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Dim Sum at Ocean Restaurant: Report

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We had a nice dim sum meal at Ocean Restaurant today. We were the first people in the place at 10:00am. We had:

Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Deep Fried Bun
Pork Dumpling
Potstickers
Baked BBQ Pork Bun
Steamed Leak w/Shrip Dumpling
Fresh Shrimp Steamed Soft Rice Noodle
Deep Fried White Rice Fish

The turnip cake was exceptionally tender and delicious. Everyone's favorite was the steamed leak w/shrimp dumpling (although the turnip cake gave it a tough race.) It was very sad when the soft rice noodle w/shrimp was gone. The potstickers were also delicious. The deep fried white rice fish were bigger than what I consider white rice fish, more the size of sardines, and they could have used a bit more jalapeno.

The pork dumpling (steamed) was fine but not particularly exciting. The baked BBQ pork buns were definitely not as good as the steamed ones we usually get from Wing Lee down the street, and could have been better. The deep fried bun was kind of like a donut with a small dish of creme anglaise to dip it in. No one wanted to eat it until they tasted the custard. Then, even though my youngest daughter was very full she ate a whole one anyway.

This, with tea for four (there's a charge of $ 0.50/per person) tax and tip came out to a whopping $25.00.

BTW, they're still offering the lobster lo mein and two lobster special, though I didn't note the prices.

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Ocean Restaurant - Closed (replaced by dif. rest.)
726 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Thanks for the update on Ocean.

    "The deep fried bun was kind of like a donut with a small dish of creme anglaise to dip it in. No one wanted to eat it until they tasted the custard. Then, even though my youngest daughter was very full she ate a whole one anyway."

    Sounds like you had a fried mantoh with sweetened condensed milk for dipping.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Condensed milk? That's funny! I did wonder what creme anglaise was doing in a Chinese restaurant, though.

      1. re: Euonymous

        Yeah, the sweetened condensed milk throws a lot of people. Not often seen in its unadulterated form, so they just can't quite place it.

    2. Yes, I had fried mantoh with sweetened condensed milk for dipping when I was in southern China earlier this year. Nice flavor and the sweetened condensed milk is lovely.

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      1. re: elise h

        What's the consensus opinion on what is the best dim sum restaurant? I see a lot of threads talking about individual Dim Sum places, but I can't seem to find one comparing them. I'm looking specifically in San Francisco.

        1. re: madtheswine

          Here we go again.... =)

          Here's the most recent thread on this topic:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446984

          1. re: shortexact

            Sorry, I guess i should've gone farther back into the history. The search feature gave me tons of threads, but I guess this one was buried in there. Thanks!