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Aug 26, 2008 06:36 AM

Chinatown Dim Sum take out

I'm looking for a recommendation for a take out dim sum places. They are more of a hole in the wall type place (I'm not looking for a large sit down full dim sum resturant), that some smaller variety of dim sum for take out. Thanks in advance.


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  1. 9 chatham sq. cheap tasty dim sum from a hole in the wall place.

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    1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

      i think that for take out 9 chatham is probably your best bet....they've got a ton of take out and its generally fairly fresh as a lot of people go there for take out dim sum

      they do have good cha siu bao (roast pork buns) although not as good as SSK or MLW, but much better than avg ctown places and i find their dim sum to be passable as long as its fresh (although they try to push the old stuff on you if ure sitting down).

      its not the best place in ctown, but its better than avg and sort of specializes in take out

    2. You might want to check out the recent discussion on the revived and revised Mei Li Wah Bakery on Bayard for their BBQ pork buns and other items. There was also a discussion of Sun Say Kai on Canal in the interim period while Mei Lai Wah/Mei Li Wah was closed. If you like the more "modern" varieties (e.g., hot dog bao, ham and corn bao) good places are Dragon Land at 125 Walker; Double Crispy at 230 Grand St. or Hon Cafe at 70 Mott St.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        But buns is not considered dim sum unless they're a petite miniature bite size version.

        1. re: DarthEater

          Sun Say Kai has a limited Dim Sum offering seven days a week...and if my recollection is good, all day as well. They will always have (please forgive my spelling if incorrect):

          1. Har Gow
          2. Shu Mai
          3. Beef Rolls in Rice Noodles?

          It's been a while since I was there, but they may also have the following as well:

          1. Shrimp Rolls in Rice Noodles?
          2. Yuba wrapped Duck Webs
          3. Yuba wrapped pork
          4. Beef Meatballs
          4. Steamed Stuffed Tofu
          5. Steamed Spareribs with Black Beans
          6. Sticky Rice Wrapped in Leaves

          While Sun Say Kai does not have a steamer in the window, their steamer (which also houses the steamed buns) is up front behind the coffee counter in the front of the restaurant opposite the barbeque meats counter.

          Don't forget to order some of the best coffee available in the city to go with your take-out. A ten ounce cup for less than a buck.

          1. re: fourunder

            In that case, I can list several bakeries in chinatown with steam cabinets behind the counter that sells dim sum.

            Mee Sum on Pell st. is old school and reminds me of SFO but I'm not too fond of their dim sum. Their taro cake looks good though.

      2. As a point of clarification, there's no place like San Francisco Chinatown for lots of places with take out dim sum with the steamers in the window. In New York Chinatown you're more likely to have a bakery where they bring the stuff out from the back or a small sit down restaurant with dim sum take out in front.

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Agreed but there must be a few and I was hoping that someone could point me to one.

          Still looking....

          1. re: Soup

            One thing I just realized is that a number of the places you like in San Francisco actually have "Dim Sum" in the name of the shop, e.g., You's, Louie, Broadway. Offhand I can't think of anyplace in Manhattan Chinatown that is similarly named. There was the legendary May May Gourmet Dim Sum on Pell St., but they closed down last year. Also there was once a place on Division called 31 Division Dim Sum but they've been gone for years.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              I miss May May so much!

              Soup, as some of the other posters have mentioned, you may get some limited take-out dim sum offerings. Deluxe Food Market (which seems to be temporarily closed now) has cheung fun, individual plastic bowls of congee, some dumplings and buns. But Chandavkl is correct -- there's nothing like those take-out dim sum places like they have in SF's Chinatown. Those are great. Right before my flight one morning, I picked a whole bunch up and ate them happily at the airport.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Miss Needle, I DO TOOO!!!!!! Have you found a replacement for the zhongs that they sold? I've tried to get them at a few places in Chinatown and none have been good so far.

                1. re: kelea

                  Sadly no. I think it's getting to the point I may have to attempt to make a modified version at home. There's a recipe in Saveur, and looks really time consuming. But I'm thinking that you can make a whole bunch at once and freeze. And I don't think I would try to bother with the whole triangle shape -- that's where the time consuming part comes in.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    kelea and Miss Needle,

                    When May May or was it Mei Mei Bakery was scheduled to close last September, I made a trip into Chinatown specifically to purchase a supply of zhongs/jungs/joongs. If I remember correctly, I purchased about 60 large sized and thought all were gone.....until I found a bag hidden in the large chest freezer last month....with 12 pieces in it. Believe it or not, I still have six left and they have help up just fine frozen for nearly a year. Nothing will ever come close.

                    Oh the memories...

                    1. re: fourunder

                      well its the same name actually in chinese, but in english it said may may and their zhongzi were quite good...i dont think there is a replacement for them in ctown (although id be happy if someone was up to the challenge of finding one)

                      1. re: Lau

                        Have you tried Sun Say Kai's? I think I've seen a woman selling them from time to time near the corner of Eldridge and Canal.

                      2. re: fourunder

                        What a treasure! If I knew they were closing, I would have done exactly the same thing. DH loves those joongs, and I've had a hard time finding a good substitute.

                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          I wish i payed more attention when I was younger and my grandma used to make me help with the process. It is quite the artform. :( May may will always be missed. :(

                      3. re: Miss Needle

                        My father does that and it freezes beautifully with no freezer taste to it. Just make sure you cook it before freezing it. The triangle shape comes naturally and doesn't take any longer than an irregular shaped one.

                    2. re: Miss Needle

                      Yes, on the days we leave San Francisco we'll take boxes of the stuff back home. Don't think any take out dim sum place in LA or NY has the snow pea leaf dumplings like you see in the windows of the places in SF Chinatown.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Oh, those snow pea leaf dumplings are divine! They're huge and filling and relatively light (as there's no meat). Makes a wonderful breakfast and/or light meal or snack. I definitely haven't seen that in any of the take-out places here.

                      2. re: Miss Needle

                        Great minds think alike. I do a takeout and bring it on to the plane. Way better than anything united offers me to eat.

                      3. re: Chandavkl

                        Dim Sum Go Go...probably more upscale than the OP wants but they do takeout.

                  2. I used to get really comforting haw gaw (sp?) from this hole in the wall tea-counter that was on the corner of mott and mosco....above Hop Kee. But it closed down and I was so upset....after that I would splurge on Ping take out on sundays. Also on Mott. I like their chicken feet, their spare rib tips, haw gaw, and their taro cake with bits of pork inside. All available for take out.
                    For some reason, I just dont like the bigger mega restaurants for dimsum in NYC. In Queens, though, I dont mind. Ocean Jewel and Jade Asian are delish.

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                    1. re: missinfo

                      when I get a dim sum craving is usally use the Grand Harmony on 88 Mott. Yes, it's a giant "dim sum palace" but thier is a little counter near the door you can go and just order things to go. I am particularly fond of their Shrimp Cakes with chinese chives (those somewhat patty shaped dumplings with the mostly garlic chive filling). Their shrimp balls are pretty good too though (warning to those with nut allergies) they roll them in "almonds" (proably actually "chinese almons" i.e. edible apricot kernels based on the shape). The steamed shrim chive duplings aren't half bad either and are a good choice if they don't have the cakes that day (though being steamed they're a lot wetter and messier)

                      1. re: jumpingmonk

                        Oh nice! I didnt know there was a "takeout counter" lol...I'll def try there...maybe even this weekend. My standards of measure are usually the shrimp in rice noodle (haw cheung?sp?), chicken feet, har gaw, and ginger/garlic greens of some sort. I'll try to compare and report back. For some reason, I dont like Go Go as much, kind of sterile. And Chatham was good but a lil fancy.

                        Has anyone tried this tiny "fast food" type spot that is on the 2nd floor, on Mosco btw Mott and Mulberry? No idea of the name

                        1. re: missinfo

                          yeah i just noticed that fast food place you're talking about the other day...i looked at the menu for 2 secs...sort of seemed interesting and real easy to miss

                          would be curious if anyone had tried that place yet

                          1. re: missinfo

                            it used to be a pizzeria, there are some reviews on this board, I'll look around there are some threads. its also on midtownlunch:


                            1. re: missinfo

                              Here's a place link (with menu) ...

                              Yee Eng Home Cooking
                              105 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

                        2. I like Canal Seafood Palace, the place on Canal Street (south side) pretty far west, west of McDonald's and Pearl Paint, etc. They have most everything for takeout; I used to be addicted to their chive and shrimp crystal dumplings, their charsiu su (roast pork pastry) and their "Big Bun" which is a giant steamed bun (sometimes I don't like that partic style of bread, uses a partic flour, but is stuffed w/ 4 kinds of meat, half a hard-boiled egg, and very hearty. they have a lot of diff. dimsum for takeout as well as decent roast pork buns. the place renovated last year, but prices should still be decent.