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Jai Yun--better than ever


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Jai Yun--better than ever

Millicent | Jan 7, 2004 06:41 PM

Because I am susceptible to guilt and pressure on behalf of the community, I am starting a thread describing a recent dinner at Jai Yun that was attended by six other regular readers of this board who really better chime in with some details....

Anyway, we decided to go for the $80/pp menu so that Limster, visiting from Boston, could experience the full wonderfulness of this place, and the rest of us could enjoy even more. (To catch up readers who may not be familiar with Jai Yun, the regular m.o. is to select a price per person and then wait to see what the chef sends out. It's a parade of delights: 8-10 cold appetizers, followed by another 8-10 hot courses of seafood, vegetables and meat.)

The new-to-us standout appetizer was a dish of baby snails that came unadorned and rolling around on the plate. They were marvels of textural contrast: a thin shell giving way to chewy, salty goodness within. Other hits--not that there were any misses, but I can only remember so much--were perfectly cooked abalone with egg whites, a spicy, charred eggplant dish, braised eel coiled back on itself with a sliver of maraschino cherry for its tongue, perfect little matchsticks of tofu and vegetables, a whole fried fish (squirrelfish, no doubt!) that was a great mix of crispy and sweet, spicy dry-fried beef, and a dessert of fried banana that we had to dunk in cold water right away to cool down the caramel.

So, it was a great treat, and my fellow dining companions should please add their impressions, because I've really only touched on a fraction of the dishes.


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