You’ll find no dainty sandwiches or fancy silver platters when you arrive for teatime at a Chinese restaurant. Instead, teatime means carts of dim sum—steaming-hot dumplings and other small plates that you can usually order, quite literally, à la carte. There's no arguing that this Chinese take on brunch has caught on in LA, and it's not hard to understand why: the _Los Angeles Times_ estimates that as many as a quarter of a million people of Chinese ancestry live in and around the city. And while decidedly American dishes such as chop suey were once the standard, today's Chinese restaurants cater to the foodie palate by presenting authentic tastes from Hong Kong, Hainan, and even Taiwan.
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