Ton Kiang Review and Thanks
- Joshua Simon
A few weeks ago I came to this board to get suggestions on dim sum places in SF. It seemed that the majority of you came up with Ton Kiang, so there I went.
The place was pretty damn good!
At first I thought it a little strange that they didn't have carts, but what the hay. We had the usual shu mai (pork & shrimp), har gow (shrimp), spicy salted shrimp (in the shell). The shu mai was too small, but tasted good. Same goes for the har gow. The spicy salted shrimp was excellent. We also had the fried oysters, which was a pleasant suprise! They were fresh, and delicious. I wish the LA places had oysters @ dim sum. I forget what else we had but I was full for the whole day.
In general we all enjoyed the food and experience, but missed the large greasy servings that we are used to eating at the downtown Los Angeles Ocean Seafood.
Thanks for all the great input and feel free to ask me about any spots in Los Angeles.
Having lived in L.A. most of my life, I have to say that eating at the cavernous Ocean Star Seafood is quite the experience. With something like 800 seats and at times with multiple wedding banquets occurring simultaneously, there's rarely a dull moment.
I've never been to Ton Kiang so I can't vouch for its food. In fact, I can count on two hands the total number of dim sum places I've been to here in the Bay Area, and the best was Fook Yuen which I last visited 2+ years ago. Admittedly that's a small sampling, but my own personal opinion is that in general the L.A. dim sum houses are consistently better than the ones here.
The best dim sum I've ever had so far, however, was in the Vancouver/Richmond area (no, I've never been to Hong Kong). In fact, my most delightful gustatory experiences in recent memory have taken place there. I say this not only for their dim sum but their Chinese food in general. And at prices cheaper than what you would find in the Bay Area or LA. And I'm sure I am not alone in saying these things.
re: Tom Hall
For starters, here's two:
1. At the Radisson President in Richmond, there is a fine dim sum restaurant, as well as an Asian food court, both adjoining the hotel.
2. Ho Yuen Kee, 6236 Fraser St. in Vancouver.
I would say these are considered typical for the natives and not considered the best out there.
re: Mr. Bluetooth
I was in Vancouver this summer to attend a wedding and the reception was held at the Radisson in Richmond. I found it quite odd having Chinese banquet food at a Radisson, but the food was quite good.
In fact, there were 3 wedding receptions going on simultaneously and all had Chinese food. I guess since there are so many Asians in Richmond that they have to appeal to the masses.
Come to think of it, I did see a few wedding banquets going on while we stayed there - a testament to their good food. The big Asian population definitely has something to do with it.
BTW everyone, sorry for veering off-topic, but for those folks unaware of such an excellent Asian food town, I just had to pay homage and give mention. For further discussion, we ought to head over to Chowhound's Canada message board.