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Return to the Bay Area - Yummy Yummy

chibi | Mar 20, 200304:59 AM

While in the Bay Area, I also had the chance to stop into Yummy Yummy for lunch. I used to eat lunch there at least once a week when I worked in the neighborhood, so I got to know the menu pretty thoroughly. It was always fast and efficient, if not the most refined or authentic Vietnamese food I've had in the Bay Area (not that I know all that much about it). Still, it was good enough that I ate there all the time and didn't get tired of it. This time, I ordered the vietnamese potstickers (meatballs coated in cooked rice and deepfried) and pho dac biet. Immediately, I noticed some changes. The potstickers were slightly larger than before, and the filling not so peppery than before. The rice was not as crunchy and even bordered on being greasy. The soup for the pho was distinctly heavy on the cinnamon than before, whereas it used to be clear and sweet, without any one seasoning making more noise than the others. The accompanying bean sprouts were blanched, which they never were before, so I'm pretty sure there has been some change in the kitchen. The menu hasn't changed (although they have replaced them with shiny new ones) so perhaps someone is still getting settled. It's not that the food was particularly bad, but I found myself disappointed that it wasn't what I'd had all those times, and had waited so long to eat again. I only had time for a brief chat with the waitress, and we had other news to catch up on, so I didn't get the chance to ask her what was up.

Another mild disappointment was had at dimsum at Harbor Village. We used to go quite frequently, in fact, it was one of the only places we would go because it was one of the few places where I could imagine the food being served in a restaurant in Hong Kong. We always went at 11am, when you were assured of getting a good seat, but enough carts were out that you could get a good selection but the dimsum were still fresh. It was always good, really consistent, the dimsum hot and cooked just right. This time, things didn't work out so we ended up going at 1, and we were quite disappointed. Overcooked wrappers on the hargow (one of the reasons we went all the time was that we could count on the fingers of one hand the number of overcooked dimsum we've eaten there in I don't know how many visits). No gow choy gow available at that late hour (my favorite), bland pork spareribs, greasy taro balls, tasteless sun juk guen (beancurd sheet rolls). It was about as good as Parc Hong Kong on a good day, I thought, but not something I'd ever want to eat again. I have to confess that I am unreasonably picky about dimsum, have grown up eating it in Hong Kong, so I may be being too harsh. Also, we went to Hong Kong quite recently, so I've gotten recalibrated.

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