In a recent travel
tip newsletter emailed to members of our Journeywoman
Network we asked women readers around the world for their
favorite dim sum restaurants -- places where women travellers
would feel comfortable and where the food would be delicious.
That simple question netted us over 100 responses all
the way from Kowloon (Hong Kong), Carmel (USA), Montreal
(Canada), Melbourne (Australia), Manchester (UK) and many,
many more fabulous places.
Each person who submitted a blurb is so enthusiastic
about their favorite place that it's hard to read these
mini reviews without hungering for an immediate dim sum
Before you set out on your next adventure, please consult
our JW dim sum guide and note other womens' international
favorites. It will serve you well as you move around the
world. Dim sum is a great way to have an excellent meal
at reasonable prices. It's also great fun for people watching
and appreciating the Chinese culture in that particular
As usual, if anybody has a tip to add to this topic,
simply put it into an email addressed to: email@example.com.
Please enter the words, 'delicious dim sum' in the subject
line. Enjoy, everybody!
Dim Sum treats in the
For great dim sum I nominate China Village.
It is located at 600 Ralston Ave. in Belmont,
California. The telephone number is (650) 591-1831.
Our county which is just south of San Francisco
has a large Asian population (20-25%) and one
of our barometers for how good a Chinese restaurant
is, is the numbers of Asians who eat there. China
Village always has at least 50% Asian patrons
and on weekends it is often 90%.
Margaret, San Carlos, USA
I'd like to recommend Tommy's Wok - Szechuan,
Hunan & Mandarin. Very informal.
Very moderately priced. Food is prepared with
fresh ingredients, natural meats/poultry (no antibiotics)
and fresh seafood. They use only 100% naturally
expeller-pressed Canola oil and Olive oil with
absolutely no MSG and no artificial color. It's
small and tucked away. Dine in or take out. No
website, open Tuesday through Sunday 11:30-2:30
& 4:30-9:30. I get take out several times
a month. Fabulous. Address: Mission between Ocean
Ave. & 7th next to Wells Fargo's ATM. Tel:
Sylvia, Carmel, USA
My favorite dim sum? Not in China, not even in
Chinatown, but in lovely Los Angeles. I recommend
VIP Harbor Seafood, 11701 Wilshire
Blvd. Tel: 310-979 3377. Open every day of the
year so it’s great for Jews on Christmas
and for those estranged from their families on
Thanksgiving...and it’s packed to the gills
those days. Even though it’s not in Chinatown
or near an Asian neighborhood, my husband and
I are often the only non-Asians in the dining
room—a sign of it’s authenticity and
P.S. I'm new to Journeywoman and I love it!
Bobbi, Porter Ranch, USA
The Empress Pavillon at 988 N.
Hill Street in Chinatown (http://www.empresspavilion.com)
is the place to enjoy tradtional dim sum. If a
Journeywoman visiting Los Angeles has a car, traveling
to Monterey Park and dining at NBC Seafood, (404
S. Altanic Blvd.) never disappoints. Lastly, the
ambience of the old Spanish Mission style City
Hall in San Gabriel now home to the dim sum restaurant
Mission 261 makes for an interesting
dining experience. Address: 261 S. Mission Drive,
Claudia, Hollywood, CA
Dim Sum, yum yum! I recommend Jasmine
Seafood Restaurant, 4609 Convoy Street.
Tel: (858) 268-0888. They serve a wonderful Sunday
brunch of steamed dumplings. Absolutely fabulous
fun and food for a very low price. I don't know
what anything is, we just point and taste. No
matter how much you eat it seems to end up costing
about $US10 per person. Huge dining room - 300+
capacity, always full. Chinese New Year was a
treat with a suprise performance of the dancing
Joanie, San Diego, USA
Tin's Tea House Lounge -- Everyone
knows there is delicious dim sum in San Francisco
and Oakland. Now we have delicious dim sum in
Walnut Creek, California. Tin's, an old and well
established dim sum house in Oakland, moved lock,
stock and barrell and now is producing the same
delicious savories in Walnut Creek, a oasis in
a former desert of dim sum. A clean new building,
lots of street parking and an efficient staff.
Tel: (925) 287-8288. Address: 1829 Mount Diablo
Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Sharon, Lafayette, CA
Without a doubt my favorite place is Yank
Sing with two locations in San Francisco.
They have been in business since 1958 and the
dim sum is always delicious and high quality.
In San Francisco, Yank Sing was groundbreaking
when they opened a location outside of Chinatown;
they are credited with introducing dim sum to
generations of non-Chinese residents. A friend
of mine in Canada raves about his visit here and
the roast duck "on those little (dough) pillows"...he
can't wait to come back. Their web site is: http://www.yanksing.com.
Contact information for the two locations: 415-957-9300
(for 101 Spear Street) or 415-541-4949 (for 49
Cricket, San Francisco, USA
My favorite place for dim sum is Ton
Kiang at 5821 Geary St. in San Francisco.
Tel: (415) 387-8273 Website: http://www.tonkiang.net.
The food is delicious and the place is bright,
clean and lovely. Service is pleasant and very
prompt, servers are friendly and helpful. There
is an extensive variety of well prepared dim sum.
Regular menu also of course, but the best part
is that dim sum is served all day, every day from
10am to 10pm.
Jan, San Francisco, USA
I'll be very surprised if you haven't already
had several nominations for Ton Kiang
Restaurant in San Francisco (http://www.tonkiang.net).
They're in the Richmond District of the city,
at 5821 Geary Blvd. Ton Kiang originally was a
Hakka Chinese restaurant, and dim sum is not a
Hakka specialty. However, the owners quickly realized
how popular dim sum is with Bay Area diners and
decided to give it a try. They were wildly successful,
and now dim sum dining usually requires standing
in line at the door, especially on weekends. No
reservations are taken for dim sum. The wait is
worth it, though, as once you're in and seated
you'll be treated to a procession of bright, fresh,
and delicious tidbits. Many of the usual dim sum
will be offered, along with some more unusual
specialties. My favorite is the deep fried taro
root, crispy and crunchy on the outside with a
soft, creamy inside. Delicious! If you're visiting
San Francisco and want a real treat in a real
San Francisco neighborhood, give Ton Kiang a try.
Margaret, Westport, USA
I nominate Yank Sing in San
Francisco. Expect frequent carts, a lot of variety
and super-fresh ingredients. Tel: 415-957-9300.
Address: 101 Spear St.
Laura, Pittsburg, USA
I second the suggestion above! The best dim
sum in San Francisco is Yank Sing,
101 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Phone:
(415) 957-9300. Website: http://www.yanksing.com/
I'm sure you will hear from lots of people in
the Bay Area on this one, but I wanted to send
it in anyway!
Diane, San Francisco, USA
I nominate the East Ocean Seafood Restaurant.
This recently redecorated Alameda Chinese restaurant
is a short ride through the Webster tunnel from
Oakland, which has many dim sum palaces, but none
as lovely. Expect convenient parking directly
behind the restaurant in a small parking lot.
The food is the best part, with delicious treats
served by friendly staff. This is a family place,
with two sisters as hostesses. Of course everyone
knows about all the dim sum restaurants in San
Francisco, but if you're across the bay you can't
do better than to drive a short distance (about
five minutes from downtown Oakland) to the charming
small town of Alameda to enjoy a wonderful meal.
Try a noodle dish as well as the dim sum, and
you won't leave hungry. This Berkeley foodie is
very willing to spend the extra time driving to
this spot for the best dim sum in the East Bay.The
address is 1713 Webster St., Alameda, CA, phone
Maria, Berkeley, USA
Fantastic and absurdly cheap vegetarian dim
sum can be had on the weekends at Lucky
Creation in Chinatown in San Francisco.
It's worth a special trip to this place. My girlfriends
and I stuffed ourselves silly with divine all-veggie
dim sum. And, then looked in disbelief at the
bill which cost us about $5 USD each. Because
the restaurant is really small (kind of a hole
in the wall, truthfully), I'd advise going right
at 11am when they open. Although they may not
be fully ready for dim sum, you can order some
starters, and then merrily partake of the steaming
food that wafts by you. Hours: 11-9:30, daily.
Closed Wed. Address: 854 Washington St. (between
Grant & Stockton) Tel: 415-989-0818.
Anusha, San Francisco, USA
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