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Yank Sing (San Francisco CA)
||49 Stevenson Street,|
San Francisco, CA 94105
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2005 Issue: 12(3) page: 30
A favorite in San Francisco, is a place we visit at least once, on every trip to this city. It was in the Carl Chu book, and we went there again to see how it stacks up compared to other places this very week. Yank Sing has this other place at 101 Spear Street in the Rincon Center. It is larger and easier to garner a table; and we do visit both. We prefer the one on Stevenson; while others say selections at Rincon are more and better.
When Yank Sing was at Battery, in a building long gone, we reviewed it. That was in 1997, and the review was in an article titled: San Francisco Dots My Heart. That was in Volume 4(1) on pages 15 and 19. Yank Sing is still a great place for dim sum, we mentioned it between then and now, including when we noted the Battery Street address was no more. For those who want to read the earlier items, check our website at www.flavorandfortune.com For everyone else, here is a brief update.
Their dim sum still delights; many are marvelous, sophisticated, tempting, and tasty at this long-standing institution that basically only features dim sum. It is only open until three or four in the afternoon, depending upon which location you get to.
They serve Peking Duck by the slice, have a delightful Seafood Basil Dumplings, Stuffed Mushrooms with Chicken, Foil-wrapped Chicken, and Fresh Fruit Cup, as more modern renditions. And, they still offer Goldfish Shrimp Dumplings to die for, Crab Claws to salivate over, a simple Stuffed Lotus Leaf that is far from simple, and an Eggplant with Hunan Sauce that still is so good, I need two of them. At the Stevenson location there are forty-three dim sum listed on a menu; but always ask what is new or not on it when you get there.
New since our last visit to a Yank Sing, there is a bigger take-out bag. It says ‘Yank Sing 2go.’ They always honor reservations and we have never use one. We have also never indulged in their very sophisticated eleven-item wine list; maybe one day we should. On this trip, the Fingers of Sea bass, were not on either menu, but when they have them, they never should be missed. Have yours with one of their three tea selections. The jasmine is very good, the oolong is better, and we absolutely adore their bolai, which is Cantonese for pu-er, the very best of the bunch. We say that even though their tea still comes in museum-quality glass teapots that never hold the heat.
Yank Sing is still excellent, though it seems noisier than ever. That is probably because every seat seems occupied at all times, and every customer is having fun as they dot their own hearts.