Ton Kiang Restaurant, the home style eatery with Formica tables and huge windows, specializes in Hakka cuisine. It is known for its flavorful and ... More
Ton Kiang Restaurant
Ton Kiang Restaurant, the home style eatery with Formica tables and huge windows, specializes in Hakka cuisine. It is known for its flavorful and complex stews, among other things. There are many tofu dishes on the menu, but they usually mixed with meat or chicken. Vegetarians should double-check with the efficient wait staff before selecting an entree. There is always a crowd here, but seating is never a problem among the locals who have made this place so popular. Be sure to check out their dim sum service as well.
We ordered crispy whole fried fish that costed $20. Wow, pricy, right?
Also ordered crispy fried skinny noodles with vegetables, white rice (and we received a very stingy portion), pot stickers, sizzling rice vegetarian soup (big mistake, seafood version is loads better), and egg custard tarts. They gave 3 tarts per order, but by goodness were they tiny! 3 tarts combined is still less and smaller than 1 normal sized tart.
Our bill was disproportionally larger than expected from a Chinese restaurant. We could have eaten Japanese with top of the line sushi at those rates. An hour later, we were hungry again.
I've eaten here several times, but last night's dinner was a stand-out. Miraculously!
We ordered Sizzling Rice Soup, deep fried taro and potsticker dim sum, a fried noodle dish with veggies and roast pork, white rice, and a mushroom with okra dish.
All were very good! A very good thing too is that a lot of the food was quite al dente, especially the vegetables, so you don't get the feeling the stuff has been sitting around for a while.
I have been going to Ton Kiang since I moved to SF over 8 years now and I am always pleased with the food. I am not an expert on DIM SUM, but everything I have tasted seems to be very tasty and always fresh. My FAVS have to be sticky rice, barbecued pork buns, beef curry pastry, egg custard rice cakes, pea shoots, and the sesame balls. Also try their pork chow fun, its one of the best I have had in the city. If your planning to go on a weekend, I suggest getting there before 12pm otherwise expect a long wait. The restaurant itself is also to some extent more updated than a lot of Chinese restaurants I have been to which is always a plus.
The reviews this place gets boggles the mind---WHY?
The dim sum on menu is average at best. Is it b/c the staff is attentive to a certain restaurant go-er? Who knows...
I know I've had better at other places in Millbrae and Daly City.
Pass on this place if you are looking for TRUE HK DIM SUM!
Just when you thought you couldn't eat another bite, along comes the server with more to choose from! It's all terrific, but my favorites are the crab, the asparagus, and the sesame balls.
Hint to those who don't like standing in line: get there when it opens-- the crowds don't start until a little before 11.
Pros: Great food, reasonably priced
I was so surprise that there always has a long line outside the restaurant.
I was born in Hong Kong and I love DimSim very much. If you trust what I say, there is not an outstanding place. Just okay for me!
I can say... not bad, but not good enough!
Within 10 blocks in the same street, a very good dimSim place too.
I've averaged going here about once or twice a year for a little over 10 years, and my opinion seems to decline slightly each time. I think that's mainly with more exposure to other dim sum joints that present a better value or better quality over the years. Ton Kiang is always good, but not enough to fully eliminate other options when you consider parking, location, wait staff. Given the location, Koi Palace is a better option with easier access for those south of the City.
For exquisitely prepared, piping hot, delicious dim sum, Ton Kiang is the place to go in San Francisco. Be sure to try the steamed pork buns, shrimp and pea shoots dumplings, and the to-die-for egg custard tarts. If you arrive before 11am, you'll be seated quickly. Between 11am-1pm is the brunch rush. I'll share my secret: go for dinner and you'll be seated immediately, they'll make your favorite dishes to order, and service is impeccable.
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