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I've had hit or miss experiences getting my Dim Sum fix at Kam Sen on weekends. I've opted for this on more than a few occasions because It is faster and cheaper than take out at Aberdeen. Of course, "faster and cheaper," means I should not expect too much, however sometimes I have been pleasently surprised. Other times I have not. My chief complaint is that sometimes items are left in the steam box way, way too long. The obvious answer is to get there earlier. But does anybody more in the know have any suggestions about what is good, what is not, when to go, etc...?

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  1. By WP do you mean West Port?

    1. west paterson?

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      1. re: Dcemont

        I think it's White Plains.

        1. re: shellyesq

          Yes, OP meant White Plains

          1. re: SweetPea914

            yeah, address below if anyone is interested.

            I've liked Kam Sen in the past, though never had their dim sum. Here's my impression. I'm a chinese food fan, but by no means an expert. I like that Kam Sen is pretty authentic - not the same stuff you get at the american chinese joints. However, I don't get that vibrant, fresh chinese food cuisine feel when I go there. It seems a little heavier, greasier than the really good places in Chinatown (or even aberdeen to some extent). I guess what I'm saying is that Kam Sen seems more like fast food (but real chinese fast food, not fake chinese fast food) rather than great chinese cuisine. And that's perfectly ok to me, btw. There's something comforting about that.

            Wow, I have no idea if that made any sense. But how that relates to the original post is that I'm curious to see if the dim sum transcends the quality of their other steam-table items? Does the dim sum seem fresh, handmade, etc.?

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            Kam Sen Foods
            22 Barker Ave, White Plains, NY 10601

            1. re: adamclyde

              I've only tried the pork ears and found them inedible.

              1. re: dolores

                Are you talking about the sliced pork ears? What was wrong with them?

                1. re: pabboy

                  They were 90% gelatin and 10% ear.

              2. re: adamclyde

                I tried going there yesterday and I could not seem to find it. Is it in the same location as google-map/yahoo-map/mapquest points to? Or is it inside White Plains Mall?

                1. re: kwaam_rak

                  Yes, they're inside the White Plains mall, on the same floor as the Motor Vehicle office.

        2. I have been there at 10am when they open and the steam box is up and running. I haven't gotten beyond the pork buns from the steam box. Was going to order shu mei, but I chickened out, I just wasn't sure about it either.

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          1. re: Dim Sum Diva

            I had the big pork buns, which I mistakenly thought were roast pork buns but turned out to be buns with lumps of pork (not sweet, no sauce) inside. I later tried the smaller buns which were better, but not great.

            I have tried the shrimp in rice noodle, which I crave, and have found them to be pretty good when they haven't been sitting in the box all morning. Same goes for the shiu mai and shrimp shiu mai. I'm wondering if anybody's been more adventurous.

            AdamClyde, what you say makes sense to me. I've stayed away from their American-Chinese food bar, but for some reason the dim sum seems much more promising, maybe because it is separate and next to the excellent roast pork/rib station.

            1. re: Wizzapizza

              Please don't categorize their hot food bar as "American-Chinese" The variety of dishes would put many Chinese restaurants to shame. I'm not saying the food is great but I haven't found bitter melon, pork belly with "mei cai", or red-roast seaweed at any Westchester Chinese restaurants.

              1. re: pabboy

                I agree. I don't think they are american chinese, rather sort of like fast-food chinese, authentic chinese style, if that makes any sort of sense at all. in other words, a little greasier, not freshly prepared, etc. but still better than what is the typical american chinese places in Westchester.

                pabboy, how do you like their dim sum?

                1. re: adamclyde

                  I've only had a few of their items. Some of the items were straight out of their frozen section. I would much rather go across the street to Aberdeen and wait 10 minutes for some of the best dim sum around. They don't have the variety but I would venture to say Aberdeen is better than anything in Chinatown.

                  I do like Kam Sam's charsiu pork, crispy skin pork and roast duck. They definitely make some excellent Catonese specialties.

              2. re: Wizzapizza

                From my memory going to Kam Sen, I think they have a few "Sesame Chicken / General Tso's Chicken"-ish dishes on weekdays. Then on weekends the menu reverts back to a higher proportion of authentic Chinese dishes. During the week, a lot of non-Chinese who work around downtown White Plains (some construction workers and some office workers, etc) go there so they tend to offer a few Chinese American items. However, there might still be some authentic Chinese items mixed in to cater to those who would like them. .

            2. I have tried their fried spring rolls, which were pretty authentic in my opinion, similar to the ones you will find at dim sum restaurants. I also have tried their shrimp dumplings (Har Gaw) and they were descent too. I think you made a good point about getting them on weekends. They are probably fresher that way because of higher turnover rate. I go to Kam Sen a lot on weekdays (after work) and at around 7 PM the workers start to empty out racks from the steamer to cool off dimsums. I am assuming that they are going to put them in the refrigerator overnight then reheated the next day again so I wouldn't recommend getting the dimsums during the week. I also think some of their pan-fried buns get really hard during the week too. The freshly made buns were probably made over the weekend and then refrigerated so the skin gets tougher/drier, although they still taste pretty good after re-heating in the microwave at home.

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              1. re: bearmi

                going at the right time is probably key. I've had absolutely terrible dim sum offerings there because they were sitting around and cold. Terrible and greasy. But I've also had some decent stuff too. I only go weekday lunches, though and probably not the best time.

              2. I think Kam Sen offers pretty good and authentic dim sum but you have to understand this is within the supermarket so you can't expect too much. I sugguest to try this Chinese restaurant in the bestbuy plaza on central avenue (with trader joes, marshalls, etc). They have a good selection of authentic dim sum there and it's a nicer enviroment than being in a supermarket.