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Dim Sum King - Daly City

boltnut55 | Jul 10, 2004 09:00 PM

As I'm ready to write my review, I already realized I should have done a better job before I'm ready to write! Oh well, here goes:

We went there at 2:30 this afternoon, very late for us and usually for dim sum, but it's cooked to order and I think they serve it all day/night anyway, so it was fine. My husband, my 7 year old, and I went. We ordered 9 dishes: egg roll (very crunchy; without the oily feel; has shrimp); steamed pork buns (nicely filled, daughter claimed "the best"); custard tart (3 very small ones; fluffy layered crust, but a bit too sweet); shrimp dumplings (perfect skin, lots of shrimp, and not too salty); pork dumplings (nice size, with fish eggs on top; hubby said "good," I was too full to try); taro root puff (not oily and had lots of taro root); BBQ pork noodle roll (had parsley which I didn't like; otherwise, noodle was very smooth and pork was not fat); ham sui puff (I forgot what this is really called - it was not too oily and didn't have a lot of filling, but extremely crunchy - yummy); and daikon cake (nicely pan fried, real pieces of daikon). The small dishes were $2.30, but I can't remember how much medium and large were, nor can I remember which item goes into which column.

We agreed that all the dishes were very good. The waiters were very nice and efficient with good attitudes, and they all looked like they enjoyed working there (not too rushed but still attentive with smiles). They were quick w/requests (fork for daughter, ice water, container, check).

Misses? We were surprised that there were no shrimp noodle rolls. Their zha leurng (the fried donut wrapped in rice noodle) uses dried shrimp rice noodle instead of the one w/no filling. I didn't feel like picking out the green onions that usually accompany that, so I didn't order. The other thing I did was order the minced pork noodle (zha jeurn meen). It didn't have a spicy pepper next to it, so I figure it wasn't spicy. It was $4.50 for a small bowl (larger than a rice bowl). The noodles were clumped together, so it was difficult to separate, but I don't know what can be done about that (besides adding more oil - forget it). It was still VERY spicy. When I told the waiter, he explained that the chef is from that region, so the sauce is already premade; however, their tan tan noodles (with spicy pepper logo) is much more spicy. He didn't offer to take it back, and I didn't push the point. He was very apogetic about it though.

We spent $32 after tax and tips. We took home three dumplings, a pork pun, 1/2 egg roll, and 1/2 a taro puff along w/the noodle dish (father in law will enjoy). There's a coupon in the recent Chronicle for free egg rolls (food section). We'd go back. I'm glad there's a reasonably priced dim sum restaurant close by.

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