Ton Kiang, with its big, noisy dining areas, bad chairs, and bland décor, is typical of dim sum restaurants in San Francisco and yes: the avenues of San Francisco have seen as many waves of immigrants as Ocean Beach has seen waves, among them many Hong Kong Chinese arrivals, resulting in dim sum overload. The difference at Ton Kiang is the quality of the dumplings, clay pot dishes, and other fare, all of which is a serious cut above the norm. It’s most popular at lunch when the dishes are wheeled around on carts. Don’t be dismayed by the always long lines outside the door-they tend to move quickly. Ton Kiang not only serves some of the best dim sum in town at very affordable prices, but does it all day long-including dinner. What the place lacks in ambiance it more than makes up in flavour. Located in the Richmond District where fog is plentiful and tourists are not, the dining room is packed with regulars who flock here from all over town. Warm up with one of the clay pot dishes, the perfect complement to a chilly July or August day in Fog City.
Photo: Flickr/Shockingly Tasty“