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Oct 28, 2010 10:22 PM

Dim Sum in Tampa?

Hello Fellow Foodies!

Bunch of us from all over the country will be descending on Tampa for fa four-day dance competition (we are all competitors) and a small crowd of us have been drooling for Dim Sum for the past six months. I know Tampa is not the best city in the country to find dim sum, but we're hoping we might get lucky.

Do any of you Floridians know of a good place? We'll be at the Tradewinds Island Grand, St. Pete Beach, in two weeks.

Anyone know where we can get Dim Sum? I will be eternally indebted!


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  1. China Yuan is good, provided you don't mind driving a few miles into Tampa from the Tradewinds resort.

    Just be prepared to make a reservation on the weekend.

    Of course Yummy House, which is just down the road from China Yuan, serves up a pretty good meal also.

    China Yuan
    8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

    Yummy House
    2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

    1. China Yuan has wonderful dim sum but they do not use the cart. They have a menu with pictures and give you a paper. Some things are ready like the shrimp dumplings and sticky rice but most are prepared to order. I love their pan fried dumplings, chive dumplings, shrimp dumplings, char sui, fish balls, shrimp balls, etc...
      Yummy House also has excellent Chinese but IMO China Yuan beats them hands down on dim sum.
      If you are looking to drive up from the Trade Winds you would have about a 45-60 min drive. Most of the drive would be interstate though.
      ABC Seafood on the Pinellas side also has very good Chinese food but I do not think they are open that early on the weekends. CY and YH are both open by 11.

      China Yuan
      8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

      ABC Seafood Restaurant
      2705 54th Ave N Ste 3, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

      Yummy House
      2202 W Waters Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

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      1. re: rhnault

        ABC is great, but I don't think they have dim sum.

      2. I've always had a good experience doing Sunday dim sum brunch at TC Choy, they have a lot of options and 80+% of them are good to great. I also enjoyed dim sum at Chopstix up by USF. Both CY and YH are great spots, if you want a more formal table service restaurant with the carts I've yet to be disappointed at TC Choy (although the service isn't always the best)

        1441 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL

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        1. re: askdrtodd

          Yeah, there isn't a dim sum cart at CY. That said, the choices on the dim sum menu were all pretty good. I loved all of their steamed dumplings, and the chicken feet were good too.

          You know, I forgot all about TC Choy's dim sum brunch on Sundays. The last time I went to was with a couple of friends from out of town. I remember the food and selection was pretty good; but, the restaurant was really hopping, so it took a while to get our small party situated.

          Come to think of it, the Peking duck and the steamed eel at CY were also really good. Hmm, I guess I'll be going back to CY pretty soon...

        2. Mmmm! Stuffed tofu at China Yuan! Crisp on the outside, silky smooth on the inside, delicious shrimp paste stuffing.

          It's closer to St Pete Beach, but Halong Bay is mediocre. I can't think of any really good Dim Sum in Pinellas County.

          China Yuan
          8502 N Armenia Ave Ste 1A, Tampa, FL 33604

          Halong Bay
          5944 34th St N Ste 40, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

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          1. re: proboscidian

            The Stuffed Bean Curd Sheet at China Yuan.... Gorgeous!
            Juicy, with a delicious delicate sauce... Chopped shrimp and vegetables inside...

            The Beef Tripe Dim Sum in a peppery, gingery broth...
            This particular type of tripe is chewy, but very clean in flavor...
            I prefer the 'honeycomb' tripe, that softens after it's cooked a while, but I like this too...


          2. CHINA YUAN. okay i've got a craving now. ooooooohhhhh. i need me some of that dim sum.

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            1. re: Manderley

              Yeah me too!
              I was whipped up into a frenzy looking at all these pics...

              1. re: Manderley

                Their pan fried dumplings are soooooo good. Lots of fresh ginger and a hint of sesame all mixed with the pork.

                1. re: Manderley

                  Maybe I should head out there now...