A few months ago, I went to San Francisco with some friends. We stayed at Hotel Vitale near the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building. Right across the street was one of the Yank Sing locations. I love dim sum, but hardly get to eat it since we don’t have a dim sum restaurant in Hilo. I had never been to Yank Sing before but have heard about it since everyone raves about the food there.
There was a little bit of a wait before we could get a seat at the table so we ordered a refreshment and took yet another group photo. Dim sum-style meals are awesome for this group since we like to share everything anyway. Xiao long bao (steamed soup dumplings)–I have never had this before. Soup in a dumpling? Wow! There is a mouthful of delicate broth in this dumpling.Pork Siu Mye – Hand-chopped shrimp with pork, shiitake mushrooms filling hand-wrapped in fresh pasta skin and hand-formed into a fluted ‘basket.’ I really liked this.Mandarin Dumplings w/Chives – A fresh herb filling of hand-chopped, chives, cilantro, and shrimp stuffed in translucent ‘three-cornered-hat’ dumplings.Stuffed Mushrooms–Pork, chives, and other yummy fillings. My mouth is watering as I look at the picture of the stuffed mushrooms. Spinach Dumpling–Fresh vegetable filling of hand-chopped spinach, water chestnuts, carrots, shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, in a natural chive juice colored dumpling.
Steamed Pork Buns – Warm fluffy buns stuffed with nuggets of honey-glazed BBQ pork. Meat and bread? Yes, please.Peking Duck – A Yank Sing Signature dish, house-roasted Peking Duck served as a dim sum appetizer, Crispy paper thin honey-coated skin and tender slices of succulent meat stuffed in a steamed seashell bun, accompanied with finely slivered scallions and smears of tangy hoisin sauce.Fried Salt and Pepper Sea Bass–Light, flaky, and tasty. Not oily and heavy. I loved it.
I love dim sum. I have been to Chinatown in San Francisco and have had some great dim sum there in a hole-in-the-wall place but if you are looking for a dim sum restaurant in a convenient location near the waterfront, this is the place to go.