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Tribal Rites and More Dim Sum at Yank Sing

Melanie Wong | Sep 18, 200204:03 AM

If you had lunch at Yank Sing’s Rincon Center location on Saturday, you may have witnessed my mother’s extended family, 200 of us in the courtyard, welcoming the newest baby to our clan. A traditional dance troupe performed as a trio of lions to give young Justin a good start in life.

The highlights of the buffet lunch were the mushroom fun gwor – the half-moon shaped wrappers were translucent and chewy and the filling was full-flavored; xiao long bao with a big squirt of soup and soft-textured gingery-pork filling; chicken salad with lots of crunchy things; eggrolls – surprisingly light, delicately crisp and just plain tasty; scallop dumplings with a whole sweet scallop center; Yangzhou fried rice; and custard tarts with a very flaky crust. Missing the mark were the goldfish-shaped dumpling with too thick of a wrapper; mini steamed pork buns looked beautiful but the filling was too dry and tough; minced squab and pinenuts in lettuce cups was a bit tired; the whole roast pig was tasty but the skin was not as crackly as the best; and sesame balls – good crisp exterior but too heavy.

A word about the space for those looking for banquet and reception facilities – it was nice to have so much room to visit and circulate and for the kids to play and run around. The water fountain feature is a nice touch but some of the tables were in the line of spray. Ryan, Justin’s two-year old older brother, took his shoes off and it was hard to keep him out of the fountain! Every sound echoes on the many hard surfaces and it was not easy to carry on conversations across the table.


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