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Sep 3, 2006 11:14 PM

China Delight, Dim Sum, Atlanta

Good, solid dim sum. That rice soup concoction that comes via the metal cart, topped with crunchy bits and green onions, was the best I have ever had, any time, any where. And that include Yank Sing in San Francisco.

Other standouts: shark fin dumplings, meat-filled egg rolls, lovely jasmine tea, the almond dessert with pastel colored diced coconut-at least I think that's what it was, and the stand out was freshly baked egg custard tartlets. To. die. for.

There was lots more we saw that looked different from the standards at places like Happy Valley, which we will try on a subsequent visit.

A few non-food, atmosphere contrasts with Happy Valley. Better service. Definitely cleaner. Nicer decor. We arrived late, around 1pm, and while still busy, the noise level was manageable... I find while I love the dim sum at Happy Valley, it's not a relaxing meal. Too many small squealing units and a lot of pressure to check out one cart after another, at too fast a rate of speed for my taste.

I found myself, at China Delight, eating dim sum as it was meant. I ate slowly and thoroughly tasted my food and lingered long, drinking tea, until the pot was empty. My sidekick, who views all dim sum with suspicion and who requires loads of cajoling to even go to dim sum suprised me by saying this was one dim sum place to which he would return.

Going north on Buford Highway, there is a large billboard on the left side of the street that tells you how to get there, turning left I think on Chamblee-Tucker Road. Easy to find.

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  1. Yep, China Delight is pretty reliable. Have you tried the reincarnated Oriental Pearl nearby? If not, I'd suggest it for variety (although things could have been warmer last time we were there). I think both are better than Happy Valley.

    If you are willing to make the treck, East Pearl on Shackleford Rd up 85 is also good. Their food is nice and hot.

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    1. re: LizATL

      Very happy to hear about the reincarnation of Oriental Pearl. I have very fond memories of it from years ago. And yes, I'll make the trek out to Gwinnett and check out East Pearl as well. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

      My first dim sum experience happened by accident in Chicago over 20 years ago. On a weekend trip, my friend and I stumbled upon a mini Chinatown in Chicago. Somehow we found ourselves in a large dining hall, a building that in years gone by was likely a union hall or an American Legion post.

      No one spoke English, and the carts started coming and we scarcely knew what to pick. I do remember it being very good food and that moment was likely the birth of dewdropper as a chowhound.

      Thanks, Liz!

    2. Up until recently, I would have agreed re Happy Valley being just ok.

      But the PastramiKing dragged us there several weeks ago, and I have to tell you, Happy Valley dim sum has radically improved. So much so, a return visit is mandatory.

      I liked East Pearl too. Not so much China Delight. I wanted badly to like the new Oriental Pearl, but the dim sum was made with a lot of shortcuts and the selection was boring.

      Of them all, I find the service best at Happy Valley. Just goes to show us why the plural of spouse is spice, and variety makes the world go round.

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      1. re: Steve Drucker

        Hmmm, we'll have to give Happy Valley another chance then.

        I find that it seems like the overall selection has been slowly diminishing for years around here. Maybe it is just my imagination. East Pearl doesn't seem to have a lot of variety either but I guess it all depends on whether or not they have what you care for, which EP does in my case.

        What didn't you like about China Delight, Steve?

        1. re: LizATL

          re Happy Valley.

          Went mid-Aug, six of us. Definitely someone new in the kitchen. Absolutely worth a return visit, and soon--as dim sum chefs move around so quickly, shifting jobs faster than web designers back in the dot-com boom days.

      2. One visit to China Delight, Dec '05. Memory is a little hazy. Went at Frank & Amy's suggestion, they joined us.

        Nothing was notable. A lot of shortcuts. Long time on the cart.

        btw--investigative Sichuan lunch TODAY at second visit to Tasty China with the PKing--email me at
        if you can join us!

        1. Anyone been to BBQ Corner 2? It's a small dim sum place on Buford Hwy, friends have mentioned it but I have not tried it. It's in a shopping center that is wildly packed with cars and people and it's a scene. We were leery and shied away, but I've been wondering ever since if it's any good.

          Any brave hounds willing to venture to BBQ Corner 2?

          5150 Buford Hwy NE # C100, Doraville, GA 30340 (770) 451-2888