Scene: Birthday party at Yank Sing, 10 people, all knowlegeable/fussy re. dim sum, happy, festive mood. On Sunday, the place was bustling, inside and out. We were especially excited to have been invited because instead of just the usual 2 or 4 or us, we'd be able to order and eat way more -- and boy, did we!
The carts came fast and furious. I won't go into full details, but I recall the highlights: nearly all the dumplings were right on, with the appropriate skin ply (?) and contents, but most notable - the lobster dumpling was superb, the crab dumpling was superb! The usual suspects (ha gow, sui mai, sharks fin, pea sprouts, bean curd rolls) were all in the A category. The fried items (spring rolls, crab claws, shrimp rolls) were fried to perfection, crisp and greaseless. The steamed spareribs were choice morsels, not a mishmash of bony pork bits some places offer up, but the tripe wasn't the best I've encountered, but nevertheless tasty, just wasn't "pretty." A first for me, onion cakes/rolls were tasty coils even though I didn't make use of the accompanying peanut butter-like sauce. Shrimp-scallion-bacon tidbits went over well with the group, as did the xlb, leaf-wrapped sticky rice and taro balls. How many items did I leave out?
Clunkers: the avocado thing(just doesn't work) and the soft-shelled crab (too-thick batter, tasteless). YS has the finest dessert carts: the cute orange (jello) slices, custard tarts, green tea and mango puddings, fruit salad, the sensational mango and almond ice creams (looked like cheesecake slices, so good!) plus more.
The service was perfect, plate changes frequently, tea refills, water, whatever you need, they're there, and nice about it.
But I remain true to TK, as well!! Too!
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