Take one was pretty darn good, and we wanted to see if a second visit--without the benefit of the company of a friend of the owner--would be as good.
This time, we had: (I am making a few spelling corrections--I hope they are not misleading)
#005 Chicken Claw in Black Bean Sauce $2.50
#026 Chiu Chow Style Dumpling 3.50
#047 Bean Curd Skin Roll w/ Shrimp 4.10
#050 Deep Fried Egg Yolk Ball 4.10
#075 Deep Fried Crispy Milk 5.80
#083 Pumpkin w/ Salty Egg Yolk 5.80
#089 Vegetarian Goose (Bean Curd) 5.80
#108 Suckling Pig 15.00
Whole Lobster Meat Dumpling 28.00
Fookien Fried Rice
Sweet potato sesame ball--not listed; our own description
Crisp-skin roast pork--not listed
Kitchen sink Chinese cake--not listed, our own description. To inquiries of "What is this delicious thing?" We were told simply "Chinese cake", and after more persistent questioning , something that sounded like "Bey Tao Kow". It seems to be some kind of mashed taro cake with white beans, black-eyed peas, Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, dried scallop, shitake mushroom, pickled vegetable, and green onions.
So, how was Take Two? Well, I was expecting an appreciable decline in quality and service, but I'd have to say that the few items we ordered again from round one were as good--or almost as good (the lobster dumplings were not as neatly made this time, but just as tasty). The service was not as attentive as when we were in more distinguished company, but still very good by dimsum house standards, especially when one considers that none of us speaks Chinese.
(Though I like to think that our eager appreciation of the food may have also disposed them in our favor.)
Price: approximately $140.00, including a 20% tip. $28.00 per person
Chicken claw--best since the loss of Joy Luck San Mateo
Chiu Chow Style dumpling (again)
Whole lobster dumpling--(actually the fried lobster pieces with salted egg yolk)
Kitchen sink Chinese cake
And, yet again, I would like to thank our Anonymous Friend who introduced us to what, to me, is currently the overall best dimsum I've had in the Bay Area!
Tai Wu/Mr. Fong
950 King Plz, Daly City, CA 94015