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New Canton (Sacramento) diem sum does not disappoint, nor excite

vinovert | Oct 8, 200508:56 PM

Took the family to New Canton for diem sum today and got stuck downstairs. Nonetheless, i am somewhat happy to report that they are continuing to do fairly decent diem sum, probably the best in the Sac area, particularly their selections, but frankly, still not quite up to what SF offers (except for the very average ones). (King's in West Sac is a decent alternative.)

We had a wide assortment of the usual, har gow (decent, but not great), siu my (ditto), fried taro (wo gwok, which was served warmed over it seemed), baked pork buns (they get smaller each time but tasty nonetheless), shark's fin gow (which was not pork-based, but fish based with lots of rice vermicelli, wood fungus, and carrots mixed in; different but still delicious).

The tastiest one of all was a shrimp dumpling wrapped in the shape of a scallop, and it contained shrimp, minced water chestnuts and carrots, and a touch of green onions and ginger. There might have been scallops in there, but the shrimp predominated. Another very tasty dish were their steamed fish ball encrusted with sweet rice.

A bit disappointing was the Sliced Goe-Duck Clam ($5) served atop a clam shell with sliced scallions. Several of the slices were not cleaned sufficiently and the grit crunch was definitely a turnoff. The fried sesame ball and the fried pork turnover were oily (what did i expect?) and unexciting.

We had serveral other dishes: the egg custard was OK, the coconut buns well-made, as were the fried shrimp balls. We skipped the chicken feet, but the spareribs and a few other selections never came around (which is why you want to be upstairs).

Most of the the plates were $2.95 each, which puts them on the high side. (Cost of lunch for 5 was $83, including the tip).

Now, if you are ever in San Francisco, around 7th or 8th on Clement, there is a hole-in-the-wall diem sum place that does mostly take-out that sells great dim sum for ridiculously cheap prices. For example, their huge pork or chicken bows are 70 cents, and their shark's fin dumpling is one the of best, and the price that that and itmes like har gow and siu my -- 3 for $1.20. Fried taro dumplings are also very good-- I think they are 55 cents each---sooo cheap. The place is called Wing Lee, and don't forget to tip the ladies behind the counter. At those prices, you know they are probably working dirt cheap.

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