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Dim Sum w/ Carts at Clement and 2nd-7th?

sarvey Jan 31, 2007 03:13 PM

Dear ChowHounders,

I've read through a couple of threads for suggestions for dim sum in this area:
Wing Lee at 503 Clement and Good Luck Dim Sum (address unknown) have been recommended.

But most of the posts say that the atmosphere of these places leaves much to be desired. While I know and love the dingier (word?) dim sum joints, I'm hoping someone might recommend a good dim sum place in this area where one can sit down and the carts roll around. If nothing comes to mind, any opinions about the two places I mentioned or something better would be grately appreciated.

Thanks in advance, the lunch is scheduled for tomorrow, Feb 1st.

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    kcchan RE: sarvey Jan 31, 2007 03:25 PM

    Good Luck Dim Sum is a take out place on Clement and 8th or so, so not conducive to sit down. I think Wing Lee is also take-out. Lee Hou also serves dim sum, but if atmosphere is what you're looking for, that probably wouldn't be recommended either. There's another dim sum restaurant further down on Clement next to Pizza Orgasmica that is sit-down with carts rolling around, but I haven't been there in years, so other CH's could give you better advice. The only thing I can really think of (but it's been a few years since I lived in SF) is Ton Kiang on Geary and 22nd. It has a "better" atmosphere, though I wasn't overly impressed by their dim sum - seemed pretty standard and expensive, but I know a lot of people like the place. You can search for reviews on Ton Kiang.

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      alpine chef RE: kcchan Jan 31, 2007 09:53 PM

      ton kiang came to mind for me as well. there is also one or two a block or so away (toward 21st and 20th) that i don't recall the names.

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        rln RE: kcchan Sep 4, 2007 04:51 PM

        I had dim sum at Lee Hou this weekend and won't be returning. At least not for overall dim sum. The wrappers were too thick and the various dumplings seemed over steamed. The chive shrimp dumpling tasted good, but the thick wrappers really took away, in my opinion.

        Tried the chive mushroom crepe, and that was very bland. I hadn't been in a long time, but I remember it to be better in the past.

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          Melanie Wong RE: rln Sep 5, 2007 12:13 AM

          It's been about 3 years since I've had dim sum at Lee Hou. Didn't like it then as the wrappers were so thicky and doughy. But I guess some like it that way and will recommend it. Should also mention that it doesn't have the carts the OP was asking for.

      2. Sarah RE: sarvey Jan 31, 2007 03:41 PM

        Tong Palace has cart service throughout the week -- it's on Clement around 10th, middle of block...

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          Chandavkl RE: Sarah Feb 1, 2007 05:21 AM

          Yes, I think Tong Palace is what you're looking for. It's pretty good and has been around for 20 years counting the predecessor Ming Palace. Address is 933 Clement.

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          badbatzmaru RE: sarvey Jan 31, 2007 09:44 PM

          How about on Clement and 21/22? before the 4 star theater on the corner, or balboa and 5th, bay fung tong? though bft does not offer push carts...

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            Sebby RE: badbatzmaru Feb 1, 2007 09:43 AM

            Yet Wah, on the corner of Clement and 23rd. Yes, they have cart dim sum. I've only been there once (as an adult) and I thought the dim sum was pretty decent. Hard to tell, since I was starving at the time. Maybe a little on the greasy side, but they had a very extensive selection, including jook.

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              Sarah RE: Sebby Feb 1, 2007 10:19 AM

              I only recall ordering from a sheet - but that was on weekdays. Their dimsum is more than decent.

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                Sebby RE: Sarah Feb 1, 2007 12:11 PM

                MuI think I was there on a Sturday, since they had carts.There is also validated parking at that tiny lot across the street from Bills Place. A rare find in the richmond...parking, not dim sum :-)

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            chemchef RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 05:21 AM

            My husband and I really liked Ton Kiang when we went there. Its gotten mixed reviews on CH, but for what you're looking for (ie. atmosphere, rolling cart dim sum), I think this is the place. We were seated upstairs and it was nice, although maybe a little on the pricey side, but then places with atmosphere usually are.

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              sarvey RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 07:36 AM

              Thanks for the replies! I'm walking from California and Presidio, so I'll have to stick to one of the closer ones. I'll report back on Tong Palace.

              1. Gary Soup RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 08:23 AM

                Ocean Restaurant (726 Clement) is a block or so out of your range, and doesn't have cart service, but is a sit-down place with decent dim sum at prices that make it a destination restaurant for penny pinching Seniors (like me).

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                  chaddict RE: Gary Soup Feb 1, 2007 08:53 AM

                  I had excellent prawns with mushrooms and ok pea shoots last week. I would definitely give it a whirl again. And it seems you can order dim sum even at night.

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                    iwantmytwodollars RE: Gary Soup Sep 15, 2007 06:25 PM

                    We have a friend who worked for Alice Waters and she introduced me to Ocean. Love that place. I took my sister there, and she said it was the highlight of her visit to see me! And she eats quite a bit of dim sum. As the name implies, seafood is the specialty.

                  2. alpine chef RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 10:04 AM

                    i grew up in the richmond district and was very used to just going to restaurants nearby (the 20's)....

                    occationally, i would just pop into some of those places in the lower avenues on clement not knowing the names.

                    i remember ocean being good.... yet wah is as described... good, a little greasy, good selection, a little pricey.

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                      sarvey RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 12:17 PM

                      Reporting back:

                      Just finished a delicious dim sum lunch at Wing Lee at 6th and Clement. No carts but we were ready to stop walking so we tried it. It lacked atmosphere that's for sure, but the dim sum was good. Ordered shrimp gow, shrimp and leek gow, pork siew mai, bbq pork bao, and a huge steamed bun with pork, shitake mushroom, sausage, and hard boiled egg inside! Can anyone tell me what that last bun was called? It was one of my impromptu point and choose dishes.

                      And for desert, we walked down 2 doors to Schubert's Bakery for coffee and opera cake!

                      Thanks for the suggestions and tips.

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                        Gary Soup RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 01:23 PM

                        Are you sure it was pork and not chicken? That sounds like a large-sized Gai Bow.

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                          sarvey RE: Gary Soup Feb 1, 2007 02:03 PM

                          No, I'm not sure. It was pretty and pink and I just assumed. I loved it--pork or chicken or some other meat. Gai Bow. Will have it again now that I know the name. Thanks Gary Soup!

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                            Gary Soup RE: sarvey Feb 1, 2007 05:05 PM

                            I can be sure that there's not a pork version out there, buy it certainly sounds like Gai (chicken) Bao. Note that often the same place will often make two versions, a small and a large. The small ones are typically just chicken and some condiments; the large ones are the ones that they put everything but the kitchen sink in.

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