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fab dim sum @ Joy Luck, Oakland

heidipie | Oct 13, 200303:55 PM

10am Sunday and we were the only non-Chinese in the place. We only had to wait five minutes for a big table in the back with great access to the carts. Everything was hot and fresh. The bean curd skin rolls (praised in a previous post), the leaf-wrapped sticky rice, and some of the other steamed offerings (memory fails) were especially flavorful. What is the name of the fried orb that's fairly large and sort of hollow, made of the same dough as the sesame balls but without the sesame seeds, with a dab of sweet ground pork inside? Whatever they were, they were the best I can remember having. I didn't like the hot black sesame paste dessert in the rice flour dough--it had an odd smoked-bacon flavor. My friends liked it fine. Also, the turnip cake had some raunchier tidbits of meat than I was used to--almost a tripelike flavor--and didn't have much crispy part. But all in all it was great, the service was friendly and prompt, and three adults and one toddler stuffed ourselves for $23!

Be advised that by the time we left, there was a line out the door.

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