Pdho and I happened to be walking by this place one day and noticed that there was quite a long line of people waiting. I looked it up on Yelp and saw that it got some pretty good reviews for its dim sum, so we decided to come back another day to give it a try. Unfortunately, when we returned, Pdho had his camera in hand and they ended up yelling at us in Chinglish telling us not to take pictures. So although there aren’t any pictures, suffice it say (and I’m sure I’ve said it before) whether the dim sum is good or bad, the pictures of dim sum pretty much look the same.
As far as the bakery itself, it definitely has the look of a typically unassuming Chinatown bakery. Nothing fancy and nothing in English. It’s quite small and cramped inside with very little seating as it seems to be more of take out/to-go place.
Needless to say, with my limited knowledge of Chinese words for various dumplings and lots of pointing, I walked out with a lot of food for well under $10. The Ha Gow and Siu Mai were quite delicious. Much better than my other go to take dim sum place on Jackson St, and I thought they were pretty good as well. The dumplings used better ingredients like nice chunks of shrimp and minimal pieces of pork fat that helped give the dumplings that fresh-made taste. Unfortunately, they don’t have Cheung Fun which is one of my favorite dim sum dishes, but it is forgivable.
Overall, I highly recommend this place if you’re looking to pick up some standard dim sum fare to go. It’s good quality, delicious tasting food at a very, very reasonable price. The line can be annoying, because it’s filled with plenty of old Chinese people who don’t speak much English and sometimes cut in front of you…. but it is totally expected for Chinatown.
Good Mang Kok
1039 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
PAFO Ratings for Good Mang Kok:
Ambiance 1 stars
Food 4 stars
Overall rating 3½ stars