Right): The texture is incredibly light and pillow-y, full of turnip flavors as well, very good!


Chili Omasum. Stuffed Eggplant

We went adventurous with Durian Pastry: none of us abhor nor are crazy about this infamous fruit, but we got it because it looks so pretty. The sickly sweet and slimy durian goes well with the golden crisp, quite nice~ The durian’s taste and fragrance was rather mild.


Rice noodle rolls: thin and smooth. Sticky Rice Ball with Salty Egg Yolk: the lightly sweet chewy skin and hot, melty salty egg yolk are a gold combination in taste and texture, it was a heavy dessert but we couldn’t stop eating!

The things I ordered are my usual ‘regulars’, just to compare the quality. I enjoyed everything and can’t wait to come back to try their original stuffs. They seems to specialize in decorated dumplings. It’s a great alternative to The Elite.

King Hua
2000 W Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801

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6 Responses to “King Hua (Alhambra)”

  1. seat says:

    Even I am not so crazy about dim sum(most places offer the same old thing, no surprises), but these varieties sound very tempting! Never had Pineapple bun with savoury stuffing~~

  2. kristina says:

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  3. sneakermonkey says:

    Dim sum looks awesome. I always go to Empress Pavilion or Ocean Sea Food in Chinatown. I definitely got to make my way to Alhambra.
    You mention getting regulars. How do they compare? Shu mai? Har Gow?
    Your Mexico posts are awesome too! Like Travel Channel!

  4. Chubbypanda says:

    Ooooh… Durian… The closest fruit ever comes to tasting like cheese. Love it!

  5. Jet says:

    Your pictures really makes me want to re-think my iPhone pics stategy 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you want good dimsum, you should go to the san gabriel valley area, not the chinatown area. One suggestion is New Capital on Valley.