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Dim Sum, once again

JoyM Jan 26, 2011 07:53 PM

I recently moved into the city from the Peninsula, and I've been trying some new dim sum places in the southern part of the city and nearby, in the hopes of finding something decent without having to drive all the way to Millbrae. I've tried Imperial Garden on San Bruno Ave. It gets a big plus for having Peking Duck, but is otherwise just ok. I've also tried Grand Palace in SSF, which gets a big plus for having shrimp and mango rolls, but is also otherwise just ok. Then recently a friend recommended King Wah in Daly City, and I thought it was excellent. The har gow were perfect and the BBQ pork was tender and sweet, both by itself and in the char siu bao -- my two personal dim sum barometers. I may regret telling everyone, but I highly recommend this place. 209 Southgate Ave. Worthy of a chowdown, IMHO, but I'm too lazy to organize it.

In our travels to the East Bay, we've found another good dim sum place -- This Old Place on Grand Ave. in Oakland. The dim sum is very good, not great, but the prices are so low it's ridiculous. You can seriously stuff yourself for less than 10 bucks.

King Wah Restaurant
209 Southgate Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

  1. Windy Jan 26, 2011 08:00 PM

    On the southern side, check out S&T on Noriega and 33rd. We've had very good, inexpensive dim sum there. Go early though. They have fried pumpkin with salty egg yolk, and nice spicy rice noodles with XO sauce.

    The best things at Imperial Garden are the chicken feet and the rice balls with black sesame. It also helps if you order off the menu rather than wait for the trays to have what you want.

    S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
    2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

    1. wolfe Jan 27, 2011 06:27 AM

      Have you tried Tai Wu? Heck if ypu are going to drive to Oakland.

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      1. re: wolfe
        pengrin Jan 27, 2011 08:53 AM

        My favorite on the peninsula and their XO dish is delicious http://www.flickr.com/photos/pengrin/... is Hung To 221 South Spruce Avenue South San Francisco, CA, 94080
        Phone: 650-877-0828

        1. re: wolfe
          Atomica Feb 11, 2011 06:25 AM

          Mr. Fong's Tai Wu in Daly City has been our favorite for the past 6 months or so. His bakery is also quite good (same mall). I also love City View, but it's too pricy for frequent visits from this family.

          Placemarker below for Tai Wu in Foster City is not what I'm referring to.

          City View Restaurant
          662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Tai Wu Restaurant
          1080 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

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          abbyj Feb 10, 2011 07:29 PM

          Ok, If I understand where you are, I think I have a suggestion for you for some good dim sum nearby. One of my Chinese friends came there with me twice, and she liked it a lot. Coming south out of the City, right off 101 on the Peninsula, you take Ralston Avenue Exit, go west about a mile into Belmont. There on the right is: China Village Seafood Restaurant @ 600 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA. You'll see the sign, and right before the building is a driveway. Turn R into the driveway, and there's a big parking lot in the back. Go in back door. They have a very good selection of dim sum, great service, and they do a lively business. You'll see the tanks of live stuff when you walk in. I've never had anything there that I haven't liked. It's so easy to find: 101 and a few blocks west.

          China Village Seafood
          600 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

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          1. re: abbyj
            escargot3 Feb 11, 2011 11:02 AM

            I love this resto. I only went there initially cause it's around the corner from where my friend used to live. They have a really good dim sum. And I especially am fond of their bitter melon dishes -- a test for any resto.

            China Village Seafood
            600 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

            1. re: abbyj
              rotiprata Feb 11, 2011 11:40 AM

              This restaurant has been there forever. I like their dinner execution but not dim sum. They used to have many interesting seasonal Cantonese specials for dinner but the menu has changed somewhat. Love the belacan edamame.


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