We had a great dim sum gathering with CFox (and Mr. Fox) from Boston Saturday. There were a total of eight of us, and we got to sample a nice variety of dishes.
I took my jaded dim sum palate back to where this all began, but I was not disappointed.
I would still unhesitatingly recommend Yank Sing to anyone looking for a top-notch dim sum experience. It is expensive, though: lunch came to $32/person including tax and tip.
On our first trip we had skipped standard items for the specialties, but this time we did get several items off the list we've been using for the dim sum battles, so I was able to make a direct comparison.
Shiu Mai were delicious -- probably the best I've had
Har Gao were among the best
Egg custard tarts were spectacularly flakey and delicious
Taro dumplings had a nice filling and were perfectly fried, but the taro was a little bland
We had beef rice noodles instead of shrimp -- the noodles were melt-in-the-mouth tender without being the slightest bit gummy, and the sauce was well-balanced; with good-quality shrimp these would have been a best of type.
I wasn't taking notes, but some other things I remember:
Xiao long bao -- wrappers were tender and mine had soup; I didn't like the filling as much as some others though.
The famous pea-leaf dumplings are a must and I love the minced chicken in lettuce cups.
We also had some adorable fish dumplings that looked like little fish, some huge lobster dumplings (and fried lobster dumplings as well) that I didn't try but that disappeared rapidly. Okay, everything disappeared rapidly -- we fell on the food like a pack of rabid dogs, and just when we were settling back to the nibbling and talking stage, weipanlan arrived late and we had to fill the table back up again [vbg].
BTW, there was one item that was a miss on both visits: the steamed vegetarian dumplings in the spinach-green wrapper (the look more like spinach tortolloni than Chinese dumplings). Tough and bland -- skip them.
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