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Cheap Eats: Return to Yee’s

Melanie Wong | Apr 17, 200309:02 PM

Per Han’s request, here’s something in the Cheap Eats category. On tax day, I was feeling extremely impoverished after mailing my return and check to the IRS. I stopped by Yee’s on the way home for something inexpensive and tasty. It was 5pm, later than my first visit, and the table of ready-made plates was pretty much picked over and was not replenished at the end of “tea time”. So no pig’s knuckles for me, instead it was a chance to try the soy sauce poached chicken, which was very good with a complex seasoning, smooth and moist flesh and firm skin. I also ordered a couple things from the $2 menu available from 3:00-5:30pm, a plate of fried squid and sui gow (water dumpling) soup. The fried squid looked like pommes soufflés in wedge shapes with a greaseless light golden-brown batter puffed up around thick slices of giant squid. These were delicious with a little chili sauce, but like all fried things, were not as interesting once cooled off. The bowl of sui gow had 10 dumplings filled with lean pork and chives, some chopped scallions and blanched iceberg lettuce floating on top, and a thin broth that lacked distinction. I wouldn’t order this soup again, but at $2, I didn’t feel ripped off. Leaving a buck for a tip, total bill was $7.50, and I had a chicken drumstick leftover for lunch the next day.

P.S. Han, check out the Jakarta thread on the International board.


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