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deepfatfried Dec 1, 2008 07:46 PM

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

Also salt n' pepper squid. Thanks ChowHounds.

  1. m9664w Dec 1, 2008 08:01 PM

    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.

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      Leonardo Dec 1, 2008 08:04 PM

      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.

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        HungWeiLo Dec 2, 2008 07:03 AM

        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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          deepfatfried Dec 2, 2008 05:52 PM

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

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

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            Leonardo Dec 2, 2008 06:16 PM

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

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              deepfatfried Dec 2, 2008 06:47 PM

              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.

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                Nettie Dec 3, 2008 08:43 AM

                What part of town are you looking at for sushi?

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                  deepfatfried Dec 3, 2008 08:55 AM

                  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.

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                    Nettie Dec 3, 2008 09:19 AM

                    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.

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                      bnj999 Dec 4, 2008 01:10 PM

                      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!

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                      926 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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                        Leonardo Dec 4, 2008 06:23 PM

                        Um...you 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.

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                    deepfatfried Dec 3, 2008 09:02 AM

                    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.

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                      deepfatfried Dec 3, 2008 09:07 AM

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

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                  sambamaster Dec 2, 2008 08:59 PM

                  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.

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                    SauceSupreme Dec 3, 2008 09:38 AM

                    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.

                    http://www.saucesupreme.com/babble/ye...

                    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.

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                      sambamaster Dec 3, 2008 04:34 PM

                      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 bad...it 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".

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                  HungWeiLo Dec 3, 2008 10:59 AM

                  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)

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                    Leonardo Dec 3, 2008 01:58 PM

                    Also Kappaya on Division.

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                      HungWeiLo Dec 3, 2008 04:51 PM

                      Yes - Kappaya is also pretty nice.

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                chefguy Dec 4, 2008 01:53 PM

                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.

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