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Going to Yank Sing for the first time [San Francisco]

We are going to have dim sum (or is it deem sum?) for the first time ever at Yank Sing. Is there a difference in the two locations that is worth considering? Also, is it mandatory to leave there feeling like you've just eaten a weeks' worth of food?

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

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  1. If there are carts, the cart ladies will be pushy, so it's easy to order too much food. It's also easy because it smells so good. Order too much, eat too much, but it's all the diner's fault. The more people you go with, the less you will end up eating, simply because you'll want to order lots to taste everything.

    1. I like the Rincon Center location because the old Post Office is a treasure.
      My own style of eating there is to slow things down. A lot. Order one or two items and politely refuse any more until you finish round one. Keep your eyes and ears open (you're actually taking inventory) before ordering one or two more items for round two. How many rounds you go for is up to you. I like to arrive early to avoid a wait. I used to sit in the back near the kitchen in order to flag the carts as they came out but that's not really necessary. Going with a group is a lot more fun than dining solo or as a couple (increase the number of items per round accordingly). Dim sum dining is a bit of a celebration: bring a good attitude and an appetite.

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      1. re: steve h.

        You sound like a pro at this. Thanks for passing on what you know.

        1. re: JENNYBEEAY

          For tea I like Gok Bo. Do not miss the shanghai dumplings, my friends always get the cabbage salad- its good, but not sure it is a necessity. Watch out for some items. Often for no good reason Chinese Brocolli (Gai Lan) is $10 a plate. Should be the least expensive item, but usually is not.....

      2. As Steve H. recommends - going slow is a good strategy for not overeating. What you order is also important - order many fried items and you're bound to feel heavy afterwards if not before.
        A variety of items - textures, tastes, cooking techniques will lead to a balanced meal. Pu-er tea is supposed to be a "grease cutter" - some folks order it with a blend of chrysanthemum because it can be a bit austere on its own. A group is a lot of fun but be careful sometimes it can lead to over ordering - if you've ever been to a Chowhound dim sum experience you'll understand this statement. Everybody's excited and chattering away ....... each wants to order his/her favorite item ....... oh, make it 3 orders of that etc .... have fun and let us know what you think about Yank Sing.

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

        1. Would advise arriving by 2:00 at the latest. The food quality tends to go downhill at the end of the day.

          1. Yes, I too recommend Rincon Center. They validate parking for weekend dim sum, so don't forget your ticket.

            It's ideal to pace yourself and to not grab too many items too quickly. But with cart places, the danger with not grabbing an appealing item when you first see it is that you may not see it again (unless it's a bread and butter stuff like hargau, which you're guaranteed to see again and again). Having said that, my experiences at Yank Sing have been that pretty much everything you see on cart comes around time after time. So I do think you can pace your ordering without worrying that you may not be able to get something later.

            Hope you like Yank Sing. It's expensive and has its distractors. But I think it is the best dim sum in the city. Definitely get their XLB.

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            1. re: chowmouse

              if you don't see an item you want, ask one of the wait staff with a headset (in-house intercom). They'll order/locate it for you or at least tell you if it's sold out.