Was in the mood for traditional clay pot rice and was directed to try out Hong Kong Dim Sum House on 960 Grant Avenue in SF Chinatown. It is on the second floor with a staircase from the street and can be difficult to spot, though there is usually someone downstairs and around the corner handing out menus.
My definition of a traditional clay pot rice is that the rice must be cooked in a clay (not stainless steel like some places do) pot. The proof is the layer of crispy rice on the bottom of the pot it is cooked and served in.
This place also serves Dim Sum for lunch and dinner, price range from $1.80 Small, $2.30 Medium and $2.80 large. Pretty much the traditional dim sum, nothing "new age" about it, but remarkly good for dinner Dim Sum.
2 of us had a medium size clay pot rice with salted fish and diced pork. The medium is quite generous in portions and would serve 3 and it had plenty of crispy rice at the bottom. It took a while to come out which is expected.
We had an order of shrimp dumping (counted as medium), came out with 4 pieces and it was quite good.
Also ordered a watercress and grounded fish soup (note: it was one of the six items on the wall written in chinese only), again, well executed.
The decor is classic no frill, service was efficient.
This is a perfect place for those in the mood for dim sum dinner and also did well with the clay pot rice.
Definitely would go back to try more of the dim sum and some of the stir fry dishes