Our Amazing Dim Sum Adventure at Yank Sing

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Dim Sum is a lovely (sometimes adventurous) eating experience that I adore. And San Francisco is a great place to find good dim sum. On a recent Sunday our good friend Julia and her daughter Lucia invited us to join them at San Francisco institution Yank Sing.

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The custom and cuisine of dim sum comes from Southern China. Along the Silk Road travelers partook in a custom called Yum Cha, or drinking tea. Teahouses grew up along the roadside to give weary travelers a resting spot, some tea and a little snack.

Today dim sum has become synonymous with small individual portions of food usually served in a steamer or on a small plate. Each steamer or plate has 3 or 4 servings meant to be shared so you get to try a wonderful array of treats. Carts, each one filled with different delicacies, pass by and you select the ones you want to try right from the cart.

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Pork Sui Mye – shrimp and pork filling, in a wrapper (similar to a pasta) and formed into a fluted basket
Har Gau Dumpling – shrimp with bamboo shoots fashioned into a bonnet

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Barbeque Pork Buns – a fluffy bread bun stuffed with honey glazed barbeque pork
Shanghai Dumplings – pork, scallion and ginger wrapped and steamed in broth. You can see the liquid pooled in the bottom of these dumplings.

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Roasted Sea Bass
Fung Zao or Phoenix Talons, also known as Chicken Feet. Yes, I tried it. Yes, it was pretty tasty. No, I didn’t eat much of it … a texture thing.

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Congee, a rice porridge
Wonton soup

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Then came around my favorite cart …

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Peking Duck! Chunks of aged and roasted duck with fluffy dumpling wrappers, hoisin sauce and scallions. You make your own wraps. These are sooooo delicious!

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And finally, we finished with dessert. Some of the standards are Egg Custard Tarts, Mango Pudding and my favorite Jin Deui which are sesame dumplings filled with a sweet red bean paste.

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What a wonderful tasty adventure dim sum is. I can’t wait until next time!

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6 thoughts on “Our Amazing Dim Sum Adventure at Yank Sing

  1. Mmmm… Dim Sum! We’ve found an excellent dim sum restaurant up here in Portland, near V’s house. Went there for Mother’s day. I want to tease you and say that all your choices above are of the rather tame variety; no tripe, no taro root wrapped in fried rice coating, no lotus leaf sticky rice with chinese sausages! There’s a deep-fried lobster puff up here that is to die for!

    • Joy, these absolutely are more tame than some of the dim sum that’s available … but I did try the chicken feet :-) Maybe next time I’ll try the thousand year eggs.

    • Thanks for stopping by Greg. I had already checked out your site … fantastic! You won the FoodieBlogRoll sponsorship, right? I can’t wait for camp. I’m packing as we speak. Look forward to meeting you too!

  2. YUM! I love the shanghai dumplings and peking duck! I’ve only been to Yank Sing once and we didn’t get dessert (aside from the sesame balls which we actually got early on in our meal)…how are the egg custard tarts there?

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