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Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 04:38 PM

I would like to have my cake and eat it too. I am looking for an authentic meal in Chinatown in SF, but not so authentic that we cannot understand the menu or staff. I wanted dim sum and had read the posts re Yank SIng which appears to only be open until about 3 pm.

Any suggestions for me?

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  1. Chandavkl RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 04:56 PM

    Most recent response to a similar question was Great Eastern.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6088...

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      Bill Greenberg RE: Chandavkl Apr 19, 2009 04:59 PM

      Do they do dim sum for dinner? Does anyone?

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        Chandavkl RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 06:00 PM

        Only dinnertime dim sum I can think of in the Bay Area is Dim Sum King in Daly City.

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          sfbing RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 06:34 PM

          I wouldn't be surprised if plenty of tourist traps in Chinatown serve dim sum for dinner. However, caveat emptor! If you are looking for an authentic meal, dim sum is brunch/lunch food. You want to go to a place where a lot of people are eating dim sum, and that is not going to be dinner time. Plus, making dim sum is a specialized skill and the dim sum chefs usually start work early morning and leave before dinner.

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            Melanie Wong RE: sfbing Apr 19, 2009 08:58 PM

            Typically the places that serve dim sum at dinner time are defrosting frozen dumplings . . . not worth it.

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              Chandavkl RE: Melanie Wong Apr 19, 2009 09:17 PM

              Or serving leftovers from lunch.

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            yimster RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 06:49 PM

            The answer to your question can you have dim sum for dinner I need to know do you want to just eat dim sum only or do you want a platter of dim sum as part of your meal?

            iIf you want to have just dim sum I am not sure if you just want a sampling of dim sum then you can if you call ahead to somewhere that serves dim sum for lunch but serves a regular dinner menu.

            Most dim sum chef work during the day and make some dim sum the night before and freeze them for the next day. Of course not the full selection. So if you call ahead I am sure they will tell you if they can do it for you.

            In addition to the places Ruth give you I have one to add, where I have had dim sum for dinner.

            Louie's

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            Louie's California Chinese
            646 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111-2106

        2. Ruth Lafler RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 19, 2009 05:06 PM

          Dim sum is generally served for lunch, which is why Yank Sing is only open until 3 p.m. You can get take-out later in the day, and a few kinds of dumplings off regular menus at dinner, but not full dim sum service. Dim sum is served two ways: in some places you can select off carts (or trays) that rove around the dining room; in some places there's a dim sum menu where you check off the dishes you want. What's tricky about making a recommendation is that "cart ladies" rarely speak much English, and the check menu is confusing if you don't know what the dishes are.

          If you go for carts, you can see exactly what you're getting before you choose it, and the cart lady should at least be able to tell you whether it's shrimp, pork, etc. If that makes you uncomfortable, then for Chinatown my suggestion would be to go to Great Eastern (which uses check menus) and ask the waiter to go over the dishes with you and make recommendations.

          For cart service in Chinatown I'd go with Gold Mountain.

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          Great Eastern Restaurant
          649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Gold Mountain Restaurant
          644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            Bprecie RE: Bill Greenberg Apr 20, 2009 05:03 AM

            Yank Sing is very expensive, make that, grossly overpriced. The ladies pushing the cart will give you the hard sell. Yank Sing is designed for business people and tourists who are willing to pay. It's a brilliant business model but not a good spot for reasonable dim sum. Don't consider dim sum for dinner. It's the equivalent of looking for freshly made oatmeal at dinner time.

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