Wong Kee Dim Sum Restaurant
28 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Believe it or not, until a few weeks ago Iâ€™d never had dim sum. How could that be, you ask? Well, I donâ€™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 â€œrightâ€ thing to eat?
Then my friend Matt mentioned how amazing the dim sum is at Wong Keeâ€”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.
Iâ€™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 greatâ€”maybe next time. And I am sure there will be a next time!
The restaurant itself is a little on the dated side dÃ©cor-wise, but the service was terrificâ€”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 arenâ€™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, itâ€™s an older restaurant so the dÃ©cor is a little dated