Dim sum in San Francisco
I recently re-visited Ton Kiang for a dim sum lunch with my mother the friday after christmas.
We arrived just before 3pm and there were plenty of available tables. The dim sum was all very fresh and they accomodated a special request for off the menu chinese broccoli promptly.
My vegetarian rice roll was a highlight- mushroom heavy minced filling and sliced so the soy based sauce ontop (poured tableside after asking if i wanted it) was great.
I loved the simple cucumber salad- lots of minced garlic and i think a rice wine vinegar. Very refreshing and hard to stop eating.
The green beans were perfectly cooked with a bite to the texture and a tiny bit of heat to them.
My mother was delighted with her shrimp dumplings and the tinfoil chicken, we shared the spinach with garlic that was very good yet had too much oil.
Although we had some leftovers the bill was an unpleasant surprise! No prices are listed on the dim sum "decoder" menu, and in nyc where i live dim sum is always stupid cheap.
The vegetable dishes were $6 each!!! Those added up in a hurry....
My parents love this place and go with some frequency, the meal was very good- just beware of the over priced veggies!
Ton Kiang has the distinction of serving us the best and the most expensive dimsum we have ever eaten, and having the longest line we've ever waited in. It was $45 Cdn per person ($30 US at the time), and it was six years ago but I still remember that meal, especially the dim-sum portioning and presentation of Peking duck (!).