The twelve perfect pleats were the giveaway.
Dim Sum Corner recently opened at 601 Grant Ave., in the downstairs of the historic Cathay House building, across from Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in Chinatown. An owner-supplied photo of their multi-colored 12-crimp Xiao Long Bao hinted that either Koi Palace’s commercial kitchen was delivering to Chinatown, or a different business with an XLB machine had arisen.
A Dim Sum Corner employee said that they are not owned by Koi Palace, but Koi Palace is the managing partner, from which they get website support, some recipes like the scissor-cut noodles, and, yup, dumplings from Koi Palace’s commercial kitchen. That same kitchen supplies the three Koi Palaces, MY China, Dragon Beaux, Koi Palace Express at SFO, Millbrae’s casual Stick & Steam, and presumably the upcoming Palette Tea House in SF Ghiradelli Square.
I’m curious to learn whether mom and pop shops will have access to Koi Palace’s supply in the future—- Dim Sum Corner’s owners are well established. According to an August report from Hoodline, the Yeo family, known for Straits restaurant, was developing the property for a downstairs fast-casual Cantonese restaurant (presumably they now own it), with a formal restaurant in the upstairs space.