Dear Ontario chowhounder's, thank you to all those who wrote so affectionately about Yang's.
We all know know that good food often comes at a price beyond one's wallet. Our first stop driving from Cleveland was 40 minutes PAST Toronto, while driving through a snowstorm.
I was worried. People are so passionate about dim sum and the "standards" seem to always being floating in and out of fashion. It was tough making a decision.
We decided on Yang's in Richmond Hill, ONTARIO. This section of Ontario reminded us of the long stretch of asian stores/restaurants in Atlanta on Buford Highway.
Anyway, we walked inside and my first thought was "this place is too nice to have good dim sum." Place simple, elegant, almost bordering on a japanese sensibility.
Tea was EXCEPTIONAL.
We were there at the end of lunch and happy to know that there menu is menu driven and not cart driven. (every dish, whether fried, steamed, or back, was made to order)
The food was not greasy and HEAVY, or overly garlicky/soy-based to cover lack of quality ingredients.
steamed meatballs with mince veggies were absolutely succulent with a touch of PINK in the middle. (whoa)
neck bones braised with PUMPKIN (wtf?....I never even heard of anything like that) the meet was moist, tender, and taste was PURE. The pumpkin melted in your mouth and complimented the meat perfectly.
turnip cake, the test of any good place. Crisp on the outside and tender turnip on the outside. Places of lesser quality often skimp on the turnip and load up on the rice flour. FANTASTIC!
beef tendon was tender, but not mushy and too garlicky. I don't mind garlic, but someone really cares in the back to make sure the main ingredients have the spotlight
ordered a mochi peanut dessert that was light but very flavorful. Usually these desserts are all mochi and little filling. Dude, seriously....this place may have been my favorite dim sum experience outside of asia and very much my style.
RATING: a triple (not standing but an easy slide)
p.s. Had the oysters not have a heavy breading on them and been more plump, like the Siam Cafe', I would have given this place a HOME RUM, but they were expensive and praised effusively.
p.p.s. They had three foie gras selections; all sold out due to New Year's Eve. *F*