Then you can take advantage of lower than usual prices for dim sum--40 to 50 cents a serving less than on weekends. My group of five ordered liberally and wound up paying only $9 each, including a substantial tip.
Here is our table when we were well into lunch. Dishes that came later included fish paste in wedges of green pepper, crisp-skinned roast duck, steamed pork dumplings with ruffly edges, sesame balls filled with sweet bean paste and egg tarts. Those are chicken feet in the center container.
On weekdays, the crowds that notoriously swamp dim sum restaurants on weekends are absent, and it's easy to get a table. Maybe it's always easy to get a table, because Ocean Star is a huge restaurant, with room for 800 or more customers. Even the reception area is big enough to house a small restaurant.
Ocean Star Restaurant, 145 N. Atlantic Blvd., #201-203, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Tel: (626) 308-2128.