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Won Kow: Chinatown-Dim Sum
Last visit 4/10/05
This is Chinatown's oldest Chinese restaurant, we've eaten here at least 6 times, haven't tried anything bad yet. There are many other places in Chinatown that serve dim sum, including the very popular Phoenix, but I figure we've found one we really like so we'll stick with it. On our most recent visit on 4/10/05, there was a 45 minute wait at Phoenix and you could walk right into Won Kow.
Service can be a little slow, don't be afraid to flag down any waiter in order to get service. There are people going around with dim sum carts here but they also give you a menu that they write on as you pick items off the cart. If you don't see what you want on the cart, they will get whatever you want if you ask. Certain things like pot stickers and egg tarts have to be ordered.
Favorite Dish: Dim Sum is served daily 9 am-3pm. Everything we've tried was good including dumplings, pot stickers, egg rolls, barbecue pork buns, egg tarts.
We always get the dim sum but my mother in law ordered off the menu and really liked the beef chop suey.
Won Kow Restaurant: Cantonese Dim Sum
This is Chinatown's oldest restaurant dates back to 1927, located on the second floor. They serve rather authentic Cantonese and Mandarin dishes... over 100 items, from the standard / common to more exotic. You'll also find a section on the menu strictly reserved for red-hot-alert dishes for spicy food lovers. The restaurant is a popular dim sum destination on weekends. This restaurant has a full bar too (most restaurants in Chinatown are strictly BYOB).
They have a good (mostly standard) selection of dim sum for lunch, prices are low to moderate compared to some others around town. Dim sum is only available from 9am - 3pm. Good place to have your weekend breakfast too with the early opening hours. During weekdays, dim sum is ordered by marking items on table cards. On weekends, it's traditional cart service... see what you like & just point at food that rolls by on carts.
Sundays - Thurdays 9am - 11pm
Fridays & Saturdays 9am - 12am
Favorite Dish: Favourite dim sum... sticky rice, rice rolls (prawn or BBQ pork), various dumplings...
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Won Kow: Best traditional Chinese place in Chinatown
We always have dim sum at Won Kow, which is the oldest restaurant in Chinatown. A friend who is in his 60's remembers eating here as a kid.
It is upstairs and the place is nice, especially if you sit by the window. The price for dim sum is alway less than $10 per person, and that is with tip and drinks.
Favorite Dish: Dim sum, especially the steamed bbq pork buns and the sesame balls filled with bean paste.
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Won Kow: Won Kow - Dim sum restaurant
Think the best Dim Sum shop in China town. Three happiness, which is recommended by lonely plant seemed closed.
Favorite Dish: BBQ pork dumpling, chicken feet, noodles, don't try none Cantonese dim sum, such as "fried dumpling", they made it horribly bad.
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