Yank Sing

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We’re finally moving into the last day of my San Francisco trip! My food filled Sunday began with brunch at Yank Sing, a cart style dim sum restaurant with a few locations in the city. My travel buddies and I met up with my lovely friend Dabs at a little past 10 in the am, and we hungrily proceeded inside to get some good eats.

The wait staff was almost a little over-attentive with their offerings, and we weren’t seated for more than five minutes before we had a table heaping with food. We also got a jasmine tea to go with the meal, though I unfortunately did not take a picture of the pot! It was a cool glass pot, very snazzy and modern. (And by the by, the tea is very important to any dim sum meal, though some friends of mine may beg to differ…lol)

My favorite dish of the meal is pictured above: the Shanghai Dumpling – “A Yank Sing signature dish of minced Kurobuta Pork, scallion and ginger wrapped and steamed in its own aromatic broth.” It was like soup in a dumpling…amazing!

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Lettuce cup
minced chicken, Chinese Lop Cheung sausage
sauteed with diced water chestnuts and bamboo shoots
garnished with pine nuts, spring onions, cilantro

Sort of like a mini version of the lettuce wraps you might get at PF Chang’s. It wasn’t bad, though I could’ve done without the pine nuts. To be honest, I might actually prefer the one from PF Chang’s! XD;;

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Potsticker (Wor Tee)
minced chicken or pork, napa cabbage, scallions, ginger,
and toasted sesame oil stuffing,
steamed in a wok, then shallow- pan-fried

Pretty good potstickers…can’t really go wrong here.

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Scallion pancake type thing. A little dry, but that’s to be expected. I liked it, but needed a little dipping sauce.

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Seabass, in probably a soy sesame glaze. I don’t recall this dish very much…perhaps the black cod from Ozumo the night before just eclipsed it.

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Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gau)
hand-chopped shrimp embedded with crunchy bits of
sweet winter bamboo shoot tips and fashioned into a bonnet

Aw…a bonnet, how cute. ♥ Very shrimpy, this one. I was getting a bit stuffed at this point, so all the subtleties of flavor were getting lost.

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Mango Pudding
creamy gelatin of golden ripe mango, served chilled

Sadly, this was a sugary, flavorless mass of gelatinous goo. Where was the mango? Nobody knows. Not in this pudding, that’s all I know.

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Sesame Ball
sticky rice-flour balls stuffed with sweet yellow bean puree
rolled in sesame seeds deep-fried until golden brown and crusty

Interesting that they used yellow bean paste…I’ve usually had it with the red. Not bad, though not the best I’ve had.

I was rather saddened that they didn’t have my favorite dessert: almond jello. (;____;) Love that stuff! I’ll just have to make it on my own. It’s actually extremely easy to make.

Overall, I thought that it was a great meal. However…my eyes nearly popped out of my head when the bill came. I seem to be complaining about price a lot lately, but I’m really not a cheap foodie! I’ll willingly part with lots of money for a fabulous meal, but I feel cheated when I know that I could’ve had better food for cheaper. At the price I saw at Yank Sing, it should’ve been the best dim sum of my life. No dice.

I’m the same way when it comes to tea with dim sum… It is important, I think. Personally, I love chrysanthemum tea. :)


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