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Dim Sum at Pan Tao in Sunnyvale

Chandavkl | Apr 5, 2004 12:32 AM

Saw the posting on Pan Tao opening up in Sunnyvale as I was going out the door on Friday for a weekend trip to the Bay Area. So on my way back to L.A. this afternoon I stopped by Pan Tao to check out the dimsum. It was a little after noontime and the place was packed and there was a crowd waiting to get in. Since I only had time for take out anyway, the crowd wasn't a problem. Also, since I already had a car full of goodies from SF Chinatown, I only ordered four items. Based on this sample, this might be a top notch dim sum place, but there also may be some doubt. The flounder slices in pepper salt was the best version of that item I've had--light, but not too greasy or salty. The mango pudding was also excellent. Indeed, I had always considered mango pudding made with a chiffon texture categorically superior to that made with a jello type texture. However, even though Pan Tao's pudding was this latter category, it was outstanding. The rice in lotus leaves was also very good, though it was missing some of the usual ingredients. However, on the downside, the beef cheung fun (rice noodle roll) missed on three different counts, which was surprising because I typically use this dish as a litmus test for a dimsum restaurant. Unfortunately, the rice noodle wasn't chewy, the beef filling was relatively hard and coarse, and the soy sauce was much too sweet for this dish. Hopefully some 'hounds will take a more extensive look at this place.

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