Yank Sing, San Francisco

29 09 2010

Over a year later, the quest to find soup dumplings in Paris continues with no luck.  As such, it’s one of a short list of foods that Nick and I actively seek out when we’re in the States.  We took a very short trip to San Francisco (sorry we missed each other, Hungry Dog!) and on the agenda was dim sum.

my favorite Chinese food as a child.

Our all-too-willing friend Dave courteously escorted us to Yank Sing, home of some of San Francisco’s best dim sum, or so I’m told.  We sat down to lunch in the crowded dining room and immediately the carts started rolling by.  We picked up fried shrimp, shrimp and asparagus wrapped in bacon,

bacon wrapped?  Yes, please!

and steamed pork buns.

hom bao

Then we remembered why we had come.

Imagine the singing of an angelic choir...

The three of us started off with two baskets of the holy grail, xiaolongbao.  Most people will tell you that you have to eat these in stages – that you have to put it in your spoon, nibble a tiny hole in the side of the dumpling, sip out the soup, and finally eat the dumpling.  Well, while the suckers are going through all the rigmarole, I’ve already eaten three.  (The mouth burning is part of the fun, trust me.)

Soooouuuup dumpling!

I like them with a bit of vinegar, slivers of ginger, and a dab of chili oil.  But let me just say, that these dumpllings were some of the best I’ve ever had.  The skins were perfect – thin enough that you could see just how juicy they were inside, but thick enough to keep it together until the inevitable meeting with my teeth.  We happily slurped and gulped our way through four dumplings each.

Meanwhile, some ribs materialized on our table.

ribs, if you must

They were good, quite good.  But we didn’t want to waste any more tummy space.  We ordered two more baskets of soup dumplings, and then maybe some more, I’m not sure.  It gets fuzzy there for a little while, but I do remember that I didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day.

What’s that they used to say about Chinese food leaving you feeling hungry an hour later?  Apparently that doesn’t apply to dim sum.

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In other news, I spent the majority of my work day today hand-dipping chocolates.  (It’s not just an expresssion.)  It’s a time-consuming task that requires minimal brainpower, so my mind was free to wander and I fantasized about my luxury dinner party menu for the next Project Food Blog challenge.  It’s shaping up pretty nicely, if I do say so myself, but I have to make it to the next round first.  (Shameless plug time) You can help by voting for me.

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14 responses

29 09 2010
elenasc

I really love dim sum, I’m actually writing a post about it! Yummy!!!!

29 09 2010
Ann

I love Yank Sing, one of the (many) highlights of my winter trip to San Francisco! Multiple baskets of soup dumplings are a MUST!

29 09 2010
Celine

I spent an inordinate part of my childhood at Yank Sing. Once my dad walked straight through the fountain (at the Rincon location).

Next time, you guys have to try Ton Kiang — I can’t vouch for the soup dumplings, but their dim sum is, on the whole, better.

30 09 2010
hungry dog

Thanks for the shout out! And, I love Yank Sing. Their soup dumplings are the best. Their steamed pork buns are excellent too. The secret is that the dough is made with milk. How do I know that, you ask? Well, because I worked at Yank Sing for two years. Yes, I ate a lot of dim sum, almost every day! Had to go on a diet after that job.

30 09 2010
nererue

Yank Sing is one of my favorites too! Although generally we go for dim sum on the other side of the bay since it’s closer for the in-laws.

30 09 2010
Hannah

Voting has already taken place, m’dear! Apparently there’s some amazing soup dumpling places in Sydney, but I don’t know if I’d be able to find any in Canberra (I just wrote Paris accidentally… have I mentioned that I’m getting stupid itchy travelling feet again? :( )

30 09 2010
croquecamille

elenasc – I look forward to reading it!

Ann – Yes, they are. :)

Celine – I have to ask, “Why?” And thanks for the recommendation.

hungry dog – I bet! It’s always a good sign when you’ve worked in a place and still want to eat the food they serve. ;)

nererue – Luckily, there are so many good options in the Bay Area.

Hannah – Oh, dear! I hope that’s not something you have to get multiple surgeries for! :)

1 10 2010
Sam

I’ve never seen soup dumplings before, I’ll look out for them next time I go to a Chinese place, I hope it not just an American thing, I really want to try some!

4 10 2010
Life on Nanchang Lu

Hi Camille,
re PFB: a miscarriage of justice I say! Will you still write about your dinner? Would love to read about it!

Fiona

4 10 2010
croquecamille

Sam – The good news is that they are very much a Chinese specialty. The bad news is that they can be extremely hard to find outside of Shanghai, New York, and San Francisco.

Fiona – Aw, thanks! I still had my dinner party (I mean, it was already planned and shopped for and everything) but I took the opportunity NOT to document it. :) Instead, I just relaxed and enjoyed the food and the company. It was a pretty good consolation prize.

4 10 2010
Heather

oh my gosh, i’m DYING over here…that looks so amazing! want to send me some next time?! :)

5 10 2010
croquecamille

Heather – If you could send this stuff through the mail, I’d have already arranged for weekly deliveries. :)

6 10 2010
Kevin

Although I miss Yank Sing (and second the vote for Ton Kiang as being a bit better overall), I just had some xiao long bao this weekend. You can’t turn the corner without running into them in the San Gabriel Valley, so LA certainly has it’s share. Next trip, you guys can get in your fix both in LA and SF.

6 10 2010
croquecamille

Kevin – That is very good news!




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