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If I like Ton Kiang in SF what Peninsula dim sum spot?

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We'll be driving from the East Bay to near Palo Alto next Sunday and would like to get some dim sum on the way. We are open to driving out of the way for a great place. I know there is huge debate about what the best dim sum so I thought I'd just put it out there that I've always liked Ton Kiang because it's fresh and not overly greasy and a bit upscale. I would appreciate standouts in the BBQ pork buns and ha gau. Any ideas for places that would fit the bill? For those that also like Ton Kiang do you have any favorites in the South Bay?

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  1. Dynasty in Cupertino is quite good, particularly the "Ha Gau." It's in the Vallco shopping center on the ground floor. Joy Luck Place in the Cupertino Ranch 99 plaza is very popular and crowded on the weekends, but I find it to be average, somewhat overrated.

    1. Cupertino's answering the south bay part of your request....

      On your flight plan, I'd suggest Joy Luck in San Mateo. Also a bit upscale, very low on the grease factor, fresh taste, super tasty. Joy Luck gets only moderate love on this board, I suspect because the prices are a little higher than other joints, and the Chinese are hard-core about prices.

      I like the *baked* bbq pork buns at Fu Lam Mum in MV, but it's a little more "standard chinese" (higher grease factor, lower prices).

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      1. re: bbulkow

        Someone started another thread that said Joy Luck in S'Mateo is closing.

        Fu Lam Mum, Joy Luck, Asian Pearl are all as good or better than Ton Kiang; I like Koi Palace the best.

        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Joy Luck Place
        10911 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

        Fremont Asian Pearl
        43635 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538

        Fu Lam Mum
        155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

        1. re: Claudette

          I read that. They better reopen - that's all I'm saying.

      2. If you're driving over the San Mateo bridge, ABC in foster city would be an easy stop. I've not been recently but look for posts on it by KK.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I agree ABC in Foster City is very good. Fresh seafood, live shrimp/prawns, lobster and dugeness crab.

        2. If you're driving across 84, there's Asian Pearl in Fremont.

          Fremont Asian Pearl
          43635 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538

          1. If you are driving the San Mateo bridge your most convenient stop would be ABC Seafood in Foster City, further on, Joy Luck in San Mateo. Both are very good. There are no good dim sum place between San Mateo and Palo Alto.

            1. Fook Yuen in Millbrae used to be my favorite Dim Sum place, but I have not been in awhile. Better than ABC IMHO.

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              1. re: dhoffman1421

                I believe Fook Yuen went way downhill. It may have once been the best in the area, but there are now several superior choices on the same street.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Where else is good in Millbrea on ECR besides HKFL? I see a lot of spots there, but how's about some current specifics?

                    1. re: david kaplan

                      Definitely Zen Peninsula. Also The Kitchen, Asian Pearl.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Yes, it did go way downhill, but KK reports that Fook Yuen may have a new owner.

                    Where to for dim sum in Millbrae?

                2. We were at HKFL a few weeks ago, and it was good, but nothing memorable. We haven't been to any of the other Millbrae and Foster City places lately because, until it closed a couple of days ago, we've prefered Joy Luck San Mateo. However, since April, we've been making the drive down to Palo Alto, to Tai Pan, where we're much happier with both the food and the overall dining experience. My recent post is linked below: