Koi Palace

Koi Palace

Our Hawaiian friends were in town this weekend. Russell Siu is the 2010 Hawaiian Chef of the Year, and as he had a stint cooking in San Francisco, he knows his way around this city! Sunday morning, we all packed into Dave’s big Ford Flex and headed south to Daly City to Koi Palace. Don’t even think you’re going to walk in and get a table, unless you’re a party of two. Our six waited 45 minutes for a table.

There are mixed reviews on Yelp about this place. The naysayers are wacko. This place rocks!! Russell did all of the ordering.

We started with suckling pig – crispy skin and super moist meat. We had juicy spare ribs, and the guys ventured out with the chicken feet. (I’m told that it is a Chinese tradition that you must eat chicken feet on your birthday for good luck.)

Koi Palace Interior

Koi Palace Interior

Koi Palace Suckling Pig

Koi Palace Suckling Pig

Prices are super reasonable. The Shanghai soup dumplings are served in quantities of 5 or 10, but either way, you’ll want more. They come with a mild vinegar sauce that, combined with the soup in the dumpling, makes these some of the best I’ve ever had. The roast duck had wonderfully crispy skin and a delightful taste. One of our favorites was the Char Siu, slices of marinated pork. Char Siu is normally sweet and crispy on the outside and somewhat dry on the inside. Koi Palace knows how to do Char Siu – it was unbelievably moist and tasty and came with a honey mustard sauce. All of the steamed dumplings we ordered were killer.

Koi Palace

Koi Palace

Russell finished us off with sesame balls filled with a sweet paste and an egg custard tart. Delicious!!

And then, prior to heading to the Giants game that afternoon (I’m a lucky charm – the Giants have won every game I’ve attended), Russell came to the car with a box of warm egg custard tarts from Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown. The croissant-like crust was flaky and moist, and the filling was as light and fluffy and tasty as egg custard can possibly get.

Next time Russell comes into town, I’m going to BEG him to take me on his Chinatown food tour. Russell knows his stuff indeed!!

Koi Palace Wrap-Up


Price: $$

7.5
Worth a Try

Good Things

  • Some of the best dim sum in the area
  • A myriad of choices

Bad Things

  • Long waits, especially for larger crowds
  • You may have to ask for things you don’t see on the carts

The Breakdown


Food
8
Creativity
7
Service
7
Ambiance
6




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