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Hang Ah in Santa Rosa

CyndiN | Dec 26, 201711:33 AM

Tried it for the first time yesterday. They serve Dim Sum all day, along with a regular menu.

Yes, it's open on Christmas! Apparently it's popular most of the time...on Christmas they were slammed. We arrived at 4:45 to a long line. It took 45 minutes to be seated and have our order taken. It didn't help that there was an enormous party with almost 20 people there for several hours. The lines to get in got insane by 6pm and died down by 7, when the party left. We didn't mean to stay that long ourselves but we were waiting for our food.

The servers were very nice and tried their best but there weren't enough of them for the crowd. The restaurant also ran out of things like serving spoons and water glasses. Once we finally ordered, our dim sum items came pretty quickly but it took over an hour to get our two menu items. We had to ask multiple people multiple times. Everything came hot and freshly cooked, they just were way behind given the crowds.

I really liked it though and plan to return. It completely changed my mind about there being no decent Chinese restaurants in Sonoma County. All the others I've found are bland American vegetables slathered in sickeningly sweet sauces with proteins covered in breading. I would love to hear what you all who really know your Chinese food think. I found it to be good basic food, without the worst of the Americanization process.

There were 5 of us, 4 adults and an almost teen. 2 people ate meat but no pork, one ate seafood but no meat, one was gluten-intolerant (could eat small amounts of soy sauce but no wheat flour), one avoided the shrimp.

Please note: if I say "gluten-free" it's because the staff said so and my friend could eat it. But some of those items might have soy sauce mixed in so please ask first! I hate to mislabel, it's just that we didn't need to ask about soy sauce.

Regular menu:

Fish fillet. Lightly breaded white fish pieces sautéed with sauce and a few peas and celery. More breaded than I had hoped but not breaded like an American place (they refused to do it without the breading). Really good though low on veggies.

Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce. Gluten-free. Nice fresh well-cooked veggies in a too-mild sauce. These dishes came so late we took most of the broccoli home.

Dim Sum menu (most items came with 3 pieces):

(Note, I'm the one who doesn't eat meat so my notes about meat are from what my fellow diners said)

Pan-fried pork dumplings. Only one person could eat them and she hated them. Fluffy doughy outsides lightly browned on one side with no flavor. Tiny amount of filling.

Green onion pancake. One large pancake. Not as good as the Boston ones from my college days but still worth ordering. Vegetarian.

Steamed beef ball. Gluten-free. A large moist meatball. My friends loved these so much they ordered more.

Crispy spring roll. Basic egg roll but well done and fresh. Vegetarian. Unfortunately served with nasty red sweet and sour sauce that my 12 year old gobbled up (with no competition).

Deep fried sesame ball. Gluten-free. We all loved these, even my picky kid. We got them last, for dessert. Order comes with 3 balls that are hard to the touch but easy to break open. Sweet bean filling.

Shrimp dumplings. Big piece of shrimp inside a gooey dough. Very good but boring. Better in the sauce but still not much flavor. Good as a side dish, not as a main. I found the dough to be very similar to the rice noodle, so we focused on the latter so our GF friend could eat them.

Sticky rice in lotus leaf. Gluten-free (but looked like soy sauce in there). I was looking forward to this because my friends raved about it but I was shocked to cut it open and find it stuffed with pork. That should be on the menu! It looked really good though and had sauce mixed in too.

Shrimp stuffed mushroom. Gluten-free if you get it without sauce. Same shrimp as the eggplant but a boring undercooked mushroom. Okay but meh.

Shrimp stuffed eggplant. Our favorite of the night! Gluten-free if you get it without sauce. It's cooked then laid in a bowl filled with a soy sauce based sauce. The shrimp seemed fresh (well likely frozen), chopped up and molded into a rectangle. The eggplant was perfectly cooked. It wasn't so much stuffed as nested. Too big to eat as one bite.

Rice noodle with shrimp. Gluten-free if you get the sauce on the side, as we did. Uncut chow fun noodle rolled up with shrimp pieces inside. Very similar to the shrimp dumpling. Good and worth getting but boring to eat too many.

Rice noodle with beef. Identical to the shrimp except for the filling (same notes on gluten-free). Big hit at the table and we ordered seconds.

Hang Ah
2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 576-7873

Hang Ah Dim Sum
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