San Francisco hails to be the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Its history is rooted by immigrants from Guangdong province of China, a region known for its dim sum. Today, it is no doubt that dim sum is part of the culture here, hence the theme for our next letter – D for Dim Sum.
1. Hong Kong Lounge II – 3300 Geary Blvd
The winner of this letter is a San Francisco local favorite, Hong Kong Lounge II (not to be confused with Hong Kong Lounge down the street at 5322 Geary – which we also tried). As with any popular local spot, expect to have a long wait. But this wait is very worth it! The portions are big, flavors are on the spot, and don’t forget to order dessert even if you are stuffed.
2.Good Luck Dim Sum – 736 Clement ST
At the heart of the Richmond district, you will find this hole-in-the-wall take-out dim sum shop. For an average of $10 per person, you can eat to your heart’s content! There are some tables in the back that you can eat at, but the setting isn’t great. We have almost made it a tradition in the morning to get grocery in the area, grab take-out dim sum from here, and find a great view to enjoy brunch. (If you decide to go, remember this is a cash only place.)
3.Yank Sing – 101 Spear St
On the fancier end, there is Yank Sing. Definitely not your stereotypical cheap dim sum, but the taste is great and atmosphere is nice as well.
4.Ton Kiang – 5821 Geary Blvd
The food isn’t as epic as some of the other dim sum shops, but you also don’t have the epic wait. For those weekends when you want to meet friends for a sit down dim sum brunch but have plans afterwards, definitely consider Ton Kiang.
5.Wing Lee Bakery – 503 Clement St
Another one of the cheap take-out dim sum places in Richmond district, the selection is great and the line is not bad either. You have to know what you want, because the service can be a little questionable 🙂
Although not your typical dim sum selection, the xiao long bao (soup dumpling) here hit the right spot and worth a mention.
Good mong Kok Bakery
A dim sum list isn’t complete without mentioning this take-out dim sum shop with delicious food. It is in the heart of Chinatown, so absolutely no parking near by. The only reason that it is not in my top 5 is because it is very inconvenient and Good Luck is just as delicious with the convenience of parking.
Plus, there’s also no room in there to sit. Sadly, because of the inconvenience, I only grabbed some shrimp dumplings and buns to go and ate while walking (so no pictures 🙁 ). But if you live in the area, this could be a very good option.
Over to You – Any we left out?