Sometimes the Chinese name tells you more about a dish than the English name; sometimes a key ingredient is unexplained. The Chinese characters for "stir-fried string beans with Yibin veggie buds" ($8.95) make plain that the vegetables are dry-fried but are silent about the crumbled buds that garnish them. Several other New York menus are equally unilluminating. A web search for "Yibin Dunlop," however, reveals that the first is a southern Sichuanese city and that the second is an invaluable source of info on Chinese cookery. Though Ms. Dunlop doesn't spell out the preserved vegetable for which Yibin is famous and that is a "vital ingredient" in this dish, I believe the veggie buds are pickled mustard shoots.
HLY Chinese Cuisine
43-23 Main St. (Cherry-Elder Aves.), Flushing, Queens