Review of 'Little Yang Sing'

Visiting Manchester on a Friday around about lunch time we decided to make the most of our visit and go to Chinatown for dim sum. This is not my first dim sum meal in the city, that was in 2006 when I visited Yang Sing which happens to be “Little Yang Sing”'s bigger parent restaurant but it is, unfortunately, currently closed. So, we decided to give the “younger” Yang Sing a try. Located on George Street in the heart of Manchester's Chinatown, “Little Yang Sing” could be easily missed, with a modest entrance on the pavement leading down into a fairly modern, large restaurant spread over several rooms.

Interior - Seating Area

Despite it being a quiet Friday we had to wait a few minutes before being shown to a seat as the waitress was taking an order for food over the phone then provided a takeaway for another group seated opposite us. Our modest table was at the far end of the restaurant where all tables had plastic screens between them. Shown a menu, we were left to browse. The menu has not a huge selection with dim sum on two pages with the rest of the menu devoted to their dinner or more traditional Chinese dining options. We concentrated on the dim sum.

As we ordered we were reminded that the dishes would arrive as they were cooked so, in no particular order:

Glutinous Rice Parcel with Dried Shrimps & Meat

The “Glutinous Rice Parcel with Dried Shrimps & Meat” (£5.95) was, oddly, served cut in half with the cut side down on top of a small plate of fried scrambled egg. Despite this, the rice tasted nice with a good amount of flavourful filling.

Shanghai Mini Pork Meat Buns

One of my favourites, as it brings back memories of my trip to China, “Shanghai Style Mini Buns with Pork Meat” (£5.95) was very tasty. The pork-filled dumplings should have a bit more juice but it was very flavourful though easy to tear and lose the juice within.

Choi Sum (Oyster Sauce)

After some discussion we managed to order some off-menu “Steamed Choi Sum with Oyster Sauce” (£11.95) which was a good sized portion and full of flavour. Unlike other establishments, this was not overly steamed and still retained a good bite to the vegetables and it was not swamped with sauce.

Dim Sum - Scallop Dumplings, Steamed Char Siu Bun and Thai Fish Cake

For the rest of our choices, we had (Steamed) “Scallop Dumplings” (£5.95) which were quite bland, “Steamed Char Siu Bun” (£5.95) which was wonderfully fluffy and full of flavourful filing (fantastic fun!), and “Thai Fish Cake” (£5.95) which was crispy and delicious, perfectly pitched with the dipping sauce provided.

Spring Rolls and Dips

The “Vegetable Spring Roll” (£5.95) was filled more with noodles than vegetable but tasted ok.

At £52.45 for two of us (including a “discretionary” 10% service charge) without any drinks (!) it was quite a pricey lunch but the food was all extremely fresh and tasted good, though not amazing. The waitress that served us was professional but not overly friendly. I would be anxious to try other, perhaps more cheaper, offerings in the area before we return.

Interior - Arch

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2022-03-11

Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 17 George St, Manchester M1 4HE ENGLAND

Location: Manchester (England)



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