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Disappointment at ABC Milpitas

Ruth Lafler | Dec 8, 200301:38 AM

I was meeting a (nonchowhound) friend for lunch in the South Bay and suggested we try dim sum at ABC. Although it has been highly touted by dim sum civil war judges from both sides, I had never been there.

I left wondering what all the fuss was about. Since there were just two of us we didn't order a lot, but really nothing stood out.

Several of the dishes I thought were tasteless: shui mai (although they looked good), spareribs (tender, but tasteless with no discernable black bean sauce), fried shrimp (coating was sweet and overwhelmed any shrimp flavor).

The Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce was oily and slightly overcooked. The dofu fa was too stiff and the syrup was watery. The baked pork buns were just plain weird (although they may just be a type I'm not familiar with -- the filling was not char sui but shreds of mushroom (or fungus) with meat that was almost indistinguishable from being the same color and shredded the same way).

The only two dishes I thought were up to snuff were the baked custard buns and the roast duck.

With a pot of chrysanthemum tea, lunch for two came to an astonishing $46 (with tax and tip)!

After all the good things I'd heard I was really disappointed! Just a few months ago Yimster said it was one of the best in the South Bay, but I've had many better dim sum meals in both the North and South, and for much less. I honestly thought it was not as good as the $1.68 dim sum we had at Joy Luck in Oakland a few weeks ago. Maybe those dishes weren't as skillfully made, but at least they had flavor!


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