Yank Sing, San Francisco: Timeless and seductively delicious Deem Sum

The Shanghai pork dumplings are definitely the benchmark Deem Sum dish as they are very difficult to make.

Yank Sing, San Francisco: Timeless and seductively delicious Deem Sum
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Yank Sing Deem Sum

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars - 'Right on the Money'
Ricon Center: 101 Spear St. (between Mission and Howard), San Francisco, (415) 957-9300
www.yanksing.com
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Yank Sing, San Francisco: Timeless and seductively delicious Deem Sum

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It’s been ages since I have had Deem Sum (Dim Sum). I went as a child almost every weekend with my parents out to deem sum in Toronto, Canada until I was thoroughly tired of it. A couple of sporadic visits in later life did not prompt any passion for the cuisine, until I was convinced it was gone from my dietary repertoire.

However, a recent invitation from a good friend, Eugene L— prompted me to go up to San Francisco today to a Dim Sum Tweet up…my first ever. The restaurant, Yank Sing at the Ricon Center. I figured even if I didn’t care for the food, it would be great to catch up in person instead of just over Facebook…Twitter…Email….

There are two Yank Sing locations in San Francisco. We met up at the Ricon Center location. We were seated at a table in a courtyard area within the atrium just outside of the actual restaurant. The atrium was airy, surrounded by glass and soaring several stories high. A sculptural rainfall installment was a visual delight and also helped to cool down the building.

The first dish that arrived was the Honey-glazed baked sea bass which was some of the best I have ever tasted. It was tender, flaky and moist with a wonderful Hoisin-like honey glaze. It was so wonderful, later on in the meal, I ordered a second plate of it.

My second favorite dish was the Shanghai pork dumplings. I immigrated from Shanghai at a very young age and my mother would always tell me of the Shanghai pork dumplings she had in Shanghai and how no restaurant in Canada could ever compare. After tasting these dumplings, I could understand my mom’s reverence for this dish when done right. Each dumpling had a thin wrap and when you bit into one, a savory and flavorful broth is released. The pork is so preciously tender as well.

Of course classics such as Shrimp har gau dumplings were exceptionally well executed, but of lesser note as quite a number of Deem Sum restaurant make these well. The Shanghai pork dumplings are definitely the benchmark Deem Sum dish as they are very difficult to make.

The only dish I was not completely crazy about was the congee which came with preserved duck eggs and salty pork. It is another favorite dish of mine and I thought the broth was not as flavorful as I have had in Hong Kong.

Yank Sing’s moto is “Traditional & Contemporary Deem Sum”. I would contend that what they offer is “Timeless and Seductively Delicious Deem Sum” for that is what they serve. I walked out of the restaurant with a new revived love for Deem Sum and a yearning to return again. I will also need to make a note to try their custard tart next time which is my favorite Chinese dessert.

I am tempted to give them 5 out of 5 stars, but want to visit them again to be certain. If on my second visit their Deem Sum matches my glorious memories of the dishes from this visit, it will surely deserve a perfect score.

P.S. Thanks Eugene for the invite and having superb taste in Deem Sum. Claire, thanks for organizing, Clint and I enjoyed meeting you.

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  • Al Graichen

    Rincon sure has changed since I was there and my office overlooked the fountain. Many a good time was had watching tourists walk into the pool of water while watching the water &quot;fall&quot; from the sky. <br />
    <br />
    The Kung Pao Chicken atYank Sing will definitely turn on your taste buds…

  • Al Graichen

    Rincon sure has changed since I was there and my office overlooked the fountain. Many a good time was had watching tourists walk into the pool of water while watching the water “fall” from the sky.

    The Kung Pao Chicken atYank Sing will definitely turn on your taste buds…

  • Andrew

    Regarding the Pork Dumplings – was the broth inside of the dumplings kind of like a soup?<br />
    <br />
    I have recently been craving Soup Dumplings – dumplings that when you bite into them they release an awesomely delicious broth/soup deal that can burn your mouth if not careful.

  • Al Graichen

    Rincon sure has changed since I was there and my office overlooked the fountain. Many a good time was had watching tourists walk into the pool of water while watching the water “fall” from the sky.

    The Kung Pao Chicken atYank Sing will definitely turn on your taste buds…

  • Andrew

    Regarding the Pork Dumplings – was the broth inside of the dumplings kind of like a soup?

    I have recently been craving Soup Dumplings – dumplings that when you bite into them they release an awesomely delicious broth/soup deal that can burn your mouth if not careful.

    • Hi Andrew, The broth was inside the dumpling and when you bite into the Shanghai Dumplings a delicious broth is released.

      They are not as big as the Soup Dumplings that I think you are referring to. I saw an episode of Anthony Bourdain in China which featured the true Soup Dumpling which comes on its own and I too crave to try one of those one day.

      In the meantime, I think these Shanghai Pork Dumplings will live up to your expectations. Love to hear what you think when you try them out.

      Best,
      Loni

  • Claire Chang

    Hi Loni and Clint,
    So glad you were able to join us! Enjoyed reading your blog and look fwd to reading more on wine, travel, and food all of which I love!

    If you haven’t done so already, please join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=76203453459

    Thank again for joining us and hope to see you soon!
    Claire
    @clairesays
    #dimsumtweetup