2015

Yank Sing, San Francisco

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Yank Sing

49 Stevenson St (Near Ecker)

San Francisco, CA 94105

415-541-4949

Yank Sing Website

Best xiao long bao steamed dumpings in San Francisco?

Yank Sing San Francisco Exterior Decor

Yank Sing San Francisco interior

Yank Sing Rincon Center

How does San Francisco’s famous Yank Sing compare to the world’s best Dim Sum restaurants or nearby Chinese Restaurants?

Since 1958, Yank Sing has been specializing in Chinese Dim Sum. Many folks have exclaimed that this is their favorite Chinese restaurant, so it was time to come back. Make reservations or be prepared to wait.

They now have 2 locations, both in the San Francisco Financial District. We visited the smaller Stevenson street location, situated in an alley just off 2nd street. This location has fewer items, but is known for rapid fire service. Yank Sing is known for quality dim sum with very nice service, at high prices. Our last visit was in May 2015 to the Rincon center location.

Be sure to read our Introduction to Chinese Dim Sum.

Yank Sing Decor, Vibe – Clean modern room that filled up rapidly after the doors opened. The Rincon center location is a lot bigger and nicer.

Yank Sing San Francisco dim sum cart

Dim Sum Carts roaming the room all the time. This location is small, the Spear street location is huge. Try to sit inside near the kitchen. 75% of the folks were non Asians with a blend of families and tourists. Great to see non Asians eating Chinese food.

Yank Sing Menu

Website Yank Sing Menu – Incredibly high prices especially for things like Sesame balls that should be cheap. $2 per person for hot tea.

Pretty standard Chinese dim sum with some dishes you only see at dinner time.

Yank Sing Food Picks:

Yank Sing San Francisco seafood dumplings

Seafood Basil dumplings ($5.95) were topped with fish Roe in proved to be pretty solid.

Yank Sing San Francisco pot stickers

Pork Stickers ($10.70 for 6) are a favorite and done well here. Very crispy bottoms.

Yank Sing San Francisco roast pork rice noodles

Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls ($8.90) were a solid version of the classic. Smaller shrimp that we expected. The BBQ pork version was also decent.

Yank Sing San Francisco deep fried pork dumplings

Yank Sing San Francisco steamed pork dumplings xiao long bao

Shanghai Kurobuta Pork Dumpling ($14 for 6) was pretty expensive, yet a dish everyone gets. They are constantly refilling the cart with fresh batches of these. Nice tasty soup inside along with a fairly thin wrapper. Their minced Kurobuta Pork has a strong unbalanced flavor to it. Surprisingly, this is one of the better versions in the San Francisco Bay Area and probably best in San Francisco. Din Tai Fung has some of the best ones in North America. #1 for us in is Din Tai Fung Taipei 101.

Yank Sing San Francisco lotus wrapped glutinous rice

Stuffed Lotus Leaf ($5.95 for 1) with glutinous rice was pretty big and full of tasty pork, shrimp, and other goodies. A bit light on flavor.

Deep Fried Pork Dumpling ($10.70 for 4) was pretty warm and full of meat filling. Greasy but well done. This is way too expensive, it should cost half this.

Chicken feet ($5.35) probably doesn’t get ordered very much here. We give them an E for effort. Decent, but not stellar.

Yank Sing San Francisco Chinese broccoli

Chinese Broccoli or Gai Lan ($7.15) was chilled, a bit of a shock to us. A must for vegetarians. Definitely ask them to omit the oyster sauce.

Yank Sing San Francisco siu mai dumplings

Scallop Siu Mai ($5.95 for 3) Dumplings were good, probably better than the shrimp dumplings.

Yank Sing San Francisco Sesame balls

Sesame Ball ($11.70 for 4) was ridiculously expensive but fresh and hot out of the fryer. They should cost $3. In 2015, these were more dark beige in color. No gold inside!

Yank Sing San Francisco egg custard tarts

Egg Custard Tart ($11.70 for 4) was expensive but a pretty good, and sweeter than usual dessert. Big pieces of crust and delicious custard. Golden Gate Bakery on Grant Avenue has nothing to worry about.

Yank Sing San Francisco mango ice cream pie

Mango ice cream pie ($8.90) was surprisingly Very Good. Not exactly Chinese, but if you like mango ice cream, save some room and order it.

Yank Sing Food OK:

Shrimp Dumpling ($7.15 for 4) was chock full of shrimp and had a nice thin wrapper. Pretty tiny. The shrimp were smashed together, and the quality of them was not very high.

Steamed Pork Buns ($5.35 for 2) were hot and filled with pork inside. Not as good as Hang Ah as the bun was to thick.

Yank Sing San Francisco sea bass

Honey Baked Seabass ($20.55) was a big chunk of well cooked fish normally served at dinner. Tasty but R&G Lounge does this far better. A nice dinner dish that many folks never get to try.

Peking duck ($6.55) by the slice is a cool little personal dish. The duck and bun were not that hot and flavors were average. They even left a piece of bone on the meat. A nice accessible dish for newbies. Beware that the peking duck was sitting around for a while in the cart.

Pans:

 

Black Bean Spare Ribs ($5.35) had a minimal amount of black beans. (If any) Pretty greasy and average.

Honey Glazed Walnut salad ($11.70) was shuttled around the room and looked too fusiony. Just say no.

Service was better than almost all Chinese restaurants in the San Francisco Area, with people patrolling all the time. It was pretty clear that they train the waiters and bus boys to be extra nice and polite. A Chinese restaurant with actual pleasant service? Keep in mind that the best restaurants in the Asia, like 3 Michelin star Lung King Heen in Hong Kong, all have top-notch service! Service is just not a priority here.

Yank Sing delivers a wide range of classic dim sum dishes as well as some items that normally are served at dinner time like the sea bass, Peking duck, or minced squab in lettuce cups. Be sure to not just order off the carts. Waiters can fetch steaming hot items for you too.

Clearly the prices are 2-3 times more than other places. Yank Sing is worth it if you like decent dim sum in a clean Western setting with lots of pleasant English speaking servers. It is no wonder that this place is so popular. Another place with service a couple notches lower, would be Cityview in San Francisco. We would rate the food quality below places on the Peninsula like Koi Palace, Asian Pearl Peninsula. The Steamed dumplings are an exception to this. If you like this restaurant, continue your food journey at one of these dim sum places.

Yank Sing Rincon Center
1 Rincon Center
101 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-781-1111

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Yank Sing Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Average)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Mon-Fri 11am - 3pm, Sat-Sun, Holidays 10am - 4pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$4.35 - $16.75
Posted on June 21st, 2015
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