Monday, September 16, 2013

Tai Wu

I get the urge every once a while to indulge in a massive yum cha feast, I have no idea why (I'm not Cantonese after all) and I can't predict when it will strike.

Good yum cha is hard to come by in a new city. Restaurants are almost always packed, but you never know if it's because they're super cheap, because they used to make great food, or if they actually do make great food.

Tai Wu
Luckily, getting a local to show me places meant that I was assured a decent meal. 

Not quite in San Francisco, Tai Wu is located out in Daly City, right near SFO airport. Set in a little shopping district, with a chaotic parking lot, it was fairly busy on the Sunday morning we made the trek out there,

The menu is has fairly standard offerings and we ordered some of the usual suspects.

Fried Tofu
Rice Rolls with Shrimp

Shrimp Siu Mai
Chinese Doughnuts wrapped in Rice Skins

Chinese Brocoli

Eggplant with Pork Mince

Prawn Dumplings

Most of the food was decent, although certainly not super spectacular. The shrimp siu mai and shrimp dumplings were quite impressive however with silky skins and plenty of juicy prawn filling. 

One of the more unusual items on the menu was duck neck.

Duck Neck

Interesting texture but the beak was a bit disconcerting. Not something I'd go out of my way to eat again.

Xiao Long Bao
I was bitterly disappointed by the Xiao Long Bao with their too thick skins. Nothing like the delicate skinned parcels full of gloriously salty soupy filling that I've come to love. They also came in odd metal baskets.

Pineapple Buns

The pineapple buns were impressive though. These sweet, slightly creamy and slightly tart filled breads  are seen to rarely on menus in my opinion. Actually, pineapple desserts are generally too few and far between. 

The service is fast and the food is both cheap enough and of a good enough quality to warrant a return visit. Everything was of a decent size and quality, apart from the disappointment of the Xiao Long Bao. I'm still searching for an absolutely amazing yum cha restaurant in San Francisco, where Xiao Long Bao is something they take pride in doing well. 

Tai Wu
950 King Dr, Daly City
Mon-Fri 1am-3pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
Sun-Thu 5pm-930pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10 pm

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