Heard about a dim sum place in downtown Reno called The One that serves dim sum until 2 p.m. I had to be in downtown Reno today for Hot August Nights and decided to check it out.
The One is near the intersection of North Virginia and Fifth streets. The Silver Legacy is across North Virginia Street from it; Circus Circus is cater corner.
The One is part of a converted storefront under a green awning and hard to find. Directly north of it is a pawn shop that occupies the corner lot on the block.
The storefront is kind of dingy, but when you walk in there's nice wooden tables and chairs. They serve dim sum from opening at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Golden China, another place in Reno with dim sum I mentioned a few weeks ago, serves dim sum all day. In both places you choose dim sum off a menu. No rolling carts.
They have a couple of dozen choices for dim sum. Some I recognized. A lot seemed more exotic. One choice was chives with pig blood. Talk about authentic. . .
At any rate, I placed orders for shrimp dumplings, pork buns, spring roll and a rice noodle in XO sauce.
The spring roll came first. I was expecting something light in rice paper like I get in Vietnamese restaurants. It was heavy, thick, deep-fried and greasy. It was the only dim sum I didn't finish.
Next up was the shrimp dumpling and the pork bun. I think the shrimp dumpling here is probably better than the shrimp dumpling at Golden China. The pork bun was good as well.
The final order was the rice noodle in XO sauce. I've eaten in a dozen dim sum restaurants and never had an order of dim sum as large as this one. It was huge and filled a medium-size bowl. It looks like they take a sheet of cooked rice noodle, roll it up into a cylinder shape, then slice and stir fry it. The XO sauce was good, too. In response to an earlier post when I said I was trying to find dim sum sauces, Gordin Wing recommended Yank Sing's version of XO sauce. This was Yank Sing, but is is a tasty sauce.
Including a root beer, my bill come to about $13. So it's affordable. I'd like to go back some time and try some of the more exotic dim sums. I'll also want to try their regular Chinese food.
Service was friendly. The name comes from a Chinese translation of The Family that translates easier into English as The One, the waitress said. It's been open about six months.
So our luck in Reno is good. We went from having no decent place to eat dim sum to having two good places. At least. Maybe there's more we can't find.
I posted link to a Google map to the place below. The map puts it almost in the middle of the block, but it's more at the end of the block.
440C N. Virginia St.
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