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Chowdown Report: Chinese New Year Banquet at Yum’s Bistro

Melanie Wong | Jan 27, 201110:56 PM

Yum’s Bistro in Fremont is featuring a Year of the Rabbit Banquet Menu (in Chinese only), $288 per table of 10,

and more Chinese New Year special dishes (bilingual menu)

Tonight a dozen ‘hounds gathered to chow down on the set menu, including

1. Combination appetizer: Seaweed salad, marinated jellyfish with daikon pickles, Japanese-style marinated baby octopi, mock roast goose, and char siu

2. Seafood & bamboo pith soup (and the lobster/kabocha dish were substitutes for the sharks fin combination soup on the set menu)

3. Fat choy (black moss) with dried oysters, dried scallops, roast pig, roasted garlic cloves, and lettuce

4. 100 blossom crispy bacon rolls filled with shrimp forcemeat

5. Sauteed scallops, oil duck (lop op), cloud ear fungi, snow peas, and celery

6. Crispy-skinned chicken stuffed with sticky rice ($20 surcharge to substitute for the concubine chicken on the set menu, 24-hour notice required)

7. Crab meat, pea shoots and oyster mushrooms

8. Clear steamed striped bass

9. Lobster sauteed with golden egg yolk and kabocha

10. Fried rice with taro and lop mei

11. Red bean soup with black sesame-filled mochi dumplings (tong yuen) and fresh lily bulbs

Priced at $308 per table of 10, this turned out to be generously proportioned and enough to feed 12 hungry chowhounds. I was surprised to see that the bill had not been grossed up by 20% to serve two additional people. I double-checked with the staff and found out that what we'd been served was the normal portion size and not increased for the additional diners, therefore, no change in price. One of the rare occasions when the food is excellent and the portions are BIG.

Let's hear from the chowhounds around the table about their favorite dishes, criticisms, and any other comments on the meal. I'm glad we had a chance to get together at the start of the lunar new year feasting season and recommend this menu when there's still time for others to try it.

Yum's Bistro
4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94555

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