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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Dim Sum Restaurants

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Sliced cold pork shank with jellyfish at South Sea Seafood Village - W. BLAKE GRAY
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  • Sliced cold pork shank with jellyfish at South Sea Seafood Village

2. South Sea Seafood Village

1420 Irving (at 15th Ave.)

The key to your great SSSV experience comes as soon as you sit down. Insist on the special tea; there's a separate menu. For $3 a person, you get a fascinating table-side ceremony of all the glasses being doubly rinsed, as well as an endless pot of higher-end tea (try the dragon well or the pu erh) and a bonus dumpling per person. You might also order a fish from the tank when you first sit down, though be sure to clarify the price. The cilantro fish rice noodles are an excellent version of a dish SFoodie usually finds boring, and the garlic sweet pea -- actually peas in their pods -- are cold and crunchy fresh. This place has the best service of any place not actually oriented toward Westerners.

1. Hong Kong Lounge

5322 Geary (at 17th Ave.)

Hong Kong Lounge is not for novices. Most of the large crowd trying to jostle ahead of you on the waiting list speaks Chinese; the waiters are arrogant; it's noisy. But the food quality is superb and varied. The baked pork buns are the best in town, with a crunchy top that contrasts the soft interior and meaty, savory filling. The coffee pork ribs are a must; they're served with a dollop of whipped cream, an unusual touch that accentuates the coffee. The shrimp dumplings are also excellent, and the bean tamale is a fascinating Chinese take on the dish. Prepare to wait an hour on weekends at prime time, but it's worth it.

We've updated our list of top dim sum restaurants in San Francisco! Check it out here.

Former SF Weekly Food Editor W. Blake Gray blogs about food, wine and other stuff you put in your mouth at The Gray Report. Follow him at @wblakegray.

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