Dim Sum from New Asia in Chinatown

28Apr10

Dim Sum from New Asia in Chinatown

New Asia is a dim sum restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown, on Pacific between Grant and Stockton, that has been around since 1987. It’s huge inside, with over 100 tables to accommodate daily diners, private parties, and weddings. There’s a stage for a band and a large dancefloor, though it’s covered with dining tables during regular business hours.

If you are wondering if the dim sum is good here, all you have to do is step inside. The first time I passed by, I wrote it off as a generic dim sum restaurant that was all show on the outside, but a quick peek inside quickly changed my mind. Almost every single table is full of people, all enjoying dim sum. On a random weekday afternoon, most of the patrons are elderly Chinese people, so I felt at ease knowing they approve of the place.

Between two people we ordered five dishes. Clockwise starting from the bottom: cha sieu bao (steamed pork buns), ha gow (shrimp dumplings), xiao long bao (soup dumplings), gai lan (Chinese broccoli), and siu mai (pork dumplings).

The dim sum is brought around on carts every few seconds, so you always have a fresh assortment to choose from. The dim sum is really good; I’d say a level above Good Luck Dim Sum in the Inner Richmond and a level below Yank Sing in SoMa. However, Yank Sing is the most expensive dim sum I’ve ever had in my life and no dim sum, however good it may be, should cost that much. They gotta make rent for that space, though, so you can’t blame them. The pricing also falls right in between, too, coming out to about $30. For comparison, the same meal would have cost me $10 at Good Luck Dim Sum and probably $100 at Yank Sing (slightly exaggerating but you get the idea).

New Asia is perfect if you’re already in Chinatown. The dim sum is fresh and authentic, and the service is quick. You’ll never be looking around wondering where the dim sum cart is, since there are multiple carts circling around at all times.

New Asia
772 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-6666
http://www.sfnewasia.com

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