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Dim Sum for Visitors: Ton Kiang Over Yank Sing (Long)

Marie | Jul 3, 200512:45 AM

My recent visitors, senior good sports, Mr. & Mrs. Orange County, enjoyed our recent weekday dim sum lunch at Ton Kiang. They were reassured by the cleanliness of the restaurant and the availability of forks and knives and liked the meaty spareribs and succulent shrimp/crab "lollipops". My vegetarian guest praised the egg custard buns and roasted asparagus. My S.F. daughter and almost-son-in-law came back later that week for the chicken/onion/Chinese sausage claypot and loved it. Service was good. Parking was horrendous. It took us half an hour circling the area before a friendly departing couple "gave" us their space as cars honked all around!

Because of the previous parking problems, I invited my next group of guests - more familiar with Chinese food - to Yank Sing for dim sum on a weekend. The parking structure under the Rincon Center was another nightmare although the attendants will take pity on Yank Sing customers and let them park in the "AIG" reserved slots on the weekend or even in handicapped zones. At Yank Sing, they brought lots of choices around right away but it was hard to get beverages, extra bowls, etc. - you can't figure out who is actually supposed to be serving your table. While we enjoyed some of the more unusual choices - soft shelled crab, for example - and generally had a good time, the dim sum was not as fresh or flavorful as at Ton Kiang.

Do any S.F. Chowhands know a place for good dim sum with easy parking? Thanks!

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