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Hong Kong Flower Lounge (Millbrae)...finally understand appeal of dim sum!

Carb Lover | Dec 10, 2005 11:50 PM

The appeal of dim sum eluded me til I ate at HKFL today (see link). Granted, my dim sum experience has been limited, but I've sampled at a few recommended places in the Bay Area and LA only to leave feeling "eh." Heavy, greasy, monotonous flavors and textures. Acceptable, but no real desire to return. Well, I'm happy to say that HKFL is a turning point for me, and I'm looking forward to returning.

Y and I lunched w/ another couple there, and we all agreed that the food was very good. Standouts included the fried taro dumpling (perfectly fried), pork spare ribs in black bean sauce (delicious!), scallop and pea sprout dumpling (breath of fresh air), bean curd wrapped pork rolls, tripe in some sort of light brown sauce (great texture and absorbed flavor). Also enjoyed the bbq pork buns, har gow, sticky rice wrapped in lotus, and egg custard tarts. We stuck w/ the familiar, and no real misses out of the bunch!

Much preferred over our recent dim sum experience at Legendary Palace in Oakland. Everything tasted fresh and items were generally less greasy and heavy than I've had at other dim sum houses. Ratio of ingredients was good, and I liked the delicate translucent dumpling work. We ate moderately for $40 total pre-tip. Good value!

Got there at 11am and seated immediately. Good service and shockingly easy to find parking in their lot this AM. Now that I finally get the appeal of dim sum, what are your favorite dim sum items here? I saw some interesting saucy and soupy things that I didn't really recognize, but didn't seek them out this time around. Anything that should be ordered off the menu? Thanks!

Link: http://www.flowerlounge.net/dim_sum.htm

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