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Oct 30, 2006 10:28 PM

Review - H.S.F (46 Bowery St, 212-374-1319)

Review - H.S.F (46 Bowery St, 212-374-1319)

Saturday Dim Sum down on a drizzly day in Chinatown. We tried a new place that we had not been to, but based on various suggestions from other CH'ers, we stuck our noses into HSF. I don't know what the initial stand for, and was unable to determine it from menu perusal.

There were not many people there but still could not get a table by the elevator where the carts come from.

We started with

Shrimp Dumplings - quite tasty, seemed fresh and plump
Soy bean wrapped dumplings - I don't like these, but the SO likes them.
Sesame Balls with bean paste - I think these are gross, but the SO loves them
Crab Dumplings - odd yellow in color, but good flavor
Fish Balls - weirdly gelatinous, avoid
Fish dumplings with Bok choy - Excellent and fresh
Pork Shumai - heavy and greasy
Pork Steamed Buns - these utterly rock
Shrimp in Wrappers - these were ok

The two of us totally pigged out and spent too much, $40 all in.


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  1. HSF was originally known as Hee Seung Fung back in the late 1980s and 1990s. It's not unusual for Chinese restaurants to make slight changes in their name, e.g., N. Y. Noodletown to Great N.Y. Noodletown, Triple Eight Palace to 88 Palace, etc. Sometimes it's a new owner who is prohibited by the sale agreement from using the old name. Other times there's no change in actual ownership, but a new entity is formed to succeed to the legal ownership for various reasons, sometimes innocent, other times not so innocent.

    1. I used to be a big fan of HSF, but over the years felt the quality of the food had gone downhill. (For a while we would refer to this place as MSG!) They were closed for a while, then reopened, but I've not been back. I have, however, been going to Gum Fung in Flushing for dim sum and find it to be far superior to any place I've been to in Manhattan. (Ironically, I live a few blocks outside of Chinatown in Manhattan!) We, too, seem to "pig out" when we go for dim sum. (We eat and eat and dim sum. Sorry.) I usually feel not just full, but bloated and a little queasy having eaten in most of Manhattan's dim sum places, but at Gum Fung I feel great afterwards. Everything comes to the table hot and fresh and you can tell that they use absolutely fresh ingredients. I'm curious as to whether or not others have tried this place and if they agree.