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Chinatown dim sum?

AustinNYCer Feb 3, 2008 08:28 AM

Anyone tried Chinatown's new dimsum offering? (I'm interested but skeptical, given that the one meal I've ever had at Chinatown -- the restaurant above Musashina, not the Center -- was one of the worst meals I've ever had.)

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    Sofa King RE: AustinNYCer Feb 3, 2008 09:31 AM

    Never had the Dim Sum @ Chinatown but i like to drink there (cold Sake). The best Chinese restaurant in A-town imho is Din-Ho @ 183 & Ohlin. Gotta like the Ho.

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      ChristineR RE: Sofa King Feb 3, 2008 10:54 AM

      Funny, I was just thinking of this same thing today. You can access menus of this link. I was wondering how it was also. http://www.chinatownaustin.com/direct...

    2. looper RE: AustinNYCer Feb 3, 2008 12:07 PM

      Okay, so we went to Dim Sum there this weekend and I have to say it may be the best Dim Sum in Austin. The selection is pretty diverse with some extravagant options (fried jalapenos, espresso glazed short ribs) and they also warm the pot stickers and taro cake at your table on a metal cart. The steamed dumplings come in a few varieties and are good, the BBQ pork buns are excellent, and the dessert selection is more extensive than most Dim Sum restaurants in Austin.

      Highly Recommended.

      Chinatown Restaurant
      3407 Greystone Dr, Austin, TX 78731

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        wrenfern RE: AustinNYCer Feb 4, 2008 04:33 PM

        Pretty damn good. I posted about it in the chinese dumplings thread a couple weeks ago. By far my favorite are the soup dumplings (pork only, no crab). I also love the shrimp on fried sugar cane sticks, but I think I just love having the fried sugar cane to gnaw on throughout my meal. I love the egg creams, though there are two desserts the staff calls egg creams. I prefer the steamed bun type egg cream, but there is a small custard egg cream that the staff always fawns over. All the dumplings are fantastic, mainly owing to the freshly handmade dough. The bloody marys are pretty darn good too, and I usually don't like them.

        I need to go back soon. There are so many things on the dish listing that sound great that I haven't tried yet.

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          mif RE: wrenfern Jul 11, 2009 02:04 PM

          Soup Dumplings?
          Were these "dumplings sitting in soup" or were they "soup contained inside of the dumpling"?

          I looked on the Chinatown Dim-Sum menu and saw no mention of soup dumplings but i did see Steamed BBQ pork buns. The soup dumplings I'm looking for are normally referred to as steamed pork buns so I'm optimistic, however, the inclusion of 'BBQ' in the title is confusing. In the soup dumplings I've had, an outer dumpling wrapper contains soup within and a ball of meat, not unlike the pork you'd find inside a pan fried dumpling.
          See photo attached of soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai in NY.
          Is that what's available at Chinatown on MoPac? They certainly had NO idea what I was talking about at Chinatown downtown!


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            agoodbite RE: mif Jul 12, 2009 06:17 AM

            What you describe is what's served during Dim Sum at Chinatown on MoPac on the weekends - a dumpling that contains soup and a pork filling. They're the only soup dumplings I've ever had and they are memorably delicious.

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              Kaya_n_Austin RE: mif Jul 24, 2009 02:26 PM

              Chinatown downtown just started offering dim sum this week.

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            orbitron RE: AustinNYCer Feb 13, 2008 11:13 AM

            I had Chinatown's dim sum for the first time last weekend and I think it is the best in Texas. If you know of better - please post because I want to try it. AustinNYCer - what did you have that was bad? I've liked (often loved) everything I've had there but only been there a few times. I'm a big fan of the beef stock in their wonton soup.

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              achtungpv RE: orbitron Feb 15, 2008 03:11 PM

              What days and times is dim sum offered at Chinatown?


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                oztilikefood RE: achtungpv Feb 17, 2008 11:08 AM

                Sat/Sun -- 11-2:30

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              oztilikefood RE: AustinNYCer Feb 17, 2008 11:08 AM

              I must second what everyone's saying about Chinatown (off MoPac not Bee Cave). The Dim Sum is the best I've had outside of San Francisco/New York. Lots of variety - I counted at least nine different variations of steamed dumplings. The pork soup dumplings are delicious -- as are the veggie ones...

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                ioprocessing RE: AustinNYCer Feb 25, 2008 06:54 AM

                We live just minutes from Chinatown Restaurant on Bee Cave Road and didn't know about the one on Greystone Dr. Thank you folks so much for recommending it! We went yesterday and were surprised at the selection and quality of the Dim Sum as well as how attentative the staff was and how much attention to detail every plate is presented and served. We have had Dim Sum from the East Coast to the West Coast (including four years in the Bay Area) and tried just about everywhere in Austin. I must say that the overall Dim Sum experience we had yesterday at Chinatown Restaurant on Greystone Dr was the best by far. Although I visited chowhound.com frequently, I never had the urge to register and post comments. I am making an exception today because I was really impressed and had a wonderful dining experience there. We were about to leave around 1:45 pm and they were still brining out new dishes that we haven't seen before and they all looked delicious. We will definitely go back there!

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                  Allison L. RE: AustinNYCer Feb 25, 2008 08:26 AM

                  To the people who have posted positive reviews -- how does Chinatown compare to other Austin dim sum favorites (Marco Polo, Pao's, T&S...)?

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                    rudeboy RE: Allison L. Feb 25, 2008 08:40 AM

                    There's a lot of first time posters on this thread, which makes me suspect. I may have to try it myself and write a report. I'll try and go this weekend.

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                      cowfish RE: Allison L. Feb 25, 2008 09:49 AM

                      I think the quality is better than the other places in town (T&S, Tien Hong, Shanghai). I can't really compare it to Marco Polo because I've only been there once and it was a long time ago. Chinatown seems to have more variety than the other places. When I can't afford to go to Chinatown, Shanghai is my favorite for "budget dim sum."

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                        jscro626 RE: Allison L. Feb 26, 2008 09:49 AM

                        We eat Dim Sum a few times a month and frequent all the places you listed. Marco Polo HAD been our favorite.

                        The quality of the food at Chinatown is very good. Everything just seemed fresher and more tasty than our normal Dim Sum haunts. Add to that they have some signature dishes you won't find at the other places, such as their Expresso Ribs, and the Sea Bass fillet, and you have a Dim Sum experience that is really a cut above everyone else.

                        Color us impressed. It was fantastic,

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                        dave19 RE: AustinNYCer Feb 25, 2008 04:34 PM

                        We went there a week and a half ago. It was pretty good. It was our first Austin Dim Sum experience so I can't compare to anywhere else around here. It did leave us still yearning for what we could get in Queens, but we enjoyed it. They apparently have some unique things my mother in law visiting from China had never seen anything remotely close to.

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                          mlin1 RE: AustinNYCer Mar 9, 2008 08:54 AM

                          I eat dim sum almost every other weekend in Austin. I would go every day if I could, I live next to Chinatown and have tried their dim sum once, felt the service was great but selection limited and the food was not great. The shrimp dumpling wrappers are a little gooey in texture, tend to fall apart, though the filling itself was nicely seasoned. The pan fried daikon cakes are nice and the fried chive dumplings are very gingery, which was somewhat unusual. I think that Shanghai is far and away superior for dim sum in terms of quality and extensive selection. Across the board the dumplings are delicious - better than anywhere I have been in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and as good as anything I have had in Taipei. I would rank Shanghai as the best dim sum in Austin, followed by Marco Polo, then Tien Hong/T&S, then Kim Son, Chinatown, then Golden Wok. The only other place I have heard of is Paos but I have not been there as it is too far. I do not believe Din Ho has dim sum. And if you are interested in Taiwanese breakfast (cruellers and congee etc) then I have heard good things about Asia Cafe but have not been there (they do not serve cantonese dim sum, however)

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                            greymage RE: AustinNYCer Mar 16, 2008 01:51 PM

                            Just did dim sum there, and was a little disappointed. It was good, but not exceptional. Some items, like the turnip cakes, were better than I've had elsewhere in Austin, and I liked their shrimp and leeks dumplings and their tarot pudding, but otherwise it seemed pretty standard. It did seem to have more fried foods and less steamed foods than other places, which I'd rate as a negative. I'd rank it above T&S but below Pao's and Shanghai.

                            To be fair, their espresso ribs showed up only after we were stuffed, and I didn't see the sea bass at all, so we might have missed their signature items.

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                              Yangpa RE: AustinNYCer Apr 2, 2008 02:06 PM

                              I went to Chinatown to this past weekend.
                              One of my Taiwanese friend recommended it so I had to try.
                              Wow! Everything was great! I don't eat meat except seafood but they had a lot of stuff I could eat.
                              I loved the Shrimp & Leek Dumpling, Chinese Broccoli, Shrimp & Scallop, Tofu Roll(It was fried but covered with Nori or something) and the Jasmin Tea was soooooooo good.
                              I think whoever lives in Austin should try this place at least once.
                              I didn't get to try Sea Bass either. It came after I was all stuffed. I will wait to try it next time.

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                                topodrinko RE: Yangpa Feb 1, 2009 10:53 AM

                                i just came back from Chinatown and I probably won't ever go back. i say this for a few reasons.

                                The first thing I hated about this place was the fact that their plates were so small. There is no possible way to eat dim sum comfortably with such small plates. You need room for condiments and food scraps that a lot of dim sum food leaves behind (crab claws, chewed sugar cane, bones, etc).

                                Secondly, the teapot our hot tea came in was squatty and made of glass so we could all be impressed with the chrysanthemum flowers inside. But they failed to explain the black straw stuffed into the spout. As all of my party took our turns trying to use the straw, it dawned on us that you had to pull it out almost all the way to get the best pour, without any flower bits. This was completely unnecessary, as having a normal tall teapot would fix the problem. I drink tea for the taste not the looks and I don't need a fragile clear glass pot filled with burning liquid to torment me throughout the meal.

                                Anyways, the food was hot and delicious, but some of the offerings were gross, such as the maple glazed ribs. It was the right disgusting combination of maple syrup and coffee. It belonged at TGI Fridays. The curried squid was made out of squid steaks instead of the more traditional baby squid. Neon orange angular shapes of crunchy/chewy very un-aromatic squid was a major disappointment. The soup dumpling was really tasty, but difficult to eat without a chinese soup spoon. I can at least say that I'd tried it now.

                                As someone else mentioned, there was quite a bit of fried items compared to steamed. Overall, I felt that my experience was good, but with cheaper, more traditional and better prepared dim sum out there, I don't feel a want to return.

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                                  Philly369 RE: topodrinko Feb 2, 2009 06:08 AM

                                  We went two Sundays ago, and having had dim sum in Philadelphia, New York, and a couple of places here, This was hands down the most delicious dim sum we've ever had. The only weak dish was the coffe glazed ribs - they tasted as though they dunked baked back ribs in pancake syrup :-(

                                  The salt and pepper shrimp, the stuffed snow crab claws were great, but the most delicious was the mini peking duck in a thick crepe. The meal was fantastic !

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                                caychanh RE: AustinNYCer Feb 11, 2009 06:41 PM

                                I'll have to check Chinatown out myself good DIM SUM is hard to come by. Especially here in austin.

                                1. Kaya_n_Austin RE: AustinNYCer Jul 24, 2009 02:27 PM

                                  Chinatown downtown is now offering dim sum. They kicked it off on Monday during their lunch service. Was there on Thursday, had Phoenix Talons. I'd already ordered an entree and didn't know about the dim sum since it isn't on the menu yet. Too bad. I really want to try the sugar cane shrimp & the miso sake baked sea bass.

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