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My husband has lately been buying bahn mi for breakfast from Cam Huong on Webster in Oakland. He eats these in the office, all the while yelping about how hot they are and getting up to take a soda out of the fridge.

Today, as I was waiting in the car (not being in the mood for bahn mi), I noticed that next door they were selling bao and lots of other dim sum-type delights. I've never gotten anything here and don't even know the name. I popped in and purchased 2 pork bao(one baked, one steamed)and one of those beauteous shrimp things that have ribbons of deep fried dough sticking up decoratively all over them. This set me back $1.80!!!!!! That's right, under 2 bucks.

They were quite good. I now have another breakfast option. Life is good. I know you guys will all say, "So what's the big deal, we have dim sum for breakfast at least 3 times a week. How did you get so lame?"

Anybody know the name of this place? It's tiny and on the other side of Cam Huong from Shanghai.

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  1. I had no idea you could get those sandwiches as a breakfast option ~ what time do they open and what is the parking situation early in the morning? Thanks for the tip!

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    1. re: foodfan

      The parking situation is as usual ... lots of double parked vans unloading stuff, and hit and miss on the street. We usually end up finding a place after driving around for a short time.

      The place was open at 8:50 this morning...actually, Cam Huong and the mystery restaurant were both open then.

    2. I think it's listed as Kam Hay deli.

      1. I had been there a couple of times around 7:15ish and they're already open then.

        1. The dim sum place next to Cam Phoung (on the opposite side of Shanghi) is either Sum Yee or Sun Sing (they are both owned by the same person - the other is on 7th or 8th St between Webster and Franklin).

          Whatever you do, do not buy the Singapore Style Chow Mein - it used to be good, but now the cook doesn't use enough curry powder. The chow fun is surprisingly good, and the chow mein (thin noodle one) is pretty good though both are lacking in meat. Don't get the fried rice - bland. The wrappers in this take-out dimsum place is typical of most takeout dimsum - too thick.

          If you don't see something you want here, they might have it at the either storefront.

          Check out the website for this restaurant:

          dimsumonline.com

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          1. re: b2g

            OH NOOOOOO! You said the magic word of the devil.... chow fun. Now I won't be able to fit into any of my clothes due to eating several orders of chicken and beef for breakfast!! It's one of my favorite dishes in the entire culinary world.

            1. re: b2g

              Yes, either place is pretty consistent and reliable for what they do; the staff is much friendlier+more efficient than the frequently recommended Tao Yuen (?sp., "peach garden" in characters). Gave up on TY years ago and always get baked cha siu bao at Sun Sing or the other branch. enjoy

            2. Speaking of chicken - they make a good S/P chicken wing there.

              Remember, no meat in the chow fun, or very little

              1. Heheh . . . 'I know you guys will all say, "So what's the big deal, we have dim sum for breakfast at least 3 times a week. How did you get so lame?" ' You anticipated my reaction exactly, LOL! Surrounded by stuff like this, it should be clear why I never need to eat at McDonald's. This is faster, cheaper, and better. The prices are even lower in SF than Oakland.

                1. My husband go to ABC on Franklin by around 11th in Chinatown to get Chinese pastries for breakfast. He usually goes for the pineapple buns, but I've enjoyed the ham and egg buns in the past.

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                  1. re: anna

                    Have you tried Ruby King Bakery on Franklin between 7th & 8th St for sweets - I think the gai mae bow ("cocktail bun" - coconut/sugar/butter filled bun) is the best in Oakland. Pretty good lo po baeng ("wife cookie" - the white, flakey pastry with winter melon filling) in 2 different sizes here as well.

                    Oh, and Sun Sing (sister dim-sum takeout of Sum Yee on Webster between 9th & 10th) is on 8th St between Webster and Franklin, across the street from New Gold Medal.

                  2. The best breakfast chow fun bargain in Oakland C-Town is at D&A Cafe. Their beef with black bean sauce chow fun from 7AM to 11AM is only $3 for a huge portion. Only drawback is that they're a sit down joint, so you'll have to allocate enough time to go in, order, wait then consume your food. But it is delectable, and far better than the typical dry-fried take out versions that lack enough meat or vegetables to complement the starchiness of the chow fun.

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                    1. re: Eugene Park

                      There is also a D&A in SF; it's in the Richmond

                      1. re: peachblossom

                        D&A also opened a branch on Broadway in SF's Chinatown.

                        Old post on D&A on Clement -
                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                    2. Speaking of bakeries along that block, there seems to be a new one that just opened last weekend on the corner of 12th and Webster (used to be a Japanese take-out place where the employees spent the day sitting around swatting at flies). Anyone tried there stuff yet? I actually went just before closing time a few days ago and grabbed a bbq pork bun for the next day's breakfast. Filling was pretty substantial, although IMO they could work on the dough.