Went with some coworkers to Golden Wok in Mt. View for some dim sum - there isn't really a close place for that, and I thought we would go check it out.
It's on Villa St., a block from Castro - the outside looked really worn down. We walked across a small goldfish pond where there were CAUTION tape all across the front of the building. A couple of coworkers remembered coming to Golden Wok a couple of years ago and the food wasn't that good.
We walked in, and it was pretty empty; there were maybe 4-5 tables that were filled. Instead of carts, they had individual trays of different items being brought out, which actually turned out good, since the dim sum was hot and fresh.
I don't quite remember everything, but we had lots of stuff:
Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling)
Deep Fried Meat Dumpling
Pan Fried Turnip Cake
Steamed B.B.Q Pork Bun
Baked B.B.Q. Pork Bun
Deep Fried Sesame Ball
Sweet Water Chestnut Cake
Shrimp Dumpling (Har Gow)
Steamed Chives & Shrimp Dumpling
Deep Fried Shrimp Ball
Baked Egg Custard Tart
Foil Wrapped Chicken Meat
Shrimp Rice Roll
Chinese Broccoli w/ Oyster Sauce
The various dumplings were so-so - the skins were a little too thick for me, but the fillings was good.
The pan fried turnip cake (lo bok guo) was another okay, but not spectacular dish.
The highlights were the steamed Shrimp Rice Roll and the Chinese Broccoli- the rice noodle was fresh and slippery, and there were plenty of shrimp nestled inside the rice noodles; the chinese broccoli was tender and fresh, seems like this is the beginning of the season.
The water chestnut cake was a little dense, but not too sweet.
We had one co-worker that got a lunch special instead of the dim sum - Szechuan Beans with Chicken - he really liked the sauce and said it was very very good.
Overall, this was a surprising okay dim sum place. The bill ended up ~$63, so with tip, it was ~$12/person. Everyone was stuffed, and we had a couple of buns left over. The dishes ranged from $2.20 - $5/plate.
Certainly it's an closer trip for dim sum than Milpitas, and I think more reasonable than Ming's for those on the Peninsula.
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