Restaurant Review – Yang Sing

The shining star of China Town

 

I first went to the Yang Sing in 1998. I loved it then – partly because they made me try delicious things that were outside of my comfort zone – and I still love it now.

 

Yang Sing

 

It was a real pleasure to be able to send our reviewer Elaine and new photographer Jenny along to give them the once over!

 

Over to you Elaine ……

Elaine

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Last week I visited Yang Sing in Manchester’s China Town.

I have lived in Manchester for nearly 12 years and yet had somehow never got around to paying this well known restaurant a visit. 

Yang Sing opened its doors in 1977 and is family owned.

The restaurant itself is smart and stylish and surprisingly light considering its below pavement level.

The bar is well stocked and there is a sizeable wine list, and as you would expect a nice selection of traditional teas.

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Dim Sum Menu

 

Alongside the a la carte menu is a separate menu of Dim Sum. Restaurant manager Peter explained that Dim Sum is amongst the popular style of dishes in China and available from breakfast right through until evening.

We asked Peter if he had any recommendations from the menu and he suggested they send us a selection from the Dim Sum menu so we could try the variety available.

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Dim Sum Yang Sing.

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Dim Sum Yang Sing.

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Dim Sum Yang Sing.

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They chose eight varieties for us in total ranging from steamed dumplings to panko bread crumbed cuttlefish and chicken samosas. The Dim Sum are served with a soy sauce, chilli oil and sweet and sour sauce in little flower shaped dishes.

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I think my favourite three where:

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1. Steamed beef dumpling in ginger and spring onion sauce

The beef filling was succulent and very tasty, the stock style sauce was aromatic with lots of flavour and you could really taste the ginger without it taking over.

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2. Paper wrapped prawns

The ‘Paper wrapped prawns’ were light and had a generous filling of prawn and carrot inside the wafer thin crispy paper wrapping. They went really well with the chilli oil, which was nicely spicy and added a nice amount of heat to the sweet filling.

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3. Steamed prawn and spinach dumplings

Finally one we both agreed on as soon as we tried it – the ‘Steamed prawn and spinach dumplings’. These were again generously filled and had a delicate flavour. The spinach dumpling added something extra to the dish and overall I think was my favourite of all the ones we tried.

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The Dim Sum are available for lunch as a menu on their own or alongside the a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. They range from £3.90 to £5.80 and are a great sharing option for lunch with friends.

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Dim Sum Yang Sing

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The Kitchens

 

After we had eaten Bonnie (whose family own the restaurant) showed us around the kitchens – they were a hive of activity.

She showed us the dim sum preparation area where they are made on a wooden block that has the restaurant has used since her grandmothers time.  Bonnie explained that you have to use a wooden surface so that they don’t stick. We also saw the scales that the Dim Sum Master uses to measure the ingredients that look almost like an antique.

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Bonnie Yeung Yang Sing

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Kitchens The Yang Sing.

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Kitchens Yang Sing.

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Yang Sing also prepares sucking pig for the restaurant and also for local families who collect them for celebrations at home.

Next we went to the upstairs kitchen where the ovens used to prepare them are situated. They look like giant kettles and have a hinged lid and a small hatch on the front. When we looked through the hatch the smell was incredible – just like Sunday dinner (the oven had been used that morning but was now empty). Next to the oven is a open grill with heated tiles for spit roasting where the chefs turn the meat by hand.

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Traditional methods and ingredients

 

Traditional methods and ingredients are important to Yang Sing and Bonnie explained that getting the best quality means sometimes doing battle with the newer restaurants in Manchester whose famous chefs are also demanding the best from the same suppliers.

It’s nice to know they care so much about their product; it’s probably why they have had such a great reputation for so long.

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Yang Sing, 34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY

Tel: 0161 236 2200

Website: yang-sing.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Yang-Sing/

Twitter: @yangsingmcr

Email: info@yang-sing.com

 

 

Elaine x

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Photographs: McAvoy Photography, Elaine Bowers

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other restaurant reviews:

The Parlour – Beech Road, Chorlton

Linen – Manchester 235

The Angel – Northern Quarter

Stock Restaurant – Manchester City Centre

The Oxnoble – Potato Wharf

Etrop Grange – Manchester Airport

Thomas Restaurant – Northern Quarter

Saffran – Trafford Centre

The Blue Pig – Northern Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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