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Dim Sum for people who don't like seafood

Lila | Jul 5, 200507:27 PM

I love the idea of Dim Sum: small plates of food so you can try a variety of different dishes, the ability to see what you're getting before you order it, plus just the experience of food drifting by and having the option of reaching out, asking for it and eating it within seconds. The only issue is that I don't eat seafood or fish of any kind (I'm not allergic, but I just don't like it). I've been to four or five dim sum places around the bay area and Yank Sing is the only one I like (it's one of my favorite restaurants). With other dim sum places I've tried, there would only be 2 or 3 non-dessert items that I could even eat, and while I could see that my seafood-loving dining companions were enjoying themselves, the quality of the dishes I got was mediocre.

Yank Sing, on the other hand, offers a lot of terrific options for me. My favorite things to get there are the dumplings (Chicken Mushroom, Pork, or Shitake Mushroom). I like that often when I go there they'll have interesting specials that I can try. Other favorites include the Scallion Cakes and Peking-Duck-by-the-slice, as well as some standard items like Spring Rolls and Pork Buns.

I've read complaints about Yank Sing saying it's not "authentic" but that doesn't matter to me. I realize that just asking for non-seafood Dim Sum is kind of like asking for good vegetarian options at a steak house so maybe I'm missing the point... but I do find the whole Dim Sum experience very enjoyable when I can get the right dishes.

The problem I have with Yank Sing is that it's too expensive - but it's not just that the prices are high, I find the pricing to be confusing. No matter how little or how much we order, the bill is almost always between $40-50 for 2 people and sometimes more - even the last time I went there, when we only had 6 different items (though it's possible that some of the items were "double orders"?). The bill was of no help figuring out how much each item cost. I was really happy with the food itself and in no mood to argue about the bill but the confusion made me a little uncomfortable.

The other issue is that Yank Sing is far for us (we live in Mountain View). So ideally I'd like to find some place that:

1) has many good non-seafood dishes like Yank Sing
2) located in the South Bay or Peninsula
3) cheaper than Yank Sing

(but feel free to ignore #2 and #3 - I'd be curious to hear about any Dim Sum restaurant that has good non-seafood choices).



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