T.C. Choy Asian Bistro – Dim Sum Lunch

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If you’re looking for a classic Chinese Dim Sum lunch, T.C. Choy’s Asian Bistro in Hyde Park offers a good variety served on carts daily from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  We visited it today and ordered steamed Siu Mai (Pork Dumplings), Spinach and Shrimp dumplings and Barbeque Pork buns. For desert, we added fried sesame seed balls with bean filling.  All with a pot of green tea ($4).  The restaurant also offers gluten-free tea.

There are 2 carts of Dim Sum.  One offers steamed Dim Sum. The other has fried Dim Sum.

Each Dim Sum costs $4.29.  Our order of 4 different kinds was enough for 2 people.  Our bill with tax was $22.64.  The Dim Sum and menu prices are slightly higher than China Yuan Restaurant in north Tampa, but it’s also located in trendy restaurant row on Howard Avenue where dining out might cost more.   T.C. Choy’s provided good service for one person and with 2 servers on the lunch-time shift.  At some local restaurants, customers pack their own left-overs.  It was nice of the T.C. Choy servers to pack customers’ left-overs.

The Dim Sum was fresh, wonderful and with no MSG we could taste.

T.C. Choy’s Asian Bistro is located at 301 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606 near Platt Street.  It is closed Tuesdays only through May 12th. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. Phone: 813-251-1191. Major credit cards accepted. Visit http://www.tcchoysbistro.com for more information.

If you’re looking for “value” Dim Sum, head to Oceanic Oriental Supermarket, also owned by the T.C. Choy family.  The selection of value Dim Sum is smaller than at the restaurant.  During lunch time, each piece is 85 cents or buy 5 pieces and get one free ($4.25) at the store’s takeout Asian deli.  The deli also has $5.50 -$6 Asian lunch plates to go and Chinese roast duck, roast pork with crispy skin and barbeque pork.

Oceanic Oriental Supermarket is located at 1609 N. Tampa St. , Tampa, Florida 33602 across from Stetson University just north of I-275 and downtown Tampa.  It’s open every day from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Phone: 813-228-8110 or 813-254-2041. Major credit cards accepted.

—-Carol Lim


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