Yan Yan Seafood Restaurant
2241 Judah Street
(between 27th Ave & 28th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Mon-Sat 11 am - 9:30 pm
Sun 5 pm - 9:30 pm
Friends of a fellow chowhound feast here regularly in a group of 30 - that's three tables of 10 - ordering 17 dishes per table. That was enough to pique my interest.
On a Thursday evening we found parking directly across the street from Yan Yan Seafood Restaurant and four of us ordered four dishes, declaring each dish our favorites and promising ourselves to return and order each dish again.
Steamed egg with clams
Golden Fried Crab is salted egg fried pumpkin and crab
We witnessed a constant parade from the kitchen of crisp, mahogany-hued squab to every table all evening - tenderly succulent and richly meaty - $8.95 each. 1/2 squab per person is ample for any appetite.
Steamed egg with clams is a dish I order at Gold Medal in Oakland; it's not on this menu but our request was granted and it's even better than the Gold Medal prep; delicate as a Japanese chawan mushi with its silken egg custard and whole clams.
The steamed flounder lifted easily from its bone, garnished with finely shredded ginger and green onion in a wine-scented broth to be devoured.
Lastly, the crab and pumpkin were perfectly fried in a salted egg batter that is finger licking good and not even a tiny morsel remained on the platter.
It is our challenge to sample new dishes while returning to enjoy these favorites.
Complimentary cold chicken feet/Lo Shui are a starter with complimentary desserts at the end: mango pudding, black sesame soup, turtle jello with a sweet ginger syrup, and green bean pudding.