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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Dim Sum Restaurants

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4. Koi Palace

365 Gellert (in Serramonte Plaza), Daly City

Koi Palace isn't as good as its army of devotees who mill around the parking lot think -- but it's still pretty darn good. Its many strengths include the greatest variety in the area; it seems like the kitchen sends out unusual dishes on the carts whenever it feels like it. We've grabbed a lot of interesting one-shot dishes here, some successful, some not. The Shanghai soup dumplings are always a winner. Koi Palace is a little pricey, but if you avoid the fish from the tank it's not at all extravagant.

3. Ton Kiang

5821 Geary (at 22nd Ave.)

If you're a dim sum novice, please elevate Ton Kiang to number 1. This is the place to introduce visitors to the concept of dim sum. Ton Kiang serves the most and freshest vegetables of any dim sum place on this list, and in fact is the only dim sum place we know where a vegetarian wouldn't spend the morning complaining. Don't miss the pea sprouts -- they're the best of the greens. The petite baked pork buns are pillowy, and the shrimp and chive dumplings are plump and meaty. This place is not cheap, but you get what you pay for in hygiene and English-friendly service. They'll even bring you forks without sniggering.

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