Wong Kee Dim Sum Restaurant
28 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Believe it or not, until a few weeks ago I’d never had dim sum. How could that be, you ask? Well, I don’t know. I frequently eat at the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and many of them offer dim sum. Maybe it was an unexplainable fear of all those tin containers. How would I know I was picking the “right” thing to eat?
Then my friend Matt mentioned how amazing the dim sum is at Wong Kee—in fact, his entire family would occasionally drive all the way from Corvallis just to eat there when he was a kid. So I had to take him up on his offer to try it out.
I’ve had the regular menu at Wong Kee before, so I knew the food would be great, but I was very excited and delighted to try so many delicious dim sum treats all in one sitting.
The dim sum menu is pretty plentiful, with plates ranging in price from $2.30 to $5. I tried the scallop and shrimp dumplings, the vegetable dumplings, the spareribs, the sticky rice and several other items. Everything was delicious, and I left the restaurant an hour later completely full and satisfied. I did pass up the chicken feet, which my friend Matt says are great—maybe next time. And I am sure there will be a next time!
The restaurant itself is a little on the dated side décor-wise, but the service was terrific—even as the crowd began to grow as the busy Saturday lunch rush started. And, jeez, did get crowded! I guess everyone already knows this is a great dim sum spot!
If you aren’t interested in going for dim sum, Wong Kee also offers a huge and affordable lunch menu served before 3 p.m.
Pros: Great dim sum (served daily), reasonable prices, free tea, fantastic service, lunch menu until 3 p.m.
Cons: Can get very crowded on the weekends, it’s an older restaurant so the décor is a little dated