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Dim Sum in Pittsburgh?

Rick Nov 25, 2006 04:06 PM

I recently had Dim Sum in San Francisco. It was great and cheap. We were given a small card with all of the menu items and we just checked off how many of what item we wanted. Is there anywhere in Pittsburgh that serves Dim Sum?

  1. Jay F Dec 23, 2012 02:25 PM

    I don't know from Dim Sum, but I know Sun Penang in Squirrel Hill gets quite a crowd for theirs at Saturday lunch. I used to have lunch there every Saturday, and there would be not that many people there, but once they started Dim Sum, there was a crowd.

    And the people who work there are the nicest people ever. I'd still be eating there every week if I hadn't left Squirrel Hill.

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      Mangiaperfavore Dec 21, 2012 04:40 PM

      This question was posted in 2006, now in 2012 we have some choices. My first choice would be Misaki buffet on Rt. 51. They have a nice assortment of dim sum both lunch and dinner on a steam table on the buffet line, No carts. The assortment includes Hargow shrimp dumplings, Pork shumai, tripe, chicken's feet, stuffed bean curd skin, shrimp-stuffed pepper, salt and pepper shrimp, egg custard buns, turnip cake, and a few other things. I ran out of room in my stomach before I tried them all because there's also sushi, cooked-to-order hibachi, raw bar, crabs legs, and other goodies fighting for your attention! Definitely one of the best dim sum values in the country, all you can eat for lunch for about $12. Sun Penang in Squirrel Hill also has dim sum but you'll pay by the order, and while they're as good or slightly better than Misaki, you're ordering off the menu, waiting, and paying more.

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      1. re: Mangiaperfavore
        Rick Dec 23, 2012 10:43 AM

        I really didn't like Misaki at all, all of the food on the buffet was room temp, not hot. I also chomped on a small chunk of bone in the shu mai and thought I had cracked my tooth.

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        BCF Sep 10, 2009 11:17 AM

        Jimmy Wan's Tai Pei in Cranberry has a dim sum menu. It has a couple different types of dumplings, some steamed buns, and a sesame ball that is out of this world. It is a little pricey ($5 - $8 per selection) but the serving size is generous. There is no cart, and no menu card - you just order off the regular menu. But, it is very good. I have heard that the dim sum at the other Jimmy Wan location (Fox Chapel) is not as good as at the Cranberry lcoation, but I haven't been there so I can't speak to that.

        1. houndog Sep 4, 2009 10:48 AM

          Another vote for Sun Penang on Forbes Ave in Sq. Hill. It's not San Francisco or New York, but it is dim sum. You can get fried turnip cake, chicken feet, various shrimp and pork dumplings and preparations -- all at reasonable prices, as dim sum is supposed to be. Not a huge selection, not the best dim sum in the U.S., but good nevertheless and worth going to.

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            pontormo Oct 24, 2008 12:41 PM

            I went to Golden Palace on last weekend for dim sum off the carts. I don't think that anyone expects the dim sum here to be world class, or up to standards of San Francisco, etc. Having said that, there were many scrumptious, wonderful things to try. My favorite were the fried shrimp meatballs dipped in the sweet seasoned soy sauce. They were seasoned so well, and they were very juicy inside. One of the posters here said they have 23 items, but the waitress told me they have 41. I don't know if she meant off the cart on the weekends, or a la carte on the weekdays. We really enjoyed our visit there, and left stuffed for just over $30 (including tip) for the both of us. We will definitely be back there again.

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            1. re: pontormo
              rachelc Aug 26, 2009 05:51 PM

              does anyone know if golden palace has a decent selection of vegetarian dim sum?

              also, i'm specifically looking for those fried rice flour buns with red bean paste inside and sesame seeds on the outside. anyone know for sure if any places in pittsburgh have those?

              1. re: rachelc
                rbg219 Aug 29, 2009 02:59 PM

                I would love to know if there is a decent selection of vegetarian items at any of the places named above too! Please help if you can, thanks.

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                  rachelc Aug 29, 2009 05:28 PM

                  i actually went to golden palace to see for myself, and they had:

                  sesame red bean balls
                  vegetable sticky rice (i think it had mushrooms in it)
                  vegetable dumplings
                  scallion pancake
                  vegetable spring rolls

                  i think there might have been 1 other thing. i did grab a menu; i'll check it and post later if there's more stuff. i had the sesame balls, sticky rice, dumplings, and scallion pancake. everything was really good except for the dumplings, which were kind of bland on their own. the sauce they came with made up for it though.

                  the sesame bean balls were good but i prefer the ones i had at ocean harbor in philly, which were puffed up really big with a crispy/chewy outside that was maybe 1/2 an inch thick, lots of space inside, and a little glob of red bean paste stuck to one part of the crust. the ones from golden palace were smaller and had a crispy shell and then were solid rice flour dough and more bean paste than i wanted in the middle. they were still good, just not ideal.

                  the staff were also really nice.

                  1. re: rachelc
                    rbg219 Aug 31, 2009 01:48 PM

                    thanks for letting me know! doesn't sound particularly interesting/different from appetizers at regular chinese restaurants, so i think im gonna pass on it. Appreciate the input!

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              pontormo Aug 18, 2008 01:28 PM

              My friend recently went through Shadyside and told me that there was an "all you can eat" dim sum. I was wondering if anyone has tried it? I am not big on buffet style cuisine, but if it is dim sum....

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                msirera Jul 7, 2008 08:51 AM

                Sun Penang in Squirrel Hill has dim sum that my friend swears by

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                  buffins Mar 24, 2008 06:56 PM

                  i noticed that the last comment about the New Dumpling House on Murray Ave was written a couple of years ago..I drove by today and saw a huge Dim Sum sign so I thought I'd ask if anyone has been there recently? Is it still not worth the trip? I'd love to find great dim sum in the city!

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                  1. re: buffins
                    johnnytang24 Jul 7, 2008 07:26 AM

                    New Dumpling House doesn't have carts, only ordering off the menu. I went there a number of years ago, but I seem to recall it being worse than HK in Dormont.

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                    rwses Feb 17, 2008 12:25 PM

                    After reading a few posts on this site, I just tried the Sunday dim sum at Golden Palace on Steubenville Pike. While they do have dim sum in carts, the little silver containers might have well have been filled with crap. That's what it tasted like. Not only was the food terrible, it was room temperature. In fact, nothing was served warm, including the extra dishes that we ordered off of the menu. My daughter was excited that they had a sushi menu as well. She ordered a side of salmon sashimi which smelled incredibly fishy and was inedible. The consensus of our group was to avoid this place unless you want a tummy ache and an MSG headache.

                    If you want really fresh, authentic asian food in Pittsburgh, you unfortunately have to forget about the dim sum carts. Go to Rose Tea Cafe in Squirrel Hill. They have great food including asian vegetables (sauteed chinese watercress and other asian greens), pan fried noodles, hot pots, soup bowls and tapioca pearl teas. They also have great dim sum items - turnip cake, scallion pancakes filled with beef, and fresh dumplings. Go early to avoid a long wait behind all the asian CMU grad students.

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                    1. re: rwses
                      Rick Mar 24, 2008 08:18 PM

                      I was at Golden Palace on Saturday and enjoyed my second very good meal there. No tummy ache, no MSG headache. I do however agree that on this visit the food could have been a bit hotter, but it was at worst warm. I've been to Rose Tea and found it just OK. To each his own.

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                        A.E. Apr 23, 2008 08:59 PM

                        My wife and I made the drive to the Golden Palace last Sunday, just so that I could prove to her that one could eat Dim Sum in Pittsburgh. This was not where the locals (yunzers) ate, but instead we found chinese families dressed in their Sunday best, some more casual than others, a comfortable atmosphere, and carts of epicurian delights. Word to the wise, don't be shy to ask the wait staff to repeat (my chicken feet took some extra effort on my part). The Rose Tea Cafe is by all means an even handed winner in a city full of such contenders, but it is also in a class of its own (not a whole lot of Taiwanese/bubble tea joints). For me, a perfect thursday afternoon could be finished off with a coconut black tea, or is it black tea coconut? Oye. Moral of the story, you get what you ask for, maybe more. My wife was so excited we found dim sum...that we dim sum lovin' back at our place...ba dum bum. Hey!

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                          cbass May 4, 2008 11:48 AM

                          Pacific Ring on Murray Ave. has comparable dim sum to Golden Palace, and depending on where you live, Squirrel Hill may be closer. On weekends, they have one or two carts with some of the standard stuff, and also a laminated menu where you can order a la carte. I've been to Golden Palace once (~Feb/March of this year) - will satisfy a dim sum craving, but doesn't really compare to dim sum in places with high volume and customer turnover like dim sum parlors in NYC or San Francisco. I don't think there's enough demand in Pittsburgh to support such a place. I also see a post for dim sum at New Dumpling House - anyone try it?

                          1. re: cbass
                            Rick May 4, 2008 07:43 PM

                            I agree with you that Golden Palace isn't up to San Francisco standards, but it's darn good for Pittsburgh. Glad to hear Pacific Ring has good dim sum, they're a lot closer for me.

                      2. re: rwses
                        WBpitt Aug 7, 2010 01:14 PM

                        I believe your comments are far too negative. While this place may not match SF dim sum, it is as good as very popular places in large cities such as Dallas. Furthermore, they have carts on weekends which is a big part of the experience. I understand your complaint regarding temperature but I think this is mostly because they are not as busy as they should be. Another positive, no waiting for the carts which you would find in most big citiy dim sum restaurants. The waitstaff are helpful rather than rude as is common. I talked to the owner and they would accommodate requests. This place should be supported. It provides the big city dim sum experience.

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                        in_oriente_primus Jan 31, 2008 12:58 PM

                        Golden Palace recently opened up on Steubenville Pike, in Robinson Township: http://chinatownpgh.com/menu/goldenpa...
                        They serve dim sum on carts on the weekends and you can order dim sum off the menu any time. We used to go to Cleveland for dim sum but we think this place is actually better (though there isn't much variety with only 23 items)! Right now dim sum restaurants don't seem to last long in Pittsburgh, so go and support them. Yum....

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                        1. re: in_oriente_primus
                          hnleeusa Feb 22, 2010 10:06 AM

                          please check their new website. There are more yummy food. I love their dimsun

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                          Panini Guy Dec 5, 2006 02:15 PM

                          It was menu based when we went.

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                            burghfoodie Jul 6, 2008 09:26 AM

                            Sad news...Hong Kong Restaurant in Dormont is closed. I called today to find out how long they would have the carts, and whoever answered said (and I quote), "We're closed for good." Looks like those of us in the South Hills will have to venture to Robinson or Squirrel Hill to get our dim sum fix.

                            1. re: burghfoodie
                              Rick Jul 6, 2008 11:36 AM

                              That's surprising, the one time I went there for Dim Sum the place was packed and even had a wait to get in. I've never seen a Chinese restaurant in Pgh. have wait before, well, other than P.F. Changs.

                              1. re: burghfoodie
                                Panini Guy Jul 7, 2008 03:35 PM

                                That IS a bummer. While the place was as ratty as they come, they turned out some better variations on classics. Their Gen. Tso (which is the wife's fave) was the only one we'd seen in the So. Hills w/o a ridiculous amount of batter. Nobody else down here does Singapore Noodle. The eggplant & garlic, while not as pretty as Mark Pi, was tastier. And the had by far the best cold sesame noodle and potstickers of any So. Hills Chinese resto. Plus, Ray and Dave were always fun to talk with. We'll definitely miss them.

                                Hope everyone there is OK and moves onto something better.

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                              yammers Dec 4, 2006 02:20 PM

                              i have not heard of Hong Kong in dormont. I'll have to check it out. is it carts? or is it by check off menu?

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                                Panini Guy Dec 4, 2006 03:11 AM

                                Hong Kong in Dormont has Dim Sum on Sundays. HK is probably the most underrated Chinese in the area.

                                We'd heard about it from three different restauranteurs before we went. It's dark, it hasn't been spiffed up in about a dozen years, but the food is dependable and better than most of the supposed "top 10 Chinese". It's closest to a Canal St. (NY) style joint than anything we've had here.

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                                  yammers Nov 30, 2006 03:07 AM

                                  that's what i was thinking of...dumpling house

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                                    cgvnlife Nov 29, 2006 11:33 PM

                                    New Dumpling House - Murray Ave. - has dim sum. Its ok not great, but will satisfy a craving.

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                                      yammers Nov 28, 2006 03:52 AM

                                      totally agree. i would love for a good shanghainese restaurant in pittsburgh...i crave soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. oh well, pittsburgh has come a long way!

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                                        yammers Nov 28, 2006 12:47 AM

                                        give up! no dim sum. i think there is one place that kind of has it....but it's bad.

                                        sorry :(

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                                        1. re: yammers
                                          Rick Nov 28, 2006 01:13 AM

                                          While we do have good food here if you look hard enough, it's always just a little disappointing coming back home from a big city Like New Yok or San Francisco. There there many restaurants in nearly every ethnic category you can think of. Indian broken down into more than just North and South, all sorts of regional Chinese, Afghan, Moroccan, etc.

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