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Yang's - A surprisingly inconsistent and disappointing Thanks Giving Dinner??!!

Charles Yu | Oct 15, 201301:11 PM

With some of GTA's best Dim Sum offerings and dinner menu featuring a number of award winning dishes, for the past few years, Yang's has become a go-to Chinese gastronomic institution for most foodies.

As such, when potential venue for a major family gathering dinner on Thanks Giving day was being discussed, Yang's easily came out ahead.

Unfortunately, the outcome of the dinner ended up in a relatively disappointing affair!!

Whilst some notable favorites like 'Wok seared Filet Mignon with Teriyaki sauce', 'Rose essence infused top soya poached free range chicken', 'Stirred fry pea-shoot with diced mixed Chinese wind dried preserved meats' were still delicious and well executed.
Others, including some well accepted and popular dishes, somehow fell way short??!! These included a $75 steamed live Black Goddess Garoupa that tasted ultra-muddy!! Not much different from a cheap Tilapia! This species of 'ocean' fish is supposed to taste delicate and sweet! What happened?!!
Next came the ' Stirred fry Singapore style rice vermicelli ', which I have previously raved about. Again, disaster sets in resulting in the dish being too salty and full of grainy curry powder texture. Lacking also the per-requisite smokey wok-hay aroma and taste, this dish was another big flop.
A braised beef brisket hot pot was mediocre tasting and under-seasoned. Not to mentioned way over-priced.
Last but not least, on the recommendation of our server, we ordered a plate of their daily special 'Roast Suckling Piglet'. Sigh!! Another flop! Half of the skin tasted chewy instead of the usual ultra crispy! This either reflects the responsible chef's lack of skill or the piglet had been left in the cold for too long resulting in the skin absorbing up moisture?! Either way, for Roast suckling piglet, I think I'll stick with Casa Victoria!

Was this inconsistency due to the heavy 'Thanks Giving dining crowd or had the kitchen undergone changes since my last visit? Who knows? Meanwhile, time to search for another 'reliable and stable canteen'!!

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