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Jan 30, 2004 11:22 AM

Vegetarian dim sum, in or near SF

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I'd like to treat a visiting vegetarian to dim sum, so I'm looking for a place that has a good veg selection. Three places come to mind:

- Yank Sing, which, due to price, I'm holding as a last resort.

- Bamboo Garden on Clement. All the comments that I could find on Bamboo Garden's dim sum were brief and dated. Does anyone have any new thoughts?

- Hong Kong Flower Lounge, because it's one of my favorites and I've been itching to return. But I've never paid attention to their vegetarian options. Are there a few good, non-meat items there?

Any other places to recommend?



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  1. How about Parc Hong Kong on Geary? It's been one of our standards in that area.

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    1. re: Peter

      I don't know, how about it? I couldn't find a whole lot said about their dim sum. How are the vegetarian options?

      1. re: nja

        Other than Yank Sing, I wouldn't recommend taking your vegetarian friend to a dim sum house unless it's completely vege. Even ostensibly veggie dishes will have pork fat, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, or chicken stock added to them that the wait staff tend to forget about when you ask if a dish has "meat" in it.


        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Can you elaborate why/how Yank Sing is accomadating to vegetarians? Do they have a separate menu or section for those items or just more offerings than other places?

          1. re: miranda

            The thread which nja linked in his original inquiry has the posts regarding Yank Sing. I don't have more recent experience than that. But at the time, my guests had the option of selecting from a vegetarian menu. And, management was eager to point out that it was compliant with Buddhist vegetarian practices.

            That reminds me, the next time you're having trouble communicating non-meat diet requirements at a Chinese restaurant, tell the staff that you're Buddhist. In most cases, they should understand that means that any animal meats or products are prohibited. They might also ask you if garlic and onions are allowed and take away your tea. (G)

            1. re: miranda

              I mentioned Yank Sing because during my visits there, I've noticed they serve a number of items that are vegetable-only (see link for a few) and because the servers speak english more than most dim sum houses so it's easier to explain one's needs and wants.

              We ended up going to Hong Kong Flower Lounge. A full write-up is forthcoming. Briefly though: the dim sum was stellar once again. We found a server who spoke decent English who helped my friend order a few vegetarian items (shrimp and spinach dumplings, bean curd sheets with soy sauce, steamed broccoli sans oyster sauce, and a number of desserts). We were all very happy.


      2. I think Bamboo Garden is closed. How about Bok Choy Garden, also on Clement? Strictly Vegan. No garlic or onion served (huh?)


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        1. re: Gary Soup

          You're right, I just tried calling Bamboo Garden and the number is disconnected. Thanks for the warning.

          Vegan? No onion? No garlic? I think that would be too extreme for my friend, much less me!

          One other place that popped during my search was Kowloon, which I ruled out based on this comment: "They feature vegetarian dim sum, which is good, but, unfortunately, pre-made and needs to be zapped in a microwave."


        2. If you will skip the dim sum than how about Hulu on Kirkham and 11th. LET and the Limster have tried this along with some others and we have found it to one of the better vegetarian places in San Francisco. They serve a Singapore style food. The Laska and the wheat BBQ pork is very good.

          The only other vegetarian place is too far away from San Francisco.

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          1. re: Yimster

            Thank you for the comments on Hulu. Last time I was in SF, my husband and I took a long cab ride out to Hulu, only to turn around when we looked at the menu. It didn't seem very interesting. Next time, we'll give it a try.

          2. Just bumping this to see if anyone has any new recommendations for vegetarian dim sum in SF, especially where a baby and toddler would also be welcome. My vague recollections of Yank Sing suggest that it might not be the best spot for youngsters.