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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Congee, a rice porridge
Then came around my favorite cart …
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!
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.
What a wonderful tasty adventure dim sum is. I can’t wait until next time!