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May 30, 2006



da buggah looks ono overall..i don't know about the asparagus though brah...da buggah looks all hemajang.


Now this is classic high-end dim sum! I thought our LA Ocean Star Restaurant in Monterey Park was fancy but this one rivals it big time. Very nice Reid.


when i was going to boarding school in the area, this is the only place my HK roomies would go for dim sum. i don't know if it's completely worth it, but to this day i think the best turnip cakes and coconut pudding i've ever had were here (or the stevenson street location, maybe).


When we lived in the Bay Area, we tried Yank Sing once and thought the dim sum was targeted towards tourists and Caucasian tastes. It wasn't bad tasting, just not very inspiring. Koi Palace, in Daly City is where most HKers go for high-end dim sum. Consistently fresh and rivals most places in HK and Vancouver.

Will Lee

That sea bass looks ONO!!!


Raymond Siu (of Pah Ke's in Kaneohe fame) thought the dim sum was somewhat overrated but decent. Pricey though!


Reid, glad as always to see new posts and pictures.

The joint and the food look swanky.

When we lived in Alameda, the "word on the street" was that the Bay Area's best gourmet Chinese is in Oakland Chinatown. We did eat some good Sunday dim sum over dere, but then again, we were always starving on Sunday!


Hiya Reid,
Yank Sing is indeed a nice place to take out-of-towners or for celebrations if someone else is paying :) Another decent alternative is City View (Commercial St.) for really good jooks and yes, Koi Palace is legendary. We once waited half an hour for it to open its doors and still had to take a number!


As a Chinese I think it was pretty good last time I visited. But wait, I was a tourist too...


Whoever said Koi Palace in Daly City, CA has the best dim sum catering to Hong Kong expatriates (like me :) ) is 100% correct. I've eaten there several times and while the price is definitely way up there, the food quality--including the tea!--is definitely first-class all the way.


Hi Kelly,

The food here was pretty good, but I don't think the prices here were justified.

Hi Clinton,

This was some pretty "high-end" dim sum with high-end prices too. Although it was good, I think I'll stick to traditional.

Hi Santos,

Turnip cakes and coconut pudding? I didn't even see those on the carts...*sigh* But then again, I think there were only 6 or 7 carts roaming around the huge dining area.

Hi 808650foodie,

I kind of have to agree with you. I did notice quite a few Caucasians at Yank Sing and actually, to tell you the truth, it was a toss up between here and Koi Palace. I'll be at Koi Palace next year...just for research purposes though! =)

Hi Will,

The seabass was ONO! =P

Hi Gail,

I agree with Raymond. It is good, though some of it much better than others, and definitely pricey!

Hi TikiPundit,

Welcome to the blog!

This was definitely high-end dining and the prices clearly showed that.

I'm glad you like the new pictures. I helped that they were taken with a new camera!

Hi Lajja,

Thanks for the informaition. I'll be at Koi Palace next year. Hopefully I won't have to take a number on my visit there. I'm hoping it's not too bad during the week!

Hi Umami,

Long time no hear! LOL! That was funny... =)

Hi SactoGuy188,

Welcome to the blog!

Thanks for giving Koi Palace a thumbs up. Now that everyone is telling me how wonderful it is, I'm kind of upset at having settled for Yank Sing.

Oh well...there's always next year!


Bruddah Reid--

If you thought the prices at Yank Sing were high, you may pay the same amount at Koi Palace, but you get better food IMHO. Do you know any Cantonese speaking persons who could help you order in SF? There are a few dishes I would recommend at Koi but they parade those out with their Cantonese names. Stuff like bo lo wu lai bau, sin jook guen, gwun tong gaau are the foods I miss most since moving to Seattle.

Did you feel Yank Sing was better than the dim sum in Hawaii? I think so...

Veruca salt

Hi Reid,

Food looks good but far to swanky for my liking. I prefer places that are down but not too dirty. They tend to have all the classics.

How will your stomach know lunch is over if you don't have dessert?

A good session must involve at least some pai qwait, har gau, garlic chive dumplings and finished off with coconut clouds


Glad to see more posts Reid! I haven't had dim sum in almost 2 months now -_- Nothing decent here in Columbus. Oh, my dad took me to Hong Kong Harbor View this past trip. It was really a beautiful space to eat in, and the food wasn't bad, I liked their Golden Tripe a lot. I also went to Tai Pan. The jook is suppose to be famous, but I thought it was watery :P I like my jook to be homemade and thick!


p.s. I didn't get to go to Fook Lam this time :(


Hi 808650foodie,

Did I think the dim sum at Yank Sing was better? Hmmm...that's a tough one if only because I will always have my favorite dim sum spots (Panda Cuisine and Fook Lam). It sure was different though.

Hi Veruca Salt,

It was a bit swanky, and like you, I like those noisy, crowded dim sum shops you find in Chinatown.

I didn't have any dessert because I visited the Ferry Building and had some gelato instead!

Hi Cindy,

Thank you! It's been a while, hasn't it? Hopefully I can keep things going. Work is starting to get busy again! =(

I thought Hong Kong Harborview was just OK, and I don't like the food at Tai Pan much. I too like my jook thick!

I'm sorry you didn't get to visit Fook Lam when you were here....maybe next time! That will give you something to look forward to.


Before I moved from Hawaii to SF, I thought Legend and Panda Cuisine were the BOMB. But, after living in HK for a year and being exposed to SF Chinese Food, Legend and Panda were just OK in comparison. I'm not even bringing up Koi Palace as that's in a totally different league. For example, I believe Fook Yuen in Millbrae and ABC in Foster City or Milpitas locations are better than Legend and Panda. Koi Palace is even better than those two. Haven't been to Fook Lam in Hawaii but from your pictures, it looks OK. Their xiao lung bao looks like it has more wrapping than what I would like.

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