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New Year's Dumplings at Dim Sum King

Fresh off celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Chinese Community Center down the road, we headed into Chinatown on Saturday afternoon in search of lunch. True, we could have eaten from the bounty of food stalls serving up fresh fish balls on a stick...if we had remembered to bring cash and they were offering the dumplings we were craving. And dealing with the packed, noisy dining rooms of dumpling favorites Fu Fu Cafe and QQ Cuisine wasn't appealing after a full day of crowds.

And then it occurred to us: dim sim. It was right around 2 p.m., the perfect time of day for some yum cha and dumplings. We headed out to see what we could find.

Tucked into the far corner of the always-busy strip center at the corner of Bellaire Boulevard and Ranchester that also houses favorites like Shanghai Kitchen, Snow Star Ice and Cafe La Tea is Dim Sum King. You might miss it -- its entrance isn't visible from the parking lot, and its red lettering is hidden under signs for herbal medicine and an HPD storefront. But despite this, Dim Sum King has a lot going for it.

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