Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cheap Eats: Dim Sum at Tong Palace Seafood Restaurant


Welcome back to the Inner Richmond. When we were last here, we were gritting our teeth in the wind and thinking of Captain Marko Ramius

Of course, the Russians are not the only ethnic group prevalent in the blue-collar, grey skied Richmond. The neighborhood is also a large enclave of Chinese-Americans.

Everyone knows about San Francisco Chinatown. Many people who live in San Francisco also know to avoid it, just like San Francisco residents avoid Fisherman's Wharf and hanging out in San Mateo.

(San Mateo is a lovely town. Pleasanton, on the other hand...)

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"Dude, come to dim sum," Deth Veggie tells my face after I have finished sweating out last night's hang over at the gym.

"I'm trying to save money," I say, which I should have told myself last night after beer number three.

"It's cheap! Way cheaper than Chinatown! I'm driving!"

I was pretty sure I had no chance of backing away, no matter how destitute I claimed to be (the rent's too damn high!). 

I went home, showered, looked at my empty refrigerator and was glad I accepted this offer.

Later, walking down Clement, I knew we'd come to the place when I saw the tacky yellow awning, Chinese writing and complete lack of Caucasians (truth be told, this being the Richmond, actual Caucasians from the Caucasus Mountains were likely near by).

And of course, the checklist of things to look for when eating ethnic, especially Asian cuisine:
  • Menu in Chinese,
  • We were the only non-Asians in the restaurant,
  • Website is in Chinese,
  • Delicious chicken feet!
I will be sending this to my old boss Geoff for a translation.

Name of this dish? I have no idea.

Play with your food!

By the time anything green showed up we had already stuffed ourselves to the gills with dumplings (and I with chicken feet, which my compatriots graciously left alone).

Total cost pre-tip for four people? $27.

Salad for dinner!

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Tong Palace Seafood Restaurant
933 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118