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Jun 11, 2007 08:33 AM

Dim Sum

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. 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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    1. re: Lightsuprooms

      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.

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

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        1. re: PeterL

          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.

          1. re: sed231

            The line is always shorter than at Ton Kiang. Plus, I think it's better -- more variety, very fresh.

            1. re: sed231

              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. 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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            1. re: elsigh

              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."