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The thread, "Does dim sum just suck in San Fran?", contained several references to old school dim sum which stirred the memory but I failed to latch onto the name of an old school establishment I frequented in the '70's, can anyone help? It was on the southwest corner of Stockton and B'way. They served a rice roll filled with ham, cilantro, and pickled (on the sweet side) vegetable I have not found again. Anyone know where this rice roll could be found?

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  1. I don't remember any dim sum shops or restaurants on the SW block of that intersection. The SE block has the to-go shops Louie's on Stockton (probably been there for a few decades now) and on Broadway the current Yummy BBQ Kitchen which was Mon Kiang and Ton Kiang before that. A couple doors down is You's. Across the street is the restaurant Hing Lung which makes the steamed rice crepes called cheung fun to order.

    Was the vegetable crunchy or leafy? If it was mustard greens then I'd suspect that you had a Hakka style filling which point to Yummy BBQ. But I don't know if they're still making Hakka items though they do make salt baked chickens.

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    Hing Lung Restaurant
    674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Yummy BBQ Kitchen
    683 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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    1. re: PorkButt

      Pork Butt
      The pickle was close to cucumber relish, not mustard relish. I do wish I were more sure of the intersection.

    2. I recall the place on that corner in the 70's...forget the name. Yank Sing was in that general area, but not on the corner. Very popular.

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      Yank Sing
      49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. I remember those rolls, I loved them. Except I believe it was char siu, not ham.

        I used to pick out the cilantro - now I know better!

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        1. re: Cindy

          "...I believe it was char siu..."
          We always worried the issue. I thought that if the the slice of lean slice of fat was their char siu than the rice roll had ham

          1. re: CYL

            > an old school establishment ... southwest corner of Stockton and B'way

            Just in case your location isn't exact, Tung Fong was one block south of there at Stockton and Pacific.

            1. re: CYL

              Yes, they were very similar to these. Can these be gotten now

            2. On the corner of Powell and Broadway was the first Yang Sang in the late 60 and early 70. When the orginal owner was still working out the formula for the persent site. Now the grand kids are in charge. I remember that it closed for a while for the owner to work on her skills in Hong Kong. I was still a big kid or a young man then. Wish I have the older generation to ask but I am not teh older generation.

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              1. re: yimster

                The place was very small and low keyed by Dum Sum standards, two steps away from a hole in the wall

                1. re: wew

                  It was maybe 25 feet by 25 feet on the corner and well I would call it a hole in the hole. Seating for about 30 people at the most. It was Yank Sang and then it was sold to a family member (of Yank Sang) after Yang Sank move to it second location. Then it has been a Chinese Deli since then

                  Now it's a small eats Cantonese. Gordon Wing favorite Chinese Beef Stew takeout. Forgot the name now.

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                  Chinese Deli
                  401 Miller Ave B, Mill Valley, CA

                2. re: yimster

                  I recall Yank Sing on Broadway between Stockton and Grant where VIP Coffee is now, though I believe it had earlier moved from Broadway and Powell (where Kow Sam, now Kam Po Kitchen was). I don't recall a restaurant on the southwest corner of Stockton and Broadway. Wasn't that where the Times Theater was?

                  1. re: yimster

                    Yank Sing was a 40-seat hole in the wall at Broadway and Powell from 1958 to maybe 1962 Then it moved to a larger location a couple of doors down from the southeast corner of Broadway and Stockton.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      The second location I believe is where Mon Kaing (sp) is now. VIP is too far down the block as I remember it. Do not remember the dates exactly when Yang Sang was on Powell but if they left in 62 I was still a kid then. Hard to believe I was ever a kid.

                      If I remember correctly the second became a Ton Kiang when it was Hakka food.

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                      Ton Kiang
                      5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

                      1. re: yimster

                        This article puts Yank Sing at 671 Broadway (address of current VIP Coffee) in 1977. http://is.gd/cMoJ4

                        Mon Kiang, FWIW, is now Yummy Kitchen (but same food).

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                        Yank Sing
                        49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

                        1. re: soupçon

                          I stand corrected. After all I getting old and do not remember as I once did.

                          1. re: yimster

                            I think the place I was thinking of was across B'way from a school.

                        2. re: yimster

                          Yeah, after Yank Sing moved Ton Kiang took over the space, then when they moved to a larger location the new occupants just changed the "T" to an "M."

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            Robert that is what I remember too. But the articels says something else. But I do not remember a lot of thing but food and where to get it something I do not frorget normally.

                            1. re: yimster

                              I agree with yimster. When Yank Sing moved to the midle of the block, a place opened on the corner of Powell and B'way. It became very popular, and friends of ours who were dim sum fanatics recommended it. I think it only lasted about 5 years. It was very popular and everyone complained about the parking. Maybe it can be tracked down by researching old Health dept ratings.

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                              Yank Sing
                              49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

                              1. re: yimster

                                That Rotarian article is from 1977, and it states correctly for the time that Yank Sing was at 671 Broadway. It also mentions Kow Sam at 801 Broadway, which I think was the original YS location.

                                http://books.google.com/books?id=HjUE...