Ton Kiang: "Dim Sum Supreme" Ton Kiang Tip by Rixie
Ton Kiang, San Francisco: 8 reviews and 9 photos
VTer jessicadf introduced me to Ton Kiang, and I've been back on my own since then. It's the best dim sum outside of Chinatown. You'll see a lot of Chinese faces here (my own included!), so you know it's not just a tourist place.
It's family-friendly; the little kids are so cute. There are high chairs available, and the atmosphere is so brisk and noisy that a crying child wouldn't be any big deal.
I also like the fact that they serve dim sum the traditional way, with the waitresses coming by your table with each new batch of this-and-that, showing you what they have in the baskets, and letting you choose. It is not cheap to eat here, but it's worth it. The nice thing about dim sum, especially if you're hungry, is that it's instant gratification: the food starts arriving the minute you sit down.
Parking in this area can be difficult. If you're a visitor, I'd advise taking the #38 Geary bus and getting off at 22nd Avenue. If you're driving, you might have to park several blocks away and walk, or circle the block a million times.
This is a very popular restaurant, and they accept reservations only if you have a party of 8 or more. On the weekend, plan to arrive by 10 am, or there will be a long line out the door.
Favorite Dish: All of the food here is wonderful; it's hard to choose one favorite dish. Ton Kiang's steamed pork buns are especially good: light and fluffy and flavorful. Their chicken shu mai (little mounds of chopped chicken and vegetables held together by a strip of noodle dough and steamed) are lovely, and so are their pork-and-ginger dumplings. My favorite desserts are the baked custard buns and fried sesame balls, which are filled with sweet bean paste.
Vegetarians should be aware that most of the dim sum dishes contain pork, chicken, or shrimp. You might have to pass up the dim sum and order an individual plate lunch.
Address: 5821 Geary Boulevard
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Between 22nd and 23rd Avenues
Phone: (415) 752-4440
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum
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