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Is Yank Sing going downhill?

Pia | Apr 18, 200404:51 AM

After over a year spent eating dimsum at less expensive or more convenient places (Harbour Village, Joy Luck, South Sea Seafood, Fook Yuen, and recently, Hong Kong Flower Lounge), we had a late lunch (1:30) at Yank Sing. I had been looking forward to this as I had fond memories of creative, delicately crafted morsels. Especially the steamed lobster dumplings.

Perhaps because it was a weekday, but the offerings seemed rather sparse on the ground. We ended up with shrimp and spinach dumplings, steamed spare ribs, lobster dumplings, kailan in oyster sauce, steamed sea bass dumplings, and an order of fried noodles with yellow chives and mushtooms. There may have been one other dimsum item, but I can't remember what it was.

The noodles ($9.95) were excellent, though the portion was half the size it would have been at most other good restaurants. What I do remember were the thick, gummy dumpling wrappers on the lobster, sea bass, and shrimp dumplings. Also the shrunken, dried out lobster filling. So sad! Three of us paid $75 for this, which stung even more since we had had an excellent dimsum lunch at HK Flower Lounge just 3 days earlier for the princely sum of $33.

Was I just unlucky? It was a Tuesday--did we get the chef's clumsy apprentice?

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