Nice meal at Yuet Lee - Chinatown, SF
- Dave MP Oct 10, 2006 05:50 AM
Had a visit from a friend from Massachusetts this evening and got taken out for a nice meal at Yuet Lee. Now that I have done a search, it seems that Yuet Lee has lots of positive mentions on this board, but I had never heard of it before tonight.
The only table left when we got there was right by the door. It was a bit chilly but fine. We started with the Seafood and Tofu soup....mild broth, nice scallops, shrimp, squid and fish with nice large chunks of tofu. Served with soy/chili sauce which added some nice spice. I'm looking at the takeout menu now and don't see this soup on here. Hmm
We saw nice looking clams with black beans on the next table, so we got those too. Seemed like at least half of the tables had them. They were quite good, definitely up to par with every other version of this dish I've ever had. Clams themselves were tender and tasted fresh. Sauce maybe could have been slightly less goopy.
Also shared the flounder fillet with sweet greens. This was very good white sauce with tasty bok choi, carrots, a generous amount of boneless flounder, lots of ginger and lots of garlic. It hit the spot.
Overall a great meal, I'd definitely go back for more seafood. They're closed on Tuesdays, but open till 3 AM on all other days. Awesome. Any other good things to try here? Congee? Noodle soups?
That's about all for now,
My favourite dish here is the Salt and Pepper Shrimp. Heads on shrimp, crispy yummy shell and a soy/jalapeno garnish that brings the heat. Their noodles are also good, the thin ones, forget what they are called...
The clams are also a good choice, and the crab, when in season, is always very fresh. I can't think of a dish here I haven't enjoyed, although I am a far way from having ordered the entire menu.
Don't forget a cold beer.
I've been eating at Yuet Lee for nigh on 20 years (and I'm 34 years old). For a while, Yuet Lee was where my family ate our Thanksgiving meal (I'd much rather have steamed whole catfish than a dry flavorless turkey!).
I strongly agree with rabaja about the salt and pepper prawns. They're a must-have. I've tried them numerous other places, and no one matches Yuet Lee for the flavor, crispness, juiciness.
We always get a steamed whole fish (usually catfish, sometimes snapper), usually in black bean sauce. Over a bowl of rice it is divine.
I'm a fan of their beef with ginger and green onions.
Their staff, though seemingly brusque, can be quite friendly if you give them a chance. Allow them to make suggestions -- they've never steered us wrong.
My one rule at Yuet Lee is to stick to the seafood. The meat dishes were so consistently mediocre or bad that I gave up.