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end of an era @ Kam's

Cynsa May 14, 2007 08:50 AM

Remember those heaping plates and cheap prices? No more. The newly-remodeled Kam's on Balboa (next to the Balboa Theater) reopened on Sunday May 6 with a new sign and a brightly-blue-and-orange awning over the door.
I'm scratching it from the almond pressed duck/wor sieu opp source list; it tasted more like flavorless chicken without the richness of duck...
on the plus side, the shrimp in the overly-sweetly-sauced House Eggplant Special and in the Seafood Claypot were perfectly not-overcooked, remaining moist to the bite.

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    Problem Child RE: Cynsa May 14, 2007 09:11 AM

    Was the price increase significant? We love their Kam's special chicken and oyster sauce beef tongue.

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      Cynsa RE: Problem Child May 14, 2007 12:15 PM

      When you order the oyster sauce beef tongue again, I hope to read your post... I suspect that there have been changes in the kitchen - but I am unfamiliar with its history. Our total bill was $51 + tip for four dishes (we had no leftovers, construing that we ate everything because we were hungry, it was good to eat...or, portions were small...one or none of the above). I think that the almond pressed duck was $9.50 and the Seafood Clay pot was $12.50.

      Menupix has the old prices: almond pressed duck is listed at $6.90 and Beef Tongue with Oyster sauce at $7.90. Prices have to increase with operating costs.

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        Problem Child RE: Cynsa May 14, 2007 04:56 PM

        Probably haven't been there in about a year. If I recall correctly, the cost was slightly higher closer to $10 for the two dishes, but portions were huge and we would eat those for 3 meals. Maybe I should try and check it out once again.

        Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully I'll get a chance to go back there soon.

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      Rockman RE: Cynsa May 14, 2007 01:47 PM

      Sorry to hear. I've been going to Kam's for 25 years. My ABC wife wrinkles her nose at this place, but I would drive an hour for their Kam's Special Yee Won Ton Soup--a huge bowl of rich, dark broth, loaded with a heaping pile of pork, chicken, shrimp, and FRIED wontons, still crisp when that bowl hits the table, but starting to soak up that wonderful broth. I have never seen this dish anywhere else, and most places will refuse to fry the wontons for me, and sort of look at me like I'm crazy.

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        asianstamp RE: Rockman May 14, 2007 02:24 PM

        Oh I remember the Yee Won Ton with the fried won tons! Yummy! Yeah it's true they made authentic Chinese American grub at least it was when the grandfather was in charge. The granddaughter or whoever succeeded this place is mucking it up.

      2. Melanie Wong RE: Cynsa Nov 23, 2007 04:47 PM


        3624 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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          DavidT RE: Cynsa Nov 23, 2007 05:40 PM

          I remember when Kam's was on Geary, between 8th & 9th Avenues, probably 30 years ago. I used to live across the street. The "Kam's Special" plate was $1.69 and was more than enough food for my dinner.

          1. Melanie Wong RE: Cynsa Feb 22, 2011 11:56 AM

            Has anyone been to Kam's lately? Patricia Unterman reports there's a new chef.

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              Civil Bear RE: Melanie Wong Feb 22, 2011 12:14 PM

              I have, and enjoyed the Indonesian Jumbo Prawn Curry immensely. It'll be on my top 10 tastes for 2011 for sure. (warning: it is very spicy).

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