Just Eat It

Ton Kiang

Dessert: "The custard tarts are only good when they're hot," said Diana, choosing a plate fresh from the kitchen. They were very good, smooth and rich and presented in a tender crust worthy of any Parisian patisserie. Another tasty dessert was a sort of Chinese tamale: rice cake filled with red bean paste, wrapped in a bamboo leaf and steamed. (A similar concoction filled the rice dough with lotus paste rolled in sesame seeds.) Ton Kiang's walnut cookies were exemplary: crisper and not as tooth-achingly sweet as the usual Chinatown variety, with a nice lotus-paste filling pulling it all together. Concluding the meal in ideal fashion was a fresh, smooth mango pudding topped with cool condensed milk and studded with chunks of underripe mango to undercut the pudding's supple sweetness.

The dishes came and went so fast amidst so much multilingual byplay I have no idea how much each cost; all I can tell you is that the bill for all this food, which kept seven grown-ups gustatorially satisfied way past the evening hours, came to $109.69 before tip. (Tea was the only beverage consumed.)

Ton Kiang's Dim Sum Is a Revelation: Paul Cheung serves some up.
Ton Kiang's Dim Sum Is a Revelation: Paul Cheung serves some up.

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Ton Kiang

5821 Geary
San Francisco, CA 94121

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Richmond (Outer)

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5821 Geary (at 22nd Avenue), 387-8273. Open Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday until 10:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Parking: difficult. Muni: 38. Noise level: festive

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I thanked Diana for her culinary guidance and wisdom. "There's no wisdom in eating," she said. "Just eat!"

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