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dim sum at Gourmet Delight, Oakland Chinatown

Windy | Apr 10, 200507:28 PM

Martin and Jing treated me and a bunch of friends and relatives to dim sum this weekend. We went to Gourmet Delight, in the old Tin's spot at Webster and 7th.

In a crowd of mostly northern Chinese, I had the odd distinction of being the only one at the table who didn't speak any Chinese but was perhaps most familiar with dim sum.

Best dishes
Sticky rice with pork
Chicken feet
A deep fried chow mein with beef and vegetables
Fried tofu squares with mushrooms
Dumplings with spinach
Dry-fried beef dumplings

Seafood chow fun (enormous!)
Mango pudding (which we learned is the perfect toddler food)

Not great
Har gow weren't good at all; gummy wrappers
BBQ pork buns were fresh but pretty flavorless

We also had black sesame mochi and rice noodles with shrimp, which were both finished before they got to my side of the table.

And I got to try my first blood tofu, served in chunks with gelatinous pork skin. (¿Quien es mas macho? I won't need to try that again.)

We had a huge table in the small private area above the kitchen, which was great in terms of privacy and quiet but meant we had to order off the menu without really knowing what was good. Occasionally a tray made its way up the stairs, but generally service was less than ideal. With various Cantonese/Mandarin/English misunderstandings, we missed a few items we ordered (turnip cakes) and got a few we might not have. A clay pot filled with fried rice looked appetizing, but was quickly whisked away to the next table. Pots of fragrant chrysanthemum tea were replenished periodically.

The East Bay Express included Gourmet Delight in its Best of the Bay issue this week for seafood. I passed a few tanks of crabs and spot prawns that I would try another time. As the chowdown notes indicated, this isn't on par with the best dim sum in the bay area, but it's decent, especially if you're in Oakland.

But sit downstairs for dim sum. Didn't see the bill, so no idea what it cost.


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