I braved the 15 minute car ride from Glen Park and tried the relatively new Dim Sum King in Daly City over the weekend for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and general affordability of the place.
Service was attentive, pleasant, professional and courteous. The place was very crowded at 10:30 on a Saturday morning -- as expected. Atmosphere is OK, nothing fancy, although I could do without the plastic vines and flowers on the ceiling.
Siu Mai Pork Dumplings were tender, fresh and had just the right amount of moisture content. $2.30 per plate of 3.
Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings were also very fresh, moist and had a nice flavor. $2.80 per plate of 3.
Deep Fried Taro and Dumplings were well-executed and had a delicious filling not too soggy on the outside or inside. $2.80 per plate of 2.
Chives and Shrimp Noodle Roll were OK, but a bit bland. Still, good quality shrimp despite the tasteless noodle. $3.30 per plate.
Salt & Pepper Wings were very good -- almost on a par with those of some Chinatown establishments. Good garlic flavor mixed into the salt, fresh chicken wings and not too much pepper. Not overly greasy, either. $3.30 for around 5.
Beef Tripe -- the weakest dish of the day, due to no oil or green onions. Served only with a dry hot sauce on the side. $3.30.
Egg Custard Tarts -- the small kind -- less than 1.5" in diameter, these were OK, but no where near the quality from downtown Chinatown (Great Eastern has nothing to worry about in terms of competition). $2.30 per plate of 3.
Overall, I would come again, and am looking forward to trying more complicated items on their reasonably-priced menu. It is a bit further than, say, Yet Wah in the Diamond Heights shopping complex near Glen Park, but it makes a nice alternative to driving to Chinatown and definitely worth the extra distance relative to Diamond Heights.
Dim Sum King
99 Skyline Plaza (Hwy 35 aka Skyline Blvd. and Westmoor Avenue)
Daly City, CA (650) 755-8128
Open 7 Days a week
Mon-Thurs. and Sun 10AM-11PM
Fri-Sat. 10AM-12 midnight