So today I dropped in to an old favorite I've been going to for years. Actually, the former location on Battery is the one I enjoyed dining at most back in the days, but since that one shuttered, I've frequented the Stevenson Street and Rincon Center sites. Yes, the dim sum is pricier than many other spots serving this Cantonese form of communal small plates, but I'm always left full and satisfied with the cuisine, quality, and the professional service. On any given visit, you can find over 60 various types of dim sum made and served fresh daily. Upon arrival at your table, order a pot of hot jasmine tea and prepare your own dipping concoction with a small spoonful of hot mustard, chili paste, and a splash of soy sauce.
Shanghai Dumplings w/ minced Kurobuta pork, ginger, scallions
This visit to Yank Sing was with my dear friend Michele who surprisingly had never been there before. It was a shocker since this woman is a Bay Area native who knows the local dining scene like Idaho knows Potatoes. I suggested it, due to the fact that we both delight in trying a multitide of flavors and dishes, and I needed my SoMa San Francisco dim sum fix. From fried to steamed, barbecued pork to vegetarian, it was all on our table. The Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms (pictured above) are always stamped on my dim sum order along with the Red Cabbage Salad with jicama and candied walnuts. If you are a dim sum newbie, don't get overwhelmed when the rolling carts of food arrive at the table. Start off with a few dishes, and keep in mind that the others you have your eye on will come back around. It's better to indulge in fresh dim sum while hot and steamy, rather than cold and dried out from sitting on the table too long.
Rice-flour Sesame Balls w/sweet yellow bean puree
Make sure to save some room for dessert. If you prefer sweets on the lighter side, opt for the silky, refreshing Mango pudding. Served chilled, you can request a layer of condensed milk on top (which I highly recommend). If you have strategically managed to save more room in the stomach after the savories, the Sesame balls (above) and the sweet Egg Custard Tarts are a great way to top off the dim sum experience.
(between Howard St & Mission St)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(at Ecker Pl)
San Francisco, CA 94105
i love yank sing!
Hi Mika. I really like your blog. I am happy you mentioned that cabbage salad. It is my favorite thing at Yank Sing. I know that slanted door also does a version of it too.
Mika, you are such an amazing writer…Eddie recently took me to the rincon location, but we weren’t “strategic” so no dessert. will try your suggestions next time. keep up the great work and info Mika….
Thanks, E.G.! That salad is always so refreshing and a great choice to pair with the fried items. It’s also quite easy to make at home. All my vegetarian friends go crazy for it.
Hi Gina! Thanks so much. Let’s meet up at Yank Sing soon so I can walk you through my favorites. I will make sure we save room for there wonderful desserts.