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Dec 1, 2008 07:46 PM

portland dim sum

Recent transplant to PDX from NYC and am looking for some good dim sum.

Also salt n' pepper squid. Thanks ChowHounds.

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  1. If you're in the NW area stop in at House of Hong on NW 4th and NW Davis. A couple of places in SE Portland are Legin and Wong's King on SE Division.

    1. This is not a good town for Chinese in general.
      Best, but still not so good, is Wong's King for Dim Sum.

      I like Shenzhen on 82nd.

      For the good stuff I go to SF or Vancouver BC.

      1. Slim pickin's in Portland in general. If you have to eat dim sum, it'll have to be either Wong's King or maybe Jin Wah in Beaverton (next to Sushiland).

        There's some good salt 'n pepper squid at Thien Hong on Sandy. Haven't been there in quite a while now, though.

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        1. re: HungWeiLo

          Surprised a little because it appears PDX has fairly large Asian population.

          I will try Wong's and Thien Hong. Thanks for the response.

          1. re: deepfatfried

            Our strong suit as to Asian is Viet, Japanese, and Thai.
            Another vote for Jin Wah.

            1. re: Leonardo

              Pleasantly surprised by all the Vietnamese cuisine! I'm a big fan of pho.

              How about a sushi spot for lunch? I don't mind expensive if it's high quality.

              1. re: deepfatfried

                What part of town are you looking at for sushi?

                1. re: Nettie

                  Eastside (N or S) is best but I can cruise into Downtown as well. I heard Syun in Hillsboro is very good but I can't make that trek.

                  1. re: deepfatfried

                    OK--I work in Hillsboro, so my lunchtime sushi places are kinda far to the west for you. But I would agree that Syun is too much of a trek for lunch--I've had good meals there, but it wouldn't justify that much travel.

                    1. re: Nettie

                      What are some lunchtime sushi places in Hillsboro aside from Syun??

                      I would highly recommend Hiroshi in the Pearl for lunch, they have the BEST nigiri in my opinion in the area (although I have yet to try Murata). Must try the buri belly, heaven!

                      926 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

                      1. re: bnj999

               are darn lucky to have even one good Japanese place in Hillsboro. Syun is the only one I'd ever consider eating at. Sure there are others but they are not anything recommendable.

                  2. re: Nettie

                    Eastside (N or S) is best. I can cruise into Downtown as well. I heard great things about Syun in Hillsboro but I can't make that trek.

                    1. re: deepfatfried

                      Oops ... sorry for duplicate. I'm multitasking.

                2. re: Leonardo

                  I keep hearing people say Viet and Thai are Portland's "strong suit" relative to Asian. I have to say that most of the Viet places I've been to are mediocre at best, and none seem to have "full" menus stretching much beyond soups, noodles and sandwiches. Even the much lauded places are not very good, relative to what I've had in other places. The banh cuon joint next to Fubonn was the closest, and it has closed. Thai? Well, Pok Pok is certainly exemplary. But have not found much else...some have raved about Dang's in Lake Oswego, but I tried it and wasn't that impressed, though may go back to give it another chance... Yeah, there is some ok pho around, but Viet food goes way beyond that. I have to say that the Chinese food ain't so hot, but neither are the Viet and Thai places I've tried. Even a Vietnamese nurse I recently met in the hospital told me that there are no good Vietnamese restaurants in Portland...yeah, the good stuff is always at home, but all my Vietnamese pals in other towns will always have a fave eatery.

                  1. re: sambamaster

                    My favorite Viet place right now is Yen Ha, which definitely has a full menu as well as an extensive specials menu. In fact, I'm probably going to head there for lunch.


                    If you're interested in sushi, the better ones in my opinion are Hiroshi and Murata, the former being in the Pearl and the latter in downtown.

                    1. re: SauceSupreme

                      i went to Yen Ha, the food was really not very good. but maybe they make it differently for non-Asians. the lemongrass chicken i had was comically had a red gloppy sauce akin to sweet and sour almost, not like any version I've any where from east to west coast. nasty even. can't believe they would serve that to ANY Vietnamese table, it would have been rejected immediately. I'll give it another try, and insist on not being served anything made for "American taste".

                3. re: deepfatfried

                  There's a sizable Asian population in Portland - but the SE Asians outnumber Chinese in Portland by about 50%. Many in the Chinese community drive 7-8 hours to Vancouver for real Chinese food like it's nothing (or Seattle if they really really hate driving). While Vietnamese is good, I see the overall quality going downhill in the last 5 years or so.

                  Like someone already mentioned, there doesn't seem to be much beyond pho houses. There's just not the population critical mass required for better dining options. Asian food is relatively weak in Portland, aside from the few outliers (Pok Pok). Since you're on the eastside, I remember a place called Ichidai on Powell that was pretty decent (although call before you go as they have weird hours)

                    1. re: Leonardo

                      Yes - Kappaya is also pretty nice.

              2. House of Louie in Chinatown has a nice dim sum service, as does Fong Chong across the street. Wong's King is good to (pretty much only for dim sum though) - however, they have received some substandard health dept reports over the past few years I understand.