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Dim Sum in San Diego

Does it exist?

I'll be in San Diego December 7th - 10th and looking to introduce my family to wonderfulness of dim sum. Having enjoyed dim sum in Seattle (where I live), San Francisco, Vancouver BC and London I will want the best San Diego has to offer. My family on the other hand won't know the difference between good and bad so any recommendations will do. If they have good BBQ pork hum bow, shrimp or pork shui-mai, shrimp on sugar cane, shrimp and chive cakes and/or something I know my family likes honey walnut prawns that would be great.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Emerald has good dim sum. They're on Convoy St. and Aero Dr. in Kearny Mesa.

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    1. re: Josh

      I ate there at lunch today. I almost swallowed a half piece of rubber band in my dimsum. I showed the manager the other half of the rubber band, she took it away and brought it to their cook. I asked for it back, she said she threw it away. Very awful customer service--maybe because I don't speak any chinese. The manager could only say "sorry" without meaning it, she even looked mad at me for complaining. Who knows what else do they put in their dimsum!

    2. emerald is pretty decent , its where jet li eats when he comes to SD haha.

      its not easy to spot though cause its not particularly big.

      There is also Jasmine which is also on convoy, significantly bigger, taste is about the same.

      1. My preference for dim sum in SD is China Max on Convoy. The problem with Jasmine and Emerald is that unless you get there right at peak time, the food will have been sitting around on the carts for a while. At China Max, you order off a list and they bring out the plates straight from the kitchen, so everything is much fresher.

        If you aren't close to Clairemont Mesa, Pearl in Rancho Bernardo is also pretty good.

        1. Would like to second China Max. The menu with pictures is also less intimidating than the carts for dim sum newcomers (though it also makes it seem less like dim sum of course). The spicy garlic calamari is the best I've had, though it's been over fried on a few occasions. One dish that I've never seen at any other dim sum place is bbq pork in puff pastry, it's very good and popular.

          1. My favorite dim sum item I had at Emerald was curry beef in a baked bun. Just great.