Turns out that the ordering system at Yank Sing, that profiles customers on whether they're Asian, non-Asian or child, is the company's way of tracking demographics.
A popular photo posted on Reddit earlier today shows a waiter ringing in a customer's tab and captures a computer screen where servers must categorize the diner on their Asian or non-Asian background.
Shift lead Shi Li, who works at the Stevenson St. location downtown, said that the options don't lead to any sort of discount, extras, or priority seating.
"We serve only Asian food and my boss just wants to keep track of what kind of people are eating here" Li said. "There's no special discount for anybody."
Li was unable to comment on why they didn't profile other races. When asked about the demographic of Asian to non-Asian, Li said that it's a 50-50 split.
Yank Sing, a popular, white-clothed dim sum parlor frequented by FiDi business types in tailored suits and ties won SF Weekly's award for best dim sum in 2002 and 2005. The restaurant also won a James Beard award in 2009.