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China Max - San Diego

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China Max runs an ad in the Reader every week; have any of you local chowhounds tried it? I think I remember one ad in the past which mentioned dim sum - I'm in the mood for chicken feet which we usually get at Jasmine but am always interested in new places. Please advise.

I will post a report if we go. Jaypea

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  1. Let us know how you like it if you go, we've been passing that place a couple of times a week, but the Holiday season has just been too busy for us to try....BTW I think I saw a coupon in the Reader.

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    1. re: KirkK

      Ver favorable review from Leslie James in Night and Day...she is very knowledgable...needs to be checked out by chowhounds immediatly

    2. We had lunch at China Max today. Their Dim Sum was excellent. Side note: Fake Name, were you there today? I think I saw someone that looked like your photo.

      Our menu was as follows:
      The small, whole, fried fish with garlic, and I regret I cannot remember the specific name of the fish. Delish.
      Steamed pork buns. Light and very fluffy.
      Curry chicken dumplings.
      Rice noodle crueller, a triumph of texture. To die.
      Sesame bbq pork bun. The lightest, flakiest crust, and the bbq pork was delicious.
      Chinese broccoli with Black Bean sauce.
      And for dessert, a sweet rice cake. I don't know how I finished this because by the time it came out, I was completely stuffed.

      The service was informative, welcoming, and friendly. Our server asked if we had dined there before, (No), and then explained their ordering system. He was accommodating and seemed excited about the food.

      We will go back.

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      1. The advantage of China Max dim sum is that they are largely made to order (with a few exceptions) in the kitchen as opposed to steam carts pushed around until they are sold out. The menu with pictures also helps in remembering what your favorite dim sum dishes might be. The garlic/pepper fried squid are good at China Max as are the egg custard tarts. I understand that fried chicken feet are mostly a delivery vehicle for seasoned breading and oil but, really, do you know where those feet have been scratching?

        1. My wife and I went there 2 weeks ago for the first time for lunch. Spring roll appetizers wer okay, small and nothing to write home about. We both had noodle entrees, mine the Singapore noodles and wife had chicken with mushrooms. Must admit both were about the worst chineses dishes we've ever had. Texture of the mushroom/noodlews was very slimy,
          Perhaps it;s supposed to be that way. My meal was pretty devoid of any distinguishing flovor except for mild curry. Other table nearby ordered dim dum, which looked a lot better than our meals.

          1. The name China Max makes me think of some place in an old shopping mall that serves fast food with a Chinese twist.

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              1. re: cstr

                Nothing. I have never been there. Just commenting on the name, which I find weird.
                (Unless it is run by a Chinese guy named Max)