2/11/2013 03:12:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate: Scenes From Ocean Star Dim Sum

It doesn't have to be Chinese New Year to head out to San Gabriel Valley for some dumplings and buns. Here's a look at our recent spread at Ocean Star in Monterey Park, a sprawling banquet hall that's always bustling with big groups of families and friends, cart-wielding ladies in orange kerchiefs on their heads and the men directing cart traffic, all over a din filled with various languages that aren't English. Some greatest hits include the crispy shrimp, cucumber salad, soup dumplings, and something with pork and shrimp, which basically describes just about any number of dumplings we had. The one-hour feast cost less than $20 per person with tax, tea and a generous tip, making it one of our favorite wallet-friendly weekend treats of all time. Click through for the slide show. Here's to good fortune for the Year of the Snake!

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