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Seven continents, seven seas, seven billion people and seven thousand good eats …

Jai Yun, Chinese banquet in San Francisco

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Even though this one is situated in the heart of Chinatown, this is not your average Chinese restaurant. You definitely can’t go by the yelp averages. Think of it as anti-thesis Chinese takeout – there is nothing fast, cheap or expected about Jai Yun. So be prepared to love it or hate it.

For us, the occasion was my 40th Birthday. What better day to treat oneself to something out of the ordinary.  We walked in early that evening to a familiar restaurant. No, it was our first at Jai Yun but their current location is where another unusually good restaurant used to be – The Flying Pan. We ate our way through an upwards of 20 dishes, all distinctly different in textures and flavors. Our server described each dish in detail without which it would have been very difficult to tell what we were eating. Pacing was superb. If I had to pick a single star item, it would be pig ear scented with five spice mix but all the dishes could be described somewhere between competent to superb. Even though each dish was quite light in itself, after the 15th or 16th dish we did get a bit tired of eating.

All in all, definitely something worth doing once – like celebrating a 40th.

Crunchy vegetables with Goji berries

Crunchy vegetables with Goji berries

Napa Cabbage

Napa Cabbage

Pickled cucumber

Pickled cucumber

Vegetarian goose made from soy protein

Vegetarian goose made from soy protein

Chinese greens

Chinese greens

Lotus roots

Lotus roots

Tofu with coriander

Tofu with coriander

Mushrooms with shark fin

Mushrooms with shark fin

Pig tongue

Pig tongue

Abalone with egg white

Abalone with egg white

Fried wheat gluten with mushrooms, peppers, and chinese lily flower

Fried wheat gluten with mushrooms, peppers, and chinese lily flower

Fried Enoki mushrooms with basil

Fried Enoki mushrooms with basil

Tofu skin with edamame

Tofu skin with edamame

Mung bean glass noodles with Chinese bacon and green onions

Mung bean glass noodles with Chinese bacon and green onions

Sea bass with peas and corn

Sea bass with peas and corn

Pig ear scented with five spice

Pig ear scented with five spice

Loofah squash, woodear mushrooms, and gingko nut

Loofah squash, woodear mushrooms, and gingko nut

Chicken with szechuan pepper

Chicken with szechuan pepper

Slow braised beef

Slow braised beef

Chinese celery greens, onion, tofu, and pepper

Chinese celery greens, onion, tofu, and pepper

Whole fried fish in Chef's special spicy sauce

Whole fried fish in Chef’s special spicy sauce

Fried eggplant with Szechuan pepper and sugar

Fried eggplant with Szechuan pepper and sugar

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Written by Som

May 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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  1. […] steamed bass, fried frog legs, and the charcoal grilled abalone. The meal reminded us a bit of Jai Yun – particularly with respect to the meal cadence and number of dishes. A dish was served […]


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