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sed231 Jun 11, 2007 08:33 AM

I sort of hate to open up this can of worms, but we really want to eat yummy dim sum while in SF in July, so I'm looking for your thoughts. We're looking for traditional. Thanks!

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  1. Lightsuprooms RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 08:40 AM

    I like the Y. Ben House in chinatown.. was there with my son and sister who was living there at the time... we were the only round eyes in the place.. it was excellent

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      pushslice RE: Lightsuprooms Jun 13, 2007 04:56 PM

      haven't been there in a couple of years, but yes, Y. Ben is as down-n-dirty as it gets; shared tables, noisy, and zero accommodation to noob-ness. but besides those faults, it was delicious, quick, and cheap.

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      artemis RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 09:44 AM

      this is a frequently and fiercely debated topic. search for threads on koi palace, yank sing, golden mountain, hkfl (hong kong flower lounge), ton kiang, and zp (zen peninsula). my strong preference is for koi palace, but reasonable minds and informed palates can and do differ.

      1. PeterL RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 09:50 AM

        Which area of SF? The City proper, or including the pennisula? Even including east bay?

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          sed231 RE: PeterL Jun 11, 2007 09:51 AM

          We are staying in Union Square and will not have a car, so City proper would be best. We are willing to travel via cab or public transport for exceptional fare, though.

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            davina RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 09:58 AM

            Mayflower!
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/46277
            The line is always shorter than at Ton Kiang. Plus, I think it's better -- more variety, very fresh.

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              PeterL RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 02:36 PM

              Aside from Chinatown recommendations, you may want to think about taking BART to the Millbrae station, then both HK Flower Lounge and Fook Yuen are within walking distance on El Camino Real.

          2. elsigh RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 03:13 PM

            I know it's a hot debate, but for what it's worth, I think Yank Sing in Rincon Ctr is some of the very best I've EVER had. ANYWHERE.

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              Gary Soup RE: elsigh Jun 16, 2007 09:06 PM

              There's no question that YS's food is good, but what is in question is how authentic it is and whether it's different enough to justify the uptown prices. As Yank Sing's owner Heny Chan has said,

              "I do what the society wants, not what the Chinese in China want," he says. "It's a philosophy."

              http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...

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              adrouault RE: sed231 Jun 11, 2007 03:24 PM

              yank sing

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                Sharon S. RE: sed231 Jun 13, 2007 04:54 PM

                Tian Sing on Cyril Magnin in Union Square is pretty good, affordable and convenient.

                1. Beehive RE: sed231 Jun 16, 2007 06:35 PM

                  Yes, Yank Sing is great food, I can't say the service is as good. Not to mention it's overpriced.

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                    dxcheong RE: sed231 Jun 17, 2007 02:11 AM

                    City View on Commercial and Kearny is nice mix of clean and friendly service and great food. Plus its easy to walk to from Union Square and you can walk through Chinatown and get a Dan Tat from Golden Gate Bakery on the way back.

                    1. Ruth Lafler RE: sed231 Jun 17, 2007 09:23 AM

                      Here's a thread from a couple of days ago: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411454

                      Since you specified "traditional" but not a particular area, I'm going to vote for Hong Kong Flower Lounge, which is in Millbrae but easily accessible by both freeway and BART.

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                        Gary Soup RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 17, 2007 09:57 AM

                        The OP has stated they will not have a car, and of course may want to take into account the one+ hour round-trip time (not including wait time) plus the $7.60 pp BART fare

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                          Ruth Lafler RE: Gary Soup Jun 17, 2007 12:31 PM

                          The poster in the thread I linked specified no cars, but this one didn't. In fact, since another posting of hers talks about going to Sonoma, I'm assuming they will have a car at least part of the time.

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                            Gary Soup RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 17, 2007 08:22 PM

                            OK, I don't know which of us is having the senior moment, you me or the OP (sed231). In a reply to PeterL above, the OP stated

                            "We are staying in Union Square and will not have a car, so City proper would be best. We are willing to travel via cab or public transport for exceptional fare, though."

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                              Ruth Lafler RE: Gary Soup Jun 17, 2007 08:42 PM

                              I'm not old enough to have a senior moment, thankyouverymuch!

                              I guess I didn't see that reply -- I probably read the thread earlier in the week, so it was collapsed. I mostly was responding to yet another rec for the mediocre City View, by linking the comments in the other thread.

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                                sed231 RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 18, 2007 09:43 AM

                                Thanks for the concern about travel time. We will in fact not have a car while staying in SF, but will of course be renting one to go to Sonoma. I was thinking of places in Chinatown, ideally, for dim sum.

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