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Philly Chowhound on SF dim sum

Susan H | Oct 21, 200302:33 PM

For years, we've been getting our SF dim sum fix at Pearl City on Jackson. As a recent chowhound devotee, I figured I'd check out the chowhound commentary on dim sum. It was a bit hard to find, but I gathered that the consensus was either Louis Chinese or Great Eastern. Since GE is a few doors away from Pearl City, we figured we'd try that one. Excellent suggestion, folks. The dim sum is made-to-order rather than on a cart (similar to our Philly favorite, Lakeside). Everything we ordered was outstanding, except the Shanghai dumplings which were only (!) very good -- not as flavorful as some. Particulary worthy of note are the shrimp and mango rolls. They are similar to the shrimp rolls at Pearl City (crunchy and white), but use whole shrimp rather than shrimp paste and add chunks of mango. We looked at Louis Chinese on the way back to our hotel, and were a bit turned off by the western feel to it. Is it really that good?

Out of loyalty, we went to Pearl City for dinner. We ordered a "triple stuffed" (not on the menu) -- green pepper, eggplant, and tofu stuffed with shrimp paste and steamed with black bean sauce. It's as good as I remembered, but last time they used a hot pepper -- this was bell pepper. We also had a whole fish from the tank (what could be bad) and a seafood tofu soup which was good but perhaps a bit thin on the seafood. We'll have to try Great Eastern for dinner sometime on our next trip west and compare.

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