What strikes me as odd and probably the most unique thing about Yank Sing’s south of Market location is that they have the only visible advertisement from this angle.
Compare that to the loud advertising that most other local Chinese restaurants have to compete with.
Some people still swear that Yank Sing is the best Chinese food in the city. I think it definitely has some of the most expensive Chinese food in the city ($16 – $20.50 for fried rice?!) But they also manufacture their own chili pepper sauce, which is worth its weight in gold.
Every single store I’ve ever seen that carries the Yank Sing Chili Pepper Sauce in The Outer Sunset always stores it behind the counter, right next to the cigarettes and lottery tickets. This is the kind of spices that trade wars have been fought over. Say what you will about the restaurant, I think most of San Francisco would descend into anarchy in a heartbeat if they were unable to get their fix of Yank Sing’s Chili Pepper Sauce.