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Aug 2, 2008 12:58 PM

Great Vegetarian Dumplings in the Bay Area?

Seems like every place known for its dumplings has outstanding pork, beef, XLB, etc. options but their vegetarian dumplings always are an afterthought? Where can I go to get superlative vegetable dumplings?

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    1. I've had good ones at Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville.

      Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood
      3199 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

      1. Harmony in Mill Valley's Strawberry Village -- went to a vegan reception there, fantastic! Their menu lists lots of choices in dim sum and noodle dishes.

        1. Shan Dong in Oakland (10th St. between Webster and Harrison) offers very good vegetarian dumplings, definitely not an afterthought. You can also buy them frozen to take home and enjoy at any hour.

          1. Yank Sing's vegetarian dumplings are really good. I wasn't super-impressed with their standard dim sum offerings (they're fine but didn't convince me they were worth the premium price), but many of the veg dumplings were ones I haven't seen anywhere else. I esp liked the snow pea shoot dumpling, and the mushroom dumpling (both flavorful fillings encased in a translucent rice wrapper.)

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            1. re: daveena

              A question for you, daveena:
              Did Yank Sing move locations? I'm going to be up in San Francisco next month and I wanted to go back to Yank Sing. I haven't been there in a few years and I vaguely remember the location being near the TransAmerica building. Which location am I thinking of?
              Yep, I'm going for the vegetarian offerings. I'm only in town for one day, via cruiseship, so I want to revisit some of the places my Chinese co-workers recommended to me back in the day.

              1. re: scabbardgirl

                There are two Yank Sings - I've only been to the one in the Rincon Center. Enjoy your visit!

                Yank Sing Banquet & Catering
                101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

                Yank Sing
                49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

                1. re: scabbardgirl

                  You probably remember the 427 Battery location. It closed when they opened the Rincon Center location, 10 years ago.

                  1. re: scabbardgirl

                    If you are on a cruise ship then the Spear Street location in the Old Post Office on Mission near the Ferry Building and Embarcadero is the closest. It is also a little better ambiance-wise and has a slightly bigger selection.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Thanks to all about the different locations now of Yank Sing. I can't believe it's been that long since I've been in San Francisco!

                  2. re: daveena

                    Translucent rice wrapper? Do you mean the same type of wrapper used for the famous Har Gow shrimp dumplings? For the longest time, I thought those wrappers were made of rice, but it turns out that they are made from wheat starch. I plan to challenge making them some time, maybe a dozen at first. I have heard that wheat starch is VERY hard to work with.

                    1. re: Tripeler

                      I never knew that! Always assumed they were rice.

                      Will you be posting pics of your homemade dim sum in Home Cooking, a la vliang's adventures in XLB making?