Yank Sing Dim Sum Review, San Francisco

Yank Sing Dim Sum Review, San Francisco


This Yank Sing San Francisco Dim Sum Restaurant Review is for the 49 Stevenson Street location, located between 1st and 2nd Streets.

Yank Sing, 49 Stevenson Street


Yank Sing Locations and Hours

There are two Yank Sing locations in San Francisco. The larger restaurant is in Rincon Center, at 101 Spear Street (indoor dining only), but we chose to visit the 49 Stevenson Street location, as it offers covered outdoor dining. Both locations serve dim sum 11am-3pm Wednesdays-Fridays, and 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Only the Spear Street location offers takeout and delivery.


Yank Sing Menu and Food

Yank Sing's Stevenson Street location, when we visited, by menu order, which is our preference, since it ensures freshly steamed dim sum.

Yank Sing Menu


First to arrive was our tea; I'd requested our favorite, which is a mixture of black tea with chrysanthemum blossoms. It needed to steep for a few minutes, and it was easy to tell when it was ready thanks to the elegant glass teapot it was served in.

Tea, Yank Sing


Most of our order arrived together. My husband and son split the fusion-style curried cream cheese shrimp wontons, which they enjoyed.

Curried Cream Cheese Shrimp Wontons, Yank Sing


I prefer more traditional dim sum, although the Seafood Basil Dumpling was my favorite of the steamed dumplings, with a wonderfully fresh seafood flavor and just the right amount of basil.

Seafood Basil Dumplings, Yank Sing Review


For vegetarians, there are several steamed dumpling options. We tried the mushroom dumplings, which were very good, especially with a bit of chili oil.

Mushroom Dumplings, Yank Sing


My husband wanted to get the Steamed BBQ Pork Bun. It was ok, but in my view, the weakest dish, as it could have used a more generous pork filling. It was hard not to compare them unfavorably to the fantastic baked bbq buns at Tim Ho Wan.

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, Yank Sing, San Francisco
Steamed BBQ Pork Bun, Yank Sing, San Francisco


Fortunately, the Shanghai Kurobuta Pork Soup Dumplings with red vinegar were excellent and helped make up for the disappointing bbq pork buns.

Shanghai Kurobuta Pork Soup Dumplings, Yank Sing Review, San Francisco


I also appreciated that there were several vegetable dishes on offer; we chose the Snap Peas with chili soy sauce, but were also tempted to get the eggplant or Chinese Broccoli.

Snap Peas, Yank Sing Review, San Francisco


Our lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice took a bit longer to prepare, and when it arrived we also asked about our missing har gao (shrimp dumplings). The sticky rice was excellent, especially with a bit of chili oil, although I wouldn't have minded just a bit more meat, Chinese sausage, and mushroom in the filling.

Lotus Leaf Wrapped Sticky Rice, Yank Sing


The har gao arrived last, which was fine with us, as it allowed us to eat them piping hot. The shrimp was plump and juicy, so no complaints with the filling, although in Hong Kong we've had har gao with more delicate wrappers.

Har Gao (Shrimp Dumplings), Yank Sing


Yank Sing Service

We greatly appreciated the service from the Restaurant Manager when we visited Yank Sing. We have a severe food allergy in our family, which we'd noted when making the reservation, and the manager reassured us that the allergen wasn't used at all in the kitchen, and was only present in one dish that was sourced from another provider. She was both thorough and compassionate, which isn't always the case at restaurants. She also understood exactly what I wanted with my off-the-menu tea request, and executed it perfectly.

The restaurant was busy, so the only service lapse was that our water glasses weren't refilled. Fortunately we always have a water bottle with us, so we didn't go thirsty.


The Verdict

We had a delightful dim sum lunch at Yank Sing's Stevenson Street location in San Francisco. Highlights were the outdoor seating (there's only indoor seating available at the larger Spear Street location); superb service from the restaurant manager, and excellent seafood basil dumplings, soup dumplings, and lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice. The mushroom dumplings and har gao (shrimp dumplings) were also good, although I was a bit disappointed with the char siu bao, which I wish had more pork filling in them. I also wish that the Stevenson Street location offered cheung fun (steamed rice rolls), which the larger Spear Street location does.

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