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Y. Ben House music to my ears

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Y. Ben House music to my ears

Bryan Harrell | Jul 11, 2003 09:25 PM

No, it's not the name of style of music, it's a popular Dim Sum palace that offers excellent value. After coffee in North Beach this morning, I walked over alone for breakfast. Two medium plates and I was full, and the bill was $4.60. The pot of tea was free.

The steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gow) had slightly gelatinous wrappers, but contained huge shrimp of good quality. Four pingpong-ball sized babies were in the basket. The soymilk skin rolls (didn't get the name), stuffed with ground pork and minced vegetables, were a little sloppily assembled, but the flavors were rich and savory. At least four rolls, I forgot to count, but a hearty portion.

Overall, quite satisfying for a $5 breakfast.
Plus, the environment is totally cool, lots of families and senior citizens. The place was packed at 9 a.m.
After an update recon visit to the nearby Ocean Pearl on Broadway (one of my favorite price-buster places) for comparison, I'll likely be back.

Thanks to Gary Soup for this tip.

Y. Ben House
835 Pacific, SF
Be prepared to wait in line.

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