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Y & Y Vietnamese Deli on Clement

mariacarmen Mar 21, 2010 08:35 PM

Anyone ever been here before? I tried doing a search and nothing came up. Just happened by, little hole-in-the-wall, two tables with stools at the window, just inside the New May Cheong Co. market. We tried the meatball banh mi, and the thit nuong cuong (bbq pork rolls). The rolls were outstanding. The pork in them is not actually bbq'd, nor grilled, but is pan fried to order, and somehow it achieved a good smoky flavor as if it had been grilled. Delicious. I really want to try the "BBQ'd" pork bahn mi now. The banh mi xiu mai was good, although a could have used a tiny bit more flavor - maybe not enough of the rice vinegar sauce they pour on top at the end, or it appeared the veggies had not marinated in that sauce at all. But the bread was EXCELLENT - although not typical of Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches at any of the places I've tried in Little Saigon in Southern California, or even here, it was toasted and served hot, roughly crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I thought that the very sweet woman cooking told us they get the bread from Bakers of Paris in Daly City, but a search turned up bakeries by that name in Brisbane and San Francisco - it was Paris something. Anyway. Y&Y had maybe 9 other kinds of banh mi, and a variety of pho, bun, rice dishes, special snacks, desserts and beverages. Definitely worth checking out.

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  1. c oliver RE: mariacarmen Mar 21, 2010 08:51 PM

    Do you think this is their menu? We walked by a Vietnamese place right about there. Didn't eat there but want to in the future.

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      mariacarmen RE: c oliver Mar 21, 2010 10:13 PM

      Do i think what is their menu? Did you mean to attach something?

      Hey, wait - that link on my original post - that's wrong! I didn't link to that. i was referring to "little Saigon" - a neighborhood in Westminster, CA, not a Berkeley restaurant. The deli i went to today was in the Richmond, on Clement Street, in San Francisco . . . grrr. . . that's an annoying little feature!

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        c oliver RE: mariacarmen Mar 21, 2010 10:18 PM

        I included a photo of a menu at a banh mi place on Clement.

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          mariacarmen RE: c oliver Mar 22, 2010 12:57 AM

          oh i'm sorry, i can't see that . . . i have been having trouble with CH lately on my computer for some reason . . . i still can't see a link to your picture. but thanks! actually, the menu was posted on Yelp but it's kind of hard to read. http://www.yelp.com/biz/y-and-y-vietn...
          like the sixth post down.

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            Cynsa RE: mariacarmen Mar 22, 2010 01:07 AM

            Y & Y Vietnamese Deli
            661 Clement Street
            San Francisco, CA 94118
            tel. 415.221.5722
            open daily 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

            I'm counting 118 items on the menu - including Party Trays. I like that the banh Mi is always toasty hot and always good.

            Y & Y Vietnamese Deli
            661 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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              gordon wing RE: Cynsa Dec 25, 2010 06:44 AM

              I stopped by yesterday and ordered a no. 1 bahn mi - dac biet ( combination ) $3.50 - yes, the bread is nicely toasted and it is more of a french bagette rather than the more common rice flour/lighter texture Vietnamese roll. But it still works because there is a generous amount of filling. Tasty Sandwich.

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      chipman RE: mariacarmen Mar 22, 2010 04:51 AM

      That would be Bakers Of Paris in Brisbane.

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        Laura2 RE: mariacarmen Nov 10, 2010 03:10 PM

        Yes, I live a couple of blocks away and go there often. The sandwiches are very good (although I've only had the bbq pork because I love that one) and you can't beat the price. And, yes, the bread is delicious and is probably local Bakers of Paris. A few months ago I drove over to Saigon in the Tenderloin because I heard their banh mi was the best, but I think Y & Y is equally as good.

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          mariacarmen RE: Laura2 Nov 10, 2010 08:50 PM

          i agree.

        2. c oliver RE: mariacarmen Dec 22, 2010 03:59 PM

          Has anyone had the pho? We're going to be staying pretty close to there next week so it's awfully easy to just hang out in the Inner Richmond.

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            bigwheel042 RE: c oliver Dec 22, 2010 04:23 PM

            Haven't, but have wondered about that bun rieu. I have a hunch that the owners of Yummy Yummy in the Sunset are also related to Y&Y, so maybe the soups at both places are similar?

            In any case there are quite a few decent pho places on that stretch...I think Pho Clement and Cali Pho Nia are solid enough.

            Yummy Yummy
            1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

            Cali Pho Nia
            1000 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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              c oliver RE: bigwheel042 Dec 22, 2010 04:31 PM

              Terrific! Thanks. This is our second year in a row where we've done a house exchange in Presidio Heights. While the 1 Calif. is SO convenient, Clement is so easy and good.

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                Cynsa RE: c oliver Dec 23, 2010 12:13 PM

                - add Little Vietnam Cafe on 6th Ave. to your banh mi crawl on Clement Street - $4 for a larger banh mi — the pho, spring rolls and rice plates are winners, too. I especially like the sweet potato spring rolls - a special request from Buddhist nuns, and now enjoyed by us, too.

                Little Vietnam Cafe
                309 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                  c oliver RE: Cynsa Dec 23, 2010 01:15 PM

                  Thanks. Will do.

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                    vulber RE: c oliver Dec 23, 2010 01:33 PM

                    I don't think they have pho, but another great choice for VIetnamese in the area is Mai's. Excellent bo tai chanh

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                      Cynsa RE: vulber Dec 24, 2010 11:09 AM

                      at Little Vietnam Cafe:
                      Pho Ga -chicken and rice noodle soup
                      Pho Tai Nem-beef noodle soup with rare steak and well done flank
                      Pho Bo Vien-beef noodle soup with beef meatballs
                      Pho Dac Biet-beef noodle soup with rare steak, well done flank, brisket and beef meatballs

                      I like the Bun Rieu, crab with tomato broth.

                      Little Vietnam Cafe
                      309 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                        c oliver RE: Cynsa Dec 27, 2010 02:52 PM

                        Had pho at Little Vietnam Cafe today. Not sure which beef one we had. It had rare and well done and then what appeared to be beef "sausage." It was great. Thanks for the rec.

                        Little Vietnam Cafe
                        309 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                          Cynsa RE: c oliver Dec 27, 2010 03:10 PM

                          it's a friendly tiny place - so glad you found it. ;^)

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                            c oliver RE: Cynsa Dec 27, 2010 04:07 PM

                            Definitely. And they really do the business which always pleases me.

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                sfbing RE: bigwheel042 Dec 31, 2010 11:40 PM

                I think that Y&Y is an offshoot of Irving Cafe and Deli. The woman who cooks at Y&Y used to be a banh mi apprentice at Irving Cafe and Deli, hence the Bakers of Paris bread and very similar menu. Sandwiches and cha gio are as good as Irving, but the banh cuon aren't as good.

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                  bigwheel042 RE: sfbing Sep 6, 2011 10:00 PM

                  So I have been wondering about this question for awhile now: Who was right about who owned Y and Y, me, or sfbing? Was it related to Irving Cafe and Deli? I did seem to remember seeing that woman from Y and Y there too. Or were the takeout menus for Yummy Yummy no coincidence?

                  Well, as of this afternoon I have my answer. Mystery solved.

                  The one who is right is....<drumroll please>

                  Both of us! All three places are owned by the same family. Presumably the Excelsior Irving Cafe location is also part of their sandwich empire, but I forgot to ask during the conversation I had with the folks at Irving Cafe and Deli today.

                  Oh, and they told me that Y and Y had their lease expire or something and is trying to move into a new spot at 10th and Clement.

                  Yummy Yummy
                  1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

            2. RWCFoodie RE: mariacarmen Jan 3, 2011 10:50 AM

              We stopped for banh mi at Y&Y on New Years Eve morning - enjoyed them very much but especially enjoyed the whole Clement Street scene! Nothing like it in my part of the Peninsula (unfortunately).

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                bigwheel042 RE: mariacarmen Jan 30, 2011 01:02 AM

                After trying about half a dozen of Y and Y's sandwiches, I think I've found my favorite, which appears to be a relatively new addition there and is not on the menu at most other banh mi joints in SF: the Vietnamese red pork, aka thit roi. Not for the faint of heart (literally), this meat has enough fat on it to make a cardiologist wince. But the fat combines with the mayo on the sandwich to add a delicious richness to the whole thing that plays very nicely off the crispness of the cilantro, pickle, and jalapeno. Likely the best sandwich I've ever had for under $4.

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