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Indy 67 | Jan 20, 2014 06:00 AM

My husband and I had a dim sum lunch at Yummy House (N. Tamiami Trail) on Saturday with some hits and misses. Specifically, the shu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings), the Chinese broccoli and the crispy salt and pepper calamari were the best offerings. The shu mai filling was flavorful and the dough wrapper was impressively thin and tender. The Chinese broccoli was dressed with a sauce that was one of the best versions of the dish that I've tasted. The calamari itself -- cut in strips -- wasn't the most tender calamari I've eaten but it was far from the chewiest. The frying was competently done with no grease and the "pepper" in the title was red chili pepper flakes for a zestier version than is typical of the dish.

I liked the large flat rice noodle rectangles wrapped around shrimp and served with bok choi, but my husband isn't a fan of rice noodles with their slightly gummy consistency. The shrimp inside were well cooked. The Shanghai pork and ginger noodles (AKA Soup Dumplings/Xao Long Bao) had a nice filling and the requisite soup squirted out when we bit into it. Unfortunately, the dough was thicker and tougher than it should be -- weird considering the quality of the shu mai dough.

We arrived about 1:15 and the restaurant ends its lunch service at 2:30 PM. At first, two carts were still circulating but after a while the cart with the dumplings stopped coming around. We sill wanted the shrimp dish and calamari described above so we asked a waiter. He had the kitchen prepare an order. I don't know if we were charged extra for two special-order dishes. There was a notation on the bill that two dishes were prepared in the kitchen and the price for those two dishes was higher than that the other dishes, but this may have been a coincidence because both were seafood dishes.

On the strength of the good dishes, we would certainly go back again for dim sum and, probably, a non-dim sum meal.

Does anyone have a specific recommendation for a dish at Yummy House?

Does anyone have a recommendation for another Chinese restaurant in Sarasota? Hole in the wall places with great food are just as acceptable as higher end places.

Thanks.

Yummy House China Bistro Sarasota
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