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First time at Fook Yuen in Millbrae

anli | Sep 17, 200408:53 PM

After reading the various posts on last year's dim sum civil war, I was interested in trying out Fook Yuen. I'd been to HK Flower Lounge once, so wanted to try a different dim sum house. After picking up my husband from SFO this morning, we took a drive into Millbrae. Being from Contra Costa County, we seldom venture south, so we were happily surprised to see so many Asian shops and restaurants. Makes the drive to SFO more palatable.

We arrived at 11:30, and there were only a few tables occupied. The servers quickly came around with many different platters. We tried: shrimp & pork siu mai, fried taro balls, little fried tofu rolls with seaweed wrapped outside, marinated jellyfish, har gow, fried taro balls, daikon radish cakes, chicken wrapped in sticky rice (nwo mai gai), panfried beancurd rolls stuffed with shrimp and pork, vegetarian steamed dumplings, crispy skinned roast pig, and two orders of the sharks fin dumpling in soup. (Yes, I know, that's a lot, but I have kids at home who insist that I bring home leftovers.)

Just about everything was nice and hot, so freshness was not an issue. What disappointed me was that very few items had much flavor, especially the shrimp items. The only flavorful items were the vegetarian dumplings and the sharks fin dumpling. I didn't like the texture of the wrapper on the sharks fin dumpling, a bit soggy, melted into the soup. The skin of the roast pig was excellent and the meat was mildly flavored, but fine with a little dab of hoisin. But at $15 a plate, it better be good. The jellyfish was very tasty, too.

We also ordered take out of beef chow fun and house special panfried noodles for those pesky kids. The total bill came to $91 ($60+ for the dim sum). I think that is the most expensive dim sum that I've ever had and it wasn't as good as I was expecting.

Next time, I'll go down the street and try Seafood Harbor's dim sum.

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