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Dim Sum for Dinner in SD?

Paladar Feb 1, 2009 09:29 AM

Is there any place that serves dim sum at dinner in San Diego? It doesn't matter if it's push cart or menu. We'd like to go tomorrow night -- a Monday -- which might even make it a little tougher.

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    araknd RE: Paladar Feb 1, 2009 08:23 PM

    The only place that I can think of that might is Dumpling Inn, 4619 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111 (858) 268-9638; it's across the parking lot from Jasmine.

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      mliew RE: araknd Feb 2, 2009 11:20 AM

      Maybe you're confused with somewhere else but Dumpling Inn does not serve any dim sum period, let alone at night.

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        Beach Chick RE: mliew Feb 2, 2009 11:33 AM

        Love dumpling inn and I never have seen dim sum carts or a menu that states they have it.
        Jasmine has dim sum..
        I am craving the veggie dumplings from dumpling inn..the best and I have them pan fried and they serve me that brown sauce with the chili paste mix...heaven!

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          araknd RE: mliew Feb 2, 2009 11:57 AM

          OK, well, maybe a definition is due. Dim sum is not a menu selection in and of itself. Dim sum is more of a generic reference to the small plates of dumpling like servings or other plates served for brunch/lunch in Chinese eating establishments. So just about anything like potstickers or siu mai, or haw gao or small plates of noodles may be referred to as "dim sum".

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            PeterL RE: araknd Feb 2, 2009 01:03 PM

            Not really. Dim sum specifically refers to a type of Cantonese cuisine. Now others may co-op the name, but at least put in a qualifier such as Shanghai dim sum.

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              araknd RE: PeterL Feb 2, 2009 01:40 PM

              I will concede that generically here in the US "dim sum" refers to primarily Cantonese cuisine, but I think that the original poster is looking for the small plates of dumplings, which he wants to consume at a "non-traditional" time and the Dumpling Inn can accommodate.

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                daantaat RE: araknd Feb 2, 2009 03:12 PM

                araknd--how on earth did you understand the OP wanted dumplings, not dim sum? dumplings are a Northern Chinese specialty and dim sum is of Cantonese (Southern Chinese) origin and typically served mid-day. The OP appears to have wanted Cantonese dim sum, given their reference to "push cart or menu" style.

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                  clayfu RE: araknd Feb 3, 2009 03:50 PM

                  The poster also says he wants push cart, who pushes carts of dumplings around?

                  Man can't possibly be wrong right?

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                    araknd RE: clayfu Feb 4, 2009 06:24 AM

                    OK, OK. I yield to my betters.

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          Green_Turtle RE: Paladar Feb 1, 2009 09:34 PM

          Yum Cha Cafe just opened, they're open until 8pm.

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            Ed Dibble RE: Green_Turtle Feb 2, 2009 01:46 PM

            Good point. I haven't been there yet, but Kirk's post is informative:


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            surfer1966 RE: Paladar Feb 2, 2009 01:45 PM

            You can get dim sum for dinner at:

            Hong Kong BBQ & Dim Sum
            10550 Camino Ruiz
            (between Mira Mesa Blvd & Reagan Rd)
            San Diego, CA 92126
            (858) 408-4888

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              DougOLis RE: Paladar Feb 2, 2009 02:55 PM

              Jasmine or China Max

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                mliew RE: DougOLis Feb 3, 2009 11:47 AM

                Neither serve dim sum during dinner time.

              2. Paladar RE: Paladar Feb 4, 2009 12:33 PM

                Thanks everyone for the help. Dumpling Inn probably would have worked but it is closed on Mondays. We went to the Yum Cha Cafe which had two things going for it -- really cheap prices and super fast service. Wouldn't say the quality, service or ambiance offered anything at all to the evening, but 2/2 is an important date in the family and my hands were tied.

                I've been to both Jasmine & Emerald over the years and while they don't compare with places in Honolulu, the Bay area or Vancouver BC (three places I eaten a lot of Dim Sum) they are much better quality-wise over Yum Cha. I am excited to try the place in RB that I read about in my research. Hadn't heard about it before.

                Trust me though, Yum Cha sufficed just fine for our needs Monday night.

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                  daantaat RE: Paladar Feb 4, 2009 06:20 PM

                  I doubt any dim sum in SD would hold up to SF or Vancouver, two cities with excellent Chinese food. However, if you're in Vegas and needing a dim sum fix, Cathay House on Spring Mountain Rd is the best in town and can hold its own against LA and SF.

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                    mliew RE: Paladar Feb 5, 2009 09:27 AM

                    IMO China Max has the best dim sum in SD. Jasmine is pretty mediocre and Emerald is hit or miss. Which place in RB are you referring to? Pearl? If so it's the sister restaurant to Emerald so I would assume the dim sum would be on the same level but I've never had it before. Let us know if you go and what you think of it.

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                      araknd RE: mliew Feb 5, 2009 10:13 AM

                      While Pearl is a sister restaurant to Emerald, the quality of the dim sum is much higher. I used to go to Jasmine a lot and Emerald less often because the quality of the food was not as good as Jasmine. When Pearl opened, it was very apparent that the food was better prepared and a much wider variety of dishes than were ever offered at Emerald.

                  2. Chandavkl RE: Paladar Feb 11, 2009 07:47 PM

                    When I went there a year or so ago, Mandarin Gourmet, 4410 Bonita Road in Bonita had dim sum at night. I don't think it's been mentioned on the board, but I found their ad in the Chinese newspaper and the food was authentic and good.

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