Tuesday, December 26, 2006

koi palace

from left: XLB, shrimp with spinach, steamed pork buns Koi Palace isn’t a new discovery but it is my favorite dim sum spot. I’ve been a dozen times, and it is popular with both the critics (the Michelin Guide mentions it favorably and Michael Bauer slots it his Top 100) and the crowds.

Koi Palace seats more than 400 but remains packed from early morning forward. Even on Chowhound, where controversy is a staple, there is consensus that Koi Palace serves the best dim sum.

frm left: shrimp with banana, pan friend shrimp with green onion, duck burritos Our long weekend provided and good opportunity to return and Koi Palace remains as tasty as ever. If you haven’t been in a while or, more tragically, if you have never been, plan a pilgrimage and follow these tips:

1) order from a waiter. The carts are tasty, but some of the freshest, hottest and best items will never make it to your table without a little help
2) get lots of dumplings. The steamed shrimp and spinach (top center) and the pan fried shrimp and green onion (center center) are especially tasty
3) bring friends so you can try more things and still have room for dessert( bottom)
4) call ahead the morning you are going to get a number - and remember where you learned this valuable inside tip when you speed ahead of the hungry masses who have been waiting for an hour or more

Koi Palace dim sum menu

Chinese donuts and custard-filled pineapple buns
Koi Palace: 365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA (650) 992-9000