Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hong Kong Lounge

So after many wonderful meals in San Francisco (Gary Denko, Ferry Building, Bottega), the H.o.P. was honestly itching for something else.  The H.o.P always gravitates back to our one true love, the complex multi faceted cuisine of Asia.  What better way to satisfy that craving than with some good ole dim sum.  Hands down, Seafood Harbour in Rosemead has got to be THE best dim sum this side of the Pacific.  I haven't had dim sum in Hong Kong, but the rest of the H.o.P. can confirm this.  So far, my experience with dim sum in the Bay Area has been just ok.  Better than anything in Orange County, but nothing that knocks your socks off.  A true dim sum experience cannot be complete without some rude, pushy, and loud Cantos.  You know what I'm talking about.  They smell like mothballs and old closets, they squawk and squabble like wild chickens, and shoving and cutting you off comes as second nature to them.  Haha, I joke, right?  These are the people of Dumpling Man.  He says my people live 10 people to 1 room and are ghetto beyond all ghetto.  Ah, to each his own...

Xiao Long Bao
Tasty and pretty juicy.

Har Gow
Pretty large pieces of shrimp.

Fried Shrimp Wontons
This is not something we typically would order, but we were pretty starved by the time we got seated.  A starved H.o.P. -er is never something you want around.  They go hog wild when it comes food time!

Gai Lan
The veggies were pretty good today.  Not an ounce of bitterness here.

Shrimp Chow Fun Roll
I like eating dim sum with the H.o.P.  We lean heavily toward anything shrimp.  When I eat dim sum with Dumpling Man he likes to get the char siu version of this and I don't like it as much.

Seafood Tofu Roll
This was another tasty dish that I'm finding myself ordering more often.  It gives more variety to the standard har gow and siu mai.

Shrimp Siu Mai
More shrimpy goodness.

Chicken Feet
I just leave this one for Smooth Obturator to devour.  Not sure how it went down for him.

Siu Mai
I always appreciate when the pork in this is not too fatty and it was pretty good here.

Turnip Cake
We always get this and the sticky rice to balance out all the protein ordered.  These were falling apart, but I kinda like the cakes like that.  I don't like them too homogenous and starchy.

Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves
These were alright, nothing special.

Hong Kong Lounge was some good dim sum, but not the best I've ever had.  It will certainly fulfill your cravings if you're ever in the SF area, but be prepared for a wait.  I think we got there at 10 am and we had to wait at least 30 minutes.  We got really annoyed because it seemed like people were just showing up and waltzing right in.  It would have helped to have a Canto in our camp to keep us abreast of any shady business that was most certainly going on around us.  Alas, we had only Triple T, and she was pretty useless.

5322 Geary Blvd
(between 17th Ave & 18th Ave)
San FranciscoCA 94121
Neighborhood: Outer Richmond

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Darin at December 7, 2011 at 7:41 PM said...

Have you tried Yank Sing?

Gobears! at December 9, 2011 at 11:19 PM said...

Man, we get almost exactly the same thing (except for that fried crap)! We usually also throw in a bowl or two of porridge, as well as an egg tart thing at the end.

I agree with the yank sing rec. and really? Best of the west? The dim sum in Vancouver was pretty incredible!

Lynn at December 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM said...

never tried yak sing, but seriously seafood harbor is delicious. i'll have to see what vancouver is like whenever i get there.

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