Ignoring the "10 Famous Dishes" List at Yuet Lee
|W. Blake Gray|
|Yuet Lee's shrimp with scrambled egg rice plate, $6.50|
Anyone unfamiliar with Cantonese food will find it hard to feel lost ordering at Yuet Lee. In fact, it'd be hard to lose sight of Yuet Lee -- you could probably spot that electric-green exterior through the fog from the top of Coit Tower. Newcomers can't -- and shouldn't -- ignore the list of the restaurant's "10 famous dishes" taped up next to the kitchen window. Steamed oysters on the shell, make the list, as well as spare ribs, clams with black bean sauce, and the ultrafamous salt-and-pepper squid, which I used to make midnight runs for back in the 1990s.
Sam Yu has owned Yuet Lee for 33 years, operating out of the same location. Yu is the rounder, smiling guy in all the photos of famous people, chilling with with Nicolas Cage, competitive eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, and Jackie Chan. Famous people eat famous food.
|W. Blake Gray|
|Hard to miss Yuet Lee's acid-green exterior.|
The curls of squid with tender greens we ordered were a little tough and underseasoned. But the shrimp with scrambled eggs made up for it. The eggs were scrambled into starch-thickened chicken stock at the last minute so they formed a glossy sauce that looked as if it contained thousands of shreds of yellow silk. The sauce covered a plate of rice, blending together as I scooped it up with a fork. Bright green peas popped between the teeth, echoes of the fat, juicy, coral-colored shrimp. Yuet Lee's shrimp with scrambled eggs may not have been famous, but it still hit the spot.
Yuet Lee: 1300 Stockton (at Broadway), 982-6020.